Soledad O'Brien may've caught out attention with her "Black in America" series on CNN, but the bi-racial broadcaster has done so much more during her career. Beginning as a producer more than two decades ago, O'Brien has earned her spot at the top as one of the country's best broadcasters. We're honored to have her join us at the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience on July 6-8. Here's a look back at her journey.
In 2007, O’Brien began a CNN documentary series entitled Black in America that turned quite a few heads. Digging into the African American experience, the reporter exposed what life is like for blacks in this country. Thanks to the show’s success, the follow-up Latino in America aired in 2009.
“My Cuban-born mother is wonderful … this woman who didn’t teach her children Spanish did teach us pride. ’Don’t let them tell you you’re not black,’ she tells me. ’Don’t let them tell you you’re not Hispanic or not Cuban.’ And I don’t. The fact that I work for CNN has fostered my commitment to telling great stories about people of color,” Soledad wrote for CNN.