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Los Angeles – January 14, 2015 – Soledad O'Brien takes one of America's most challenging conversations on the road as her ongoing Black in America series brings the explosive issue of police brutality to college campuses.
Black in America 2015 gathers academics and experts, students, and community members of all races and politics to discuss their personal stories of how policing impacts their lives. The award-winning journalist and philanthropist presents a detailed examination of the facts behind community policing, racial profiling, controversial crime reduction tactics, and arrest quotas. And, we see the shocking videos that show how a war between civil rights and crime reduction is unfurling on America's streets.
The multi-city tour gives audiences - from Miami to Houston to Massachusetts - an inside look at the latest installment of O'Brien's Black in America documentary series: Black & Blue. The gripping hour aired on CNN just as protests erupted on American streets. The story begins with shocking exclusive footage of Eric Garner choked to death in NY, then uses graphic videos and incisive interviews to show how the lives of young men are fractured by aggressive policing. One is a Latino man who is beaten by police when he stops to watch them make a random arrest - even as cameras roll. The other, a young man feeling the emotional pain of being stopped and frisked by officers 100 times for no apparent reason. The documentary film also shares the perspective of black NYPD officers who believe the "stop and frisk" tactic fights crime and keeps their communities safe.
Does crime fall when people live in fear of the police? Is it worth the price? Join the conversation on the Black in America 2015 Tour.
To view the official “Black in America: Black & Blue” trailer, click here.
Soledad will open up the floor to the college community, socio-political and luminary panelists including St. Louis, Missouri’s 21
st Ward Alderman Antonio French, Economist, Author and Political Commentator Dr. Julianne Maleaux, political and civic leader, as well as former Chief Executive Officer of the NAACP, Benjamin Jealous, politically and socially conscious rapper, author and producer Chuck D of Public Enemy, socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell, and more. To close the evening, guests will be granted a meet and greet opportunity.
"Black in America is about Americans talking about the uncomfortable issue of race, about opening the floor to new perspectives, problems and the powerful experiences of regular people. This is a forum for the conversation America is ready to have -- why do so many black Americans fear the very people that are supposed to protect them?" -- Soledad O'Brien
The tour will commence at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA on February 3
rd, crossing the eastern and central United States to conclude at Florida International University in Miami on February 25 th. The official tour routing is available on www.iamtheconversation.com.
To view the official Black in America 2015 Tour trailer, please click here. For more information, please visit www.iamtheconversation.
Join the conversation in the following dates and cities:
Tuesday, February 3
rd Bucknell University The Weiss Center
Wednesday, February 4
th University of Massachusetts Boston Campus Center Ballroom
Tuesday, February 10
th Purdue University Elliot Hall of Music
Wednesday, February 11
th Pennsylvania State University Eisenhower Auditorium
Thursday, February 12
th Bloomsburg University Carver Hall
Tuesday, February 17
th University of Georgia Tate Student Center Grand Hall
Tuesday, February 24
th University of Houston Student Union
Wednesday, February 25
th Florida International University WUC Ballrooms
**O’Brien will be available for select interviews in advance of her appearance in each market. If interested, see below contact info
About Soledad O’Brien
Soledad O’Brien is an award winning journalist,
documentarian, news anchor, producer and television personality. At the forefront of the biggest breaking news stories of the past two decades, O’Brien is one of the most sought-after journalists of current day. In June 2013, O’Brien launched Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company, dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories that take a challenging look at the often divisive issues of race, class, wealth, poverty and opportunity, through personal stories. She is the originator of the highly successful documentary series “Black in America” and “Latino in America” which will continue being produced under Starfish Media Group. Through SMG, O’Brien also contributes additional programming to CNN, HBO Real Sports and Al Jazeera America.
About Starfish Media Group