The Paley Center for Media is proud to announce that Soledad O'Brien will be joining its latest PaleyImpact program, Uncovering Racial Injustice with BET’s Disrupt & Dismantle.
During the event, being held as part of Women’s History Month, the award-winning journalist and producer will discuss her powerful new BET documentary series Disrupt & Dismantle with Scott Mills, President, BET. The conversation will address how the series tackles head-on the need to speak truth to power, and ask hard questions focusing on progressive societal change. The program will also explore ways media can shine a light on systemic racism, and empower people to make change within their own communities. Among the women featured in the series are Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Illinois State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, and Queen Mary Allen-Davis, a South Carolina woman fighting to hold onto her family’s land. The program was released on the Paley Center’s YouTube Channel on March 26.
“The Paley Center for Media has an ongoing and long-standing commitment to promoting diverse voices in media and entertainment, and in exploring media’s powerful shaping influence on our culture,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “We are extremely honored to welcome Soledad O’Brien and Scott Mills for this important and timely discussion that will shine a light on the crucial issues examined in this moving and powerful documentary series.”
“Thank you to the Paley Center for hosting this meaningful PaleyImpact event where we can discuss BET’s Disrupt & Dismantle as it addresses issues of systemic racism and inequities in America,’” said Soledad O’Brien. “It is important to create this level of content that addresses these issues.”
“BET’s groundbreaking Content for Change initiative is designed to use media and storytelling to address harmful inequities,” said Scott Mills, President, BET. “Soledad has been on the front lines of these efforts for years, and we’re thrilled to have her back home at BET with Disrupt & Dismantle.”
In Disrupt & Dismantle, Soledad O’Brien tackles injustices across the nation affecting the Black community, from police brutality, redlining, and school-to prison-pipeline to the infant mortality crisis fueled by systemic racism. In addition to highlighting people working to address such issues, O’Brien encourages the audience at home to take action in their neighborhoods. This timely new series will take an active and hard-edged approach to chopping away at the roots of racism.
Disrupt & Dismantle airs Wednesdays at 11:00 pm ET/PT on BET and BET Her.
As an award-winning broadcast journalist and executive producer, O’Brien tells empowering and authentic stories on a range of social issues. She has hosted many projects through the years, including American Injustice, a one-hour special about criminal justice reform, and CNN’s Black in America and Latino in America, about racial disparities in the U.S.
This Women’s History Month PaleyImpact event follows the Paley Center’s International Women’s Day event, Choosing to Challenge: How Women Are Leading the Way, which addressed the significant role the media can play in equality, opportunity, and representation. The event was part of a planned quarterly series that will explore media’s powerful shaping role in providing a diverse and inclusive platform for women, made possible by generous support from John H. Josephson and Carolina F. Zapf.
To learn more about The Paley Center for Media and upcoming programs, visit paleycenter.org.