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Away From Daily News Grind, Soleded O’Brien Continues to Chart New News Path

Soledad O’Brien continues to blaze a trail for what she sees as a new news model — where journalists produce stories for any number of outlets, reporting on things they are passionate about, while immersing themselves in the communities they cover.

Today, along with actor Hill Harper, O’Brien will host the “Let Freedom Ring” 50th anniversary commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. O’Brien, who left CNN earlier this year, will end up appearing on all the networks at some point during today’s ceremony.

Tomorrow, O’Brien premieres her sixth installment of “Black in America” at Bishop T.D. Jakes‘ Megafest in Dallas. On Friday, O’Brien will return to CNN to promote “Black in America” on “New Day” — a show which replaced her morning program “Starting Point” a few months ago. She’ll then hit to road again for the People en Espanol festival in San Antonio.

All the while, two of her four children will be in tow. O’Brien phoned in from the top of Toronto’s CN Tower Tuesday — hours before a flight would take her to Washington — part of a 9th birthday trip for twins Charlie and Jackson, which included a Yankees-Blue Jays game (with Derek Jeter keepsakes), and visits with the Toronto Police marine and mounted units.

“What I have really enjoyed is I get to concentrate on the things I am passionate about,” says O’Brien who spent 10 years  at CNN and, before that, 7 years at NBC. “The challenge now is to say ‘no.’ You could book yourself constantly.”

Upon leaving CNN, O’Brien created Starfish Media Group. CNN is now one of her clients. She’s also putting together three stories following a recent trip to Haiti for another client, Al Jazeera America, (O’Brien will also be live on AJAM this morning from Washington) and she’s got two stories in the can for HBO’s “Real Sports.”

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MSNBC and Ebony Partner Up

Hall_7.28.jpgThis week, MSNBC begins a partnership with Ebony magazine focusing on the challenges facing the public education system. Beginning tomorrow, the newschannel will present twice-daily segments culminating in a two-hour special, “Making The Grade,” one week from today at NoonET.

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall will host the discussion, which will include participation from actor/activist Hill Harper and other widely known figures in the Black community.

“Education is the foundation upon which to build a better you, better communities and a better world for all of us,” said Yvette Miley, Executive Editor of MSNBC.

Why Can’t a Successful Black Woman Find a Man?

That’s what ABC’s “Nightline” is going to explore tonight as part of the show’s seventh “Face-Off.”

Nightline’s Vicki Mabrey and talk show host Steve Harvey moderate a debate between
Sherri Shepherd, Jacque Reid, Hill Harper, and Jimi Izrael.

Tonight’s debate at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Decatur, Georgia will be recorded for a “Nightline” broadcast to be aired at a later date.

Former CBS Anchor Rene Syler Eyes The Web

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

RSyler_1.6.jpgMost celebs make headlines for coming out of the closet. CBS exile Rene Syler goes into one.

Syler, one of three anchors for BET’s inauguration coverage, shoots all the video for her motherhood blog in the quietest place in the house – her walk-in closet.

“It’s world headquarters for goodenoughmother.com,” she says. “I laugh when I tell people I take all my videos from my closet.”

Cut loose from CBS’s “The Early Show” in December 2006, Syler launched the site three months later in tandem with “Good Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting.”

BET exec Kevin Brown, a friend of Syler’s, pitched her the inauguration gig in November. It was an easy sell. She’ll join BET host Jeff Johnson and Hill Harper of “CSI: New York,” a Harvard Law classmate of President-elect Obama’s, on the four-hour block.

“I never, ever thought I would see this in my lifetime,” says Syler. “I’ll have a ringside seat to history. BET coverage will be as much fact-driven as inspirational. I can’t deny that the audience will be predominantly black.”

Still, with 20 years in mainstream news, “I probably lean more toward, ‘Just the facts, m’am.’ My training is about being objective, and that’s what I will try to do.”

Nothing objective about ivebeenlaidoff.ning.com, a social-networking site Syler started about a month ago for anyone who’s lost their job. She describes it as “a clearinghouse to vent.

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CNN Heroes: “In a Time of Uncertainty, It’s Reassuring to See Good People at Work in the World”

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper with mother-daughter actors Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson.

They love LA.

In its second year, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute moved to Hollywood from its inaugural location at New York’s Museum of Natural History. With performances from Alicia Keys and John Legend and a surprise performance by Christina Aguilera, Saturday’s show at the Kodak Theatre provided a star-studded location in which to honor everyday heroes. The event will air Thanksgiving night on CNN.

Host Anderson Cooper joked that he was going to hologram-in Larry King for a special appearance. (He didn’t). Medical Marvel hero David Puckett got a kiss from presenter Salma Hayak, then forgot his acceptance speech.

Liz McCartney was named Hero of the Year. She’ll receive $100,000 for her work helping survivors of Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes.

Also spotted, Robert Duvall, Meg Ryan and Cameron Diaz, singer Taylor Swift and CSI New York star and Obama BFF Hill Harper.

Insiders tell us plans are already in the works for 2009 Heroes. The ability to draw on celebrity guests will most likely make Los Angeles the choice for location next year, too. After the jump, the memo sent this morning to the CNN staff from CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton.

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