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Soledad O’Brien Launches Foundation for Kids in Need

CNN special correspondent Soledad O’Brien and her husband Brad Raymond launched their Foundation at a star-studded event Friday night in Bridgehampton, New York.

Since Hurricane Katrina — which O’Brien covered extensively for CNN — the couple has quietly helped underprivileged young women with the resources to attend school. The foundation will now enable them to provide more scholarships to the victims of the storm, and beyond.

In attendance, Star Jones and her new beau; Russell Simmons with actress Melissa George; and gospel singer Kirk Franklin and jazz star Ron Carter. In all, $250,000 was raised.

Event chairs Cicely Tyson and Pharrell Williams and host committee members such as CNN’s Alina Cho (pictured) and Jason Binn were also on hand, enjoying the “New Orleans in the Hamptons” themed event.

A Star Is Reborn

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Star Jones’s self-titled daily talk show is just a few weeks away from launching on Court TV (soon to be truTV). The Chicago Tribune’s Maureen Ryan was in the crowd for the Sunday morning session of the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills.

Jones didn’t talk much about her new show, or about the topic most reporters seemed to want to know about: her extreme makeover. Turns out Star is saving the good parts for a Glamour article she is writing.

She was also asked about “The View’s” roller coaster of a year. “I was a part of an amazing pop culture experience. Barbara Walters gave me the opportunity of lifetime,” Reynolds said. “So I’m not going to do anything that damages that warm feeling that I had. I’m not going to pile on.”

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