December 18

Soledad O’Brien: Reporting Across Racial Lines

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island native Soledad O’Brien is used to bridging the gaps between people, races and cultures.Her pleasant, inquiring demeanor, epitomized by her inviting smile and her sharp mind, has made her a popular cable TV journalist and anchorwoman—and a fierce pursuer of the truth.After more than a decade at CNN she left early this year when the company’s new president, Jeff Zucker, decided to end her morning show, Starting Point. Then she turned up this summer as a contributor to Bryant Gumbel’s Real Sports series on HBO, and she has other projects in the works through her production company Starfish Media. In fact, CNN just aired her documentary, “Great Expectations: A Black in America Special.” Perhaps the most surprising move is her recently announced affiliation with Al Jazeera America, the inaugural cable news channel, available so far on Long Island through Verizon.Her suburban upbringing is far more complicated than most viewers might think. The daughter of two immigrants, she was born in St. James and raised with her five siblings in Smithtown.Her mother, Estela Lucrecia Maruetti y Mendieta, had left Havana, Cuba, in 1947. She later met Soledad’s father, Edward Ephram O’Brien, who was from Toowoomba, Australia, when they were both students at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. After they were married in Washington, D.C., her dad got a job teaching fluid mechanics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her mom eventually taught French and English at Smithtown High School West.“We grew up among well-educated white kids, with a nice home and good schools, and pursued a life that seemed limitless,” she recalled in her book, Latino in America, written with Rose Marie Arce, which came out as a companion piece to a CNN special documentary Soledad anchored in 2009. “My parents hoped that the fact that one of them was white and the other black would not define us.”But it clearly did, as Soledad found out the hard way. When she was 13-year-old girl in middle school, other kids would stop her in the hallway and ask her: “If  you’re a n—–, why don’t you have big lips?” Others would query her: “Why is your name so weird?” Yet she mostly ignored them and pursued her studies.“We had plenty of time to study since we didn’t exactly connect with our neighbors, who were mostly white, Jewish, Irish and Italian. It was clear to me I wouldn’t ever date as long as I stayed in Long Island. First of all, my parents would never allow it, and, truth be told, there were no potential suitors. I was also brainy, and that didn’t help.”She went to Harvard, as did her three sisters and two brothers. As Soledad put it, “This ragtag, multi-racial gang from Smithtown did all right.”And that’s the truth.last_img read more

October 20

Where does Cuomo get power to spend?

first_imgThe Federal government shutdown closed the Statue of Liberty. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has the New York budget $4.5 billion in the red, but he had proposed “providing state money” to keep it open.He continues to campaign with taxpayer money.Further, how does Cuomo just spend money that’s not budgeted with no legislative approval?It’s not state money. It’s taxpayer money.John MetalloAlbany More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

September 20

Nathan set for Chelsea

first_img The 19-year-old is understood to be in London for a medical ahead of a £4.5million switch to Stamford Bridge from Atletico Paranaense. Nathan, an attacking midfielder, sparked interest from a number of European clubs following an impressive display at the 2013 Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. Chelsea appear on the verge of completing a move for Brazil teenager Nathan Allan de Souza. Press Associationcenter_img The transfer, however, would be subject to Home Office approval on a work permit for the Under-20 international, as Chelsea aim to add Nathan to fellow Brazilians Willian, Ramires, Filipe Luis and Oscar in their squad. Chelsea may decide to send Nathan out on loan to gain some valuable first-team experience. Another player to do just that is striker Patrick Bamford. The 21-year-old’s 17 goals have helped Middlesbrough mount a promotion challenge from the Sky Bet Championship and is reported to be in talks over a new deal at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea head into this weekend’s fixtures looking to move a step closer to the Barclays Premier League title when they host third-placed Manchester United on Sunday. Striker Diego Costa continues to recover from a hamstring injury, but Loic Remy was expected to shake off the muscle injury which forced him out of the win at QPR, where veteran forward Didier Drogba led the Blues attack. last_img read more

August 28

Ghana League Cypher: Relegation-threatened Hearts of Oak still in denial

first_imgEight games to end the First capital plus premier league and there no signs of Giants Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko finding their way into the top four.The squeaky bumpy nature of the Phobians performances season has worsened  and that was evidenced by another defeat to Aduana Stars over the weekend to place them firmly in the relegation zone. But fans of the Accra Giants are defiant they will be relegated from Ghana’s top flight. So what are the permutations with few games to the season’s close?Are the Phobians still in denial or are we likely to  see a league expansion once again in Ghana’s Football history? Watch Hearts Fans, Aziz Haruna Futah, Kassim Awal ,and Pundits Coach Eben Sefa and Nana Asante Yeboah go through major talking points on Match day 22 on your favorite “Ghana League Cypher”  anchored by  Joy Sports George Addo Jnr.last_img read more