Thursday, October 22, 2009

Author Connects CNN's Soledad O'Brien with Latino Voices

"Voices from the Latino Community," a series of short unscripted first-person narratives, is a featured in CNN's new documentary "Latino in America," reported by Soledad O'Brien.

The segments were created by Jody Gottlieb and Latino Media Works, an independent media company based in New York, started by Alberto Ferreras and Trina Bardusco in 2005.

O'Brien became acquainted with Ferreras when a friend recommended she read the book "B as in Beauty," a fiction novel written by Ferreras about a young Latina woman who struggles with self-esteem issues.

Ferreras and Bardusco are also the creative minds behind the HBO Latino series "Habla," which features unscripted first-person accounts of Latinos from various backgrounds, some speaking in Spanish, some in English and others in Spanglish, a mixture of both.

O'Brien was taken by the HBO series and soon realized that Ferreras was the person behind both the series and the book.

"It was serendipitous," says O'Brien of their meeting. "I had read his book and asked my assistant to reach Ferreras. At the same time he was trying to reach me to tell me about the book. It was destiny."

Soon after that meeting, CNN Productions teamed up with Latino Media Works to create "Voices of the Latino Community" for the documentary series "Latino in America."

"We want these talking portraits to show the nuances of a culture that is often misunderstood" says Bardusco.

Ferreras adds that the interviews may also help dispel media-driven stereotypes of Latinos as mostly "maids and gardeners."

"There is such a strong stereotype... that all Latinos are Mexican and Catholic and that we all look alike," says Ferreras.

"But here in just 30 seconds we can say, 'Hey there is a Latino that doesn't look like other Latinos, he's Jewish, or he's half-Latino, half something else.' Here are Latinos that are professors, Realtors, even a magician," Ferreras says.




Learn more about Alberto Ferreras and B AS IN BEAUTY:

www.albertoferreras.com

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous2:18 PM

    Soledad O’Brien is such a phony. In April 2008, Reverend Jeremiah Wright gave a speech in Detroit to the NAACP.  One of the things that  he said in this speech was that black and white children learn with different parts of their brain, and then gave an "unflattering imitation of the way white pastors speak."  Peoples comments were that he gave a racial speech. Soledad  O'Brien, on CNN, was quoted as saying, in a gushing manner, that the speech was a "home run" and "really funny." When questioned about the things he said in the speech, she would say things like, what he really meant was .....or what he wanted to say was... Once again she's covering the truth and being racist.  Just as with the Henry Gates incident.  In an appearance on Anderson Cooper, the night or so before CNN's "The Moment of Truth" she appeared enraged that it was a racial profile against Gates. She said that she got calls from her FRIENDS saying it was all about Gates being black.  She went on that show with the purpose, at all costs, to destroy the credibility of the white police officer and throw him under the bus.  When Cooper was talking she wanted to make the point that Gates said "Thank You" to the police officers.  By mentioning that, she was purposely misrepresenting the truth by playing down Gates' belligerence and racial remarks, which she didn't even mention.  Even Gates' attorney and friend, said to the media that he used very strong language. Colon Powell and President Obama both said he should take blame in the incident.  I have seen this in many occasions with her, where she doesn't speak the truth and hides the true facts.  Another time on Anderson Cooper, Cooper said to O'Brien that Senator John McCain hasn't brought race into the campaign, like he said he wouldn't.  You would think her response would have been something like, that's great because he shouldn't.  Instead she strongly insinuated that he would, even in the last week of the campaign. Also, her questioning style, in interviews  is completely different with a white person than it is with a black person.  Like in her interview with Henry Gates in "The Moment of Truth"  She just went along with his lies. I have seen several comments on various websites about her racism.  There are many other examples I could give of her racial bias, dishonesty and hypocrisy. She seems to consider herself to be black. She mentioned in an interview that her parents made it clear to her “you’re black” and that’s all there is to it.
    She’s all about being #1, she wants the world to revolve around her. She comes first, before her family. She wants to be a celebrity figure and a star. In interviews she says she works 6 days a week, mostly out of town, and on some holidays. She goes to gala events, concerts, lots of entertainment events, as a single woman, leaving her husband and kids behind.
    I think Soledad O’Brien is a very poor journalist. What ever happened to the days of CNN with Bernard Shaw and Judy Woodruff? T hey were honorable journalists. You could believe what they said. John Las Vegas

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