Soledad O’Brien, former CNN reporter, award-winning journalist and documentarian is coming to Stony Brook University’s Staller Center at 6 p.m. on Feb. 6, 2015, to deliberate and host an open panel regarding her “Black in America” tour.
The event will include an interactive panel of discussion about the issues communities of minority face day-to-day. Footage of police brutality and aggression towards these communities will also be shown, as well as interviews of individuals lives who have been affected from this issue.
- Antonio French: Alderman of the 21st Ward, St. Louis.
- Dr. Julianne Malveaux: Economist, author and political commentator.
- Benjamin Jealous: Former Chief Executive Officer of the NAACP.
- Chuck D: Politically/socially conscious rapper, author and producer.
- W. Kamau Bell: Socio-political comedian.
O’Brien created the CNN documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America” which discuss the on-going issue of police cruelty and race. She launched the production and distribution group, Starfish Media Group, which investigates and uncovers personal stories concerning issues in race, wealth, poverty and class in the United States.
As journalism students, I think this would be the perfect event to cover for mobile reporting.
With the opportunity of a meet and greet at the end of the event, this would give you the chance to ask questions to the panelists directly, get audience members thoughts and reactions, and shoot up close photos and videos. From Michael Brown in Missouri to Eric Garner in New York, this would be a great event to cover since this controversial topic has been all over the media within the past year.
You can read more about the event at Stony Brook University here.