And here she is receiving an honor earlier this year:
CHCI Announces 2010 Hispanic Heritage Month Events 'Celebrating History, Heritage and the American Dream'
WASHINGTON, May 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- CHCI today announced September 12-15, 2010, as the dates for its 2010 Hispanic Heritage Month celebration in Washington, D.C. with the theme "Celebrating History, Heritage and the American Dream." CHCI hosts the nation's premier events commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month, which draws over 3,000 Latino leaders from across the country to its Public Policy Conference, Reyes of Comedy Night, and Annual Awards Gala.
"This year's theme reflects the historical contributions of Latinos in the United States as we join the celebration of Latin American landmark independence anniversaries all over the hemisphere and the 400 year anniversary of the founding of the city of Santa Fe," said Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez, CHCI Chair.
"Our theme also embodies the Latino community's embrace of the American Dream and its commitment to the success of this great nation. We expect a huge turnout this year to hear from members of Congress, Cabinet secretaries, and other national leaders on how the Latino community will play an integral role in leading this nation forward in the 21st century."
CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien will celebrity host the 33rd Annual Awards Gala on September 15, 2010. O'Brien is a recipient of CHCI's 2009 Medallion of Excellence Award for Leadership and Community Service. She joined CNN in 2003 and has reported breaking news from around the globe and award-winning, celebrated documentaries on the most important stories and issues facing the world today. Last October CNN aired O'Brien's groundbreaking documentary series, Latino in America, exploring the cultural contributions and impact of Latinos. Her documentary, Rescued, about orphans in Haiti, recently aired on May 8th.
And here she is giving advice:
One might say O’Brien has the market cornered, being a journalist who represents more than one community. Her advice on how to report in a growing multi-cultural world is to “Go and see for yourself…The problem when you’re talking about multiculturalism is that people like to sit at a desk and report about a community. Get on a plane and…figure it out! Walk among the people. See where there’s tension, see where there’s joy, see what the real situation is. Have some personal experience because that’s where you’re going to get your stories. Stories are not going to come from reading six articles – they never do. Stories come from saying, ‘Wow! There’s something really interesting going on in my neighborhood. What’s going on there?’ You’re not going to get it from reading. Anybody can tell a good story, but you have to be there to witness it with a recorder.”
Hey, Soledad, I'm Marica and I'm Black. It's not necessary for me to add "and Cuban and Irish and . . ." I'm Black. You're multi-racial. Nothing wrong with that. And I think it is the future and will hopefully lead to less and less racism (which I believe was Lenny Bruce's argument for intermarriage). But when you can claim more than one, you aren't just one.
She's not Black. She's multi-racial and that's great because she gets to have so many wonderful parts that make her a whole. But it doesn't make her Black.
She needs to get over her anger at Rev. Jackson and apologize to him publicly since she's had a temper tantrum in her new book.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"