CNN O’Brien’s Black in America Comes To SBU

Soledad O’Brien, a former CNN news anchor and creator of the Black in America special, is bringing her tour to Seawolves on Monday, Feb. 16 to bring the issues black families and black women face into the mainstream media.

The Peabody Award-winning journalist will be at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center of the Arts to start a conversation on campus brings the explosive issue of police brutality to college campuses.. The series — from Houston to Massachusetts — comes after the latest installment of O’Brien’s documentary series: “Black & Blue,” an hour-long presentation on CNN about the racial protests in the streets of New York and Ferguson. Although the story begins with “shocking exclusive footage of Eric Garner choked to death” by police.

After her presentation, the conversation will be open to the public, alongside panelists: St. Louis, Missouri’s 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French, Political Commentator Julianne Maleaux, former Chief Executive Officer of the NAACP Benjamin Jealous, the producer Chuck D of Public Enemy comedy, W. Kamau Bell, and more.

Going Mobile

This story would be captured best with mobile reporting because the story has many elements to it. The smartphone can pick up the visual and audio, through photography, videography and by recording audio soundbites. Also the event is social media friendly; the event is quotable, perfect for live tweeting. After the open forum, there is a meet and great, which would be best for interacting one on one with O’Brien, the panelists and guests.


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