Soledad O’Brien’s “Matter of Fact Listening Tour”

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For those who don’t know, Soledad O’Brien is a widely known journalist and documentarian, and she now is the host of her own talk show! Her new talk show called, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, aires live on The show uncovers and explores the ongoing problems America is facing today, such as: racial injustice and inequality. Due to America’s recent awakening of racial injustice, there is no better time than right now to dive into these sensitive topics as well as promote racial equality online nationwide.

In one interview with Soledad, Soledad discusses her background and how she defines herself as an American. Both her parents are foreigners; her mom was born in Cuba and her dad was from Australia. Thus, she grew up in an interracial household, which in a way has shaped her perception on what it means to be an American and has shaped her perception on life as a whole. She also points out that the conversation surrounding what it means to be an American for immigrants has negated and created a division between Americans who were born in America and those who were not born in America.

In most recent news, Soledad’s second special, “To Be An American: Identity, Race and Justice” will be airing tonight (March 18th) at 7 p.m. EST. This particular episode will address recent current events in America, such as the Capitol riot which occurred in January, and the continuing occurrences with police brutality. From reassessing these current events, Soledad will point out there is a need for change and it is up to us to redefine what it means to be an American. Tonight’s special will start off with a pop quiz asking the audience questions of a “citizenship test” which will be based on the actual citizenship test for immigrants and for what it takes to be an American. Special guests will be attending today’s special including, Ilyasah Shabazz, Nikki Pitre, Shaka King, Gina Brillon, and Nikole Hannah- Jones.

Soledad’s transparency and openness to talk about such sensitive topics are admiring and honorable. One thing that stood out to me from Soledad’s new talk show was learning about Soledad’s upbringing and how she was born in an interracial household. I will definitely watch tonight’s episode, as well as continue learning about the discrepancies of racial injustice. Her talk show will hopefully inspire and educate Americans on these crucial matters and will hopefully ignite change in the world. In my opinion, I believe there needs to be more research shedding light on racial inequality and injustice, in order to uncover and distinguish the root of the problem. Most likely, the root of the problem can be traced to a person’s upbringing or childhood. Not to solely blame parents but parents have a huge responsibility on what they teach their children, and what they expose to their children.

Make sure to tune in tonight at 7 p.m. EST, to watch Soledad’s new episode “To Be An American: Identity, Race, and Justice.” The episode can also be viewed on the Matter of Fact’s website, Youtube, or Facebook Live channels.

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