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Soledad O'Brien visits MTSU

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Emmy award-winning journalist , former CNN anchorwoman Soledad O'Brien was a keynote speaker last night at MTSU's National Women's History month opening event. The theme for the festivities is "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.

Currently, she is working with Al Jazeera America as a special correspondent, contributor to the HBO Bryant Gumbel series,"Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel," and starting her own media company Starfish Media Group.

Of course, we all recognize Soledad for her popular CNN series, "Blacks in America," which opened the world's eyes to the up and down lifestyles African Americans face in society.

Her visit was influential at the campus as she was welcomed as a keynote speaker among a diverse audience of students, fans, and members of her public service sorority Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The journalist offered her personal story providing insight on how she made it to be where she is now in the media industry. This time around she offered her knowledge and thoughts on the hot topic of “Diversity: On TV, Behind the Scenes and In Our Lives.” In addition, she eloquently spoke about her personal story and journey to get where she is now in the media world.

The highlight of the evening would have to be the question and answer session at the end when she opened the floor up to her audience.

The best advice was when she exuded female empowerment giving advice on how you should always have a group of mentors to help you get to the next level.

Brittany Rae Gregory, Mass Communications graduate student said, "I enjoyed Soledad speaking about finding mentors in your field. A mentor can be a clearly identified mentor or just someone that you admire and see as a role model."

Soledad believed that having mentors were a great thing. She advised that some of mentors shouldn't know that they are a mentor and you study them from far distance.

Another highlight, was when Soledad spoke of Maya Angelou being her favorite historical figure and she felt so moved when Maya complemented her telling her she had grown up as a woman and she was proud of her.

In the end, she was presented with special gifts from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Rutherford County Alumnae and MTSU Iota Tau chapters.

Overall, it was a great event, location and nice crowd for the MTSU event. Soledad had a genuine spirit and she is paving the way offering women empowerment and guidance for us upcoming journalist in the world.

Learn more about Soledad Obrien here.

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