Soledad O’Brien
Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes & in Our Lives
September 23, 2016

•  Journalist, Educator & Mentor

•  Originator of CNN’s “In America” Series

•  Former CNN and NBC Anchor

O'BrianTulsa Performing Arts Center 40th Anniversary Speaker

As an internationally recognized broadcaster, Soledad O’Brien brings wider exposure to critical issues through her empowering initiatives, in-depth coverage of breaking news and documentaries.  Recipient of numerous Emmys and Peabody Award, O’Brien served as a special correspondent for Al Jazeera’s flagship show, America Tonight,and HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.  In 2013, O’Brien launched Starfish Media Group to produce stories that take a challenging look at issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity.

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Magic City Books/Tulsa Literary Coalition suggests the following titles as complimentary reading selections for this season’s speakers. All titles are available at the library. Visit to access the catalog.

Soledad O’Brien: “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes & in Our Lives”

O’Brien has spent much of her career examining race in America. In addition to her memoir you might enjoy the two books below, which offer views of Latino and African American history in America.

The Next Big Story: My Journey through the Land of Possibilities by Soledad O’Brien (2010). An intimate look behind the CNN journalist’s most compelling reporting moments and how it has shaped her perspective on America’s future.

Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto (2014). Maps the influence of America’s Hispanic past, from the explorers and conquistadors who helped colonize Puerto Rico and Florida, to the missionaries and rancheros who settled in California and the 20th-century resurgence in major cities like Chicago and Miami.

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (2016).  Kendi’s provocative egalitarian argument combines prodigious reading and research with keen insights into the manipulative power of racist ideologies that suppress the recognition of diversity. This is a must for serious readers of American history, politics, or social thought (Library Journal).