Soledad O’Brien Goes Digital On Race Relations

In a hour-long digital edition of her syndicated show Matter of Fact tomorrow night (7 p.m. ET), O'Brien will lead a discussion of race and privilege, racial stress, the impact of bias in the images and language in our daily news and the creation of stereotypes and how they influence the way we think. It will livestream on the digital platforms of Matter of Fact and most Hearst media properties.

Soledad O’Brien, host of Hearst Television’s public affairs show Matter of Fact, will lead a conversation about race, equality and justice tomorrow on a special digital edition of her syndicated show that will be livestreamed on the Matter of Fact website as well as the digital platforms of the Hearst TV, newspapers and magazines.

The one-hour hour The Hard Truth About Bias: Images and Reality is the first installment of the Matter of Fact Listening Tour, with a series of quarterly virtual forums to be presented in 2021.

It will feature discussions of race and privilege, racial stress, the impact of bias in the images and language in our daily news and the creation of stereotypes and how they influence the way we think.

One segment will revisit the landmark 1968 Esquire interview with legendary novelist, playwright, essayist, poet and activist James Baldwin. In addition, the presentation will include a segment bringing together individuals involved in recent public confrontations that have gone viral.

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“The first step toward understanding each other is to listen to each other, especially when it comes to the issue of race,” said O’Brien.

“We need to hear from people of different perspectives so we can bring the challenges of equality and justice into full view where they can be scrutinized, confronted and addressed. We need to understand how each of us participates in creating biases and stereotypes and own our responsibility to dismantle them.”


Guests include well-known names and emerging voices from the worlds of academia, journalism, sports, entertainment and other aspects of American society.

They are (in alphabetical order):

  • Mahzarin BanajiPh.D., Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
  • Genesis Be, musical artist and activist
  • Brenda White Bull, great, great granddaughter of Lakota leader Sitting Bull
  • Joie ChenMatter of Fact journalist
  • Trae Crowder, writer and comedian
  • Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D., Affiliate Associate Professor of Education, University of Washington
  • Jennifer Eberhardt, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Stanford University
  • Alicia Garza, Black Lives Matter co-founder
  • Eddie GlaudePh.D., Chair of the Center for African American Studies, Princeton University
  • Jemele Hill, VICE journalist
  • Wes Lowery, CBS News journalist
  • Alfred MartinPh.D., Assistant Professor of Media Studies, The University of Iowa
  • Mia Mask, Ph.D., Professor of Film, Vassar College
  • Wes Moore, CEO, the Robin Hood Foundation
  • Rashawn RayPh.D., Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland
  • John Ridley, Oscar-winning screenwriter
  • Michael SebastianEsquire editor-in-chief
  • Etan Thomas, ESPN Radio host and former NBA player
  • Dorothy Tucker, WBBM-TV, president of the National Association of Black Journalists
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“With her intelligently conversational style and deep commitment to these issues, no one is better suited to moderate and facilitate such an important program as Soledad,” said Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb. “Utilizing the broad resources of Hearst, ‘The Hard Truth About Bias’ will be a very thoughtful and impactful program during this important time of social change.”

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