On Friday March 1, 2013 Journalist Soledad O'brien served as the hostess for the exclusive VIP Black Tie screening of "Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles" held at Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center. The CNN journalist is well known for her own documentary series Black in America and Latino in America is planning more documentaries through her production company Starfish Media.
Always stunning, Soledad wore stunning strapless gown designed in South Africa. In her words her dress was "made from a 165 foot long zipper stitched together." She accessorized the exquisite full length gown with strappy silver heels and her wedding rings.
Although Soledad wore a South African gown, the film that she was introducting was about a different part of Africa: Juffereh, Gambia, West Africa. Gambia was the birth place of Mandinka Warrior Kunta Kinteh who was featured in the 1977 mini series Roots.
"Kunta Kinteh Island: Coming Home Without Shackles" directed by Elvin Ross traces the life of Kunta Kinteh from his life in Gambia to his brutal enslavement and his lasting family legacy in the US as well as in Africa. The film ends with James Island where Kunta was first enslaved being formally renamed Kunta Kinteh Island on February 6, 2011.