“Trailblazers, Troublemakers & Dreams,” the Fourth and Final Stop
on Two-Year Tour, Debuts Wednesday, June 8 at 7:00 PM
on MOR-TV.COM and on Hearst Magazines, Newspapers and Other Television Stations Digital Sites
Broadcast to Follow on WMOR-TV on June 19th at 10:00 PM
Host Soledad O’Brien Engages Provocative Guests from Academia, Business, Entertainment, Politics, Sports — Including Simone Biles, Margaret Cho, Emma Gonzalez and Daniel Dae Kim — in Conversations About Race and Justice
Tampa, FL June 6, 2022 – A Parkland shooting survivor, the first WNBA player to own a team, the president of one of the e-commerce era’s greatest successes, a Tony Award-winning actor, history’s most decorated American gymnast, and one of America’s most popular comedians …
All will be guests for “Trailblazers, Troublemakers & Dreams,” the 90-minute final “stop” on the “Matter of Fact Listening Tour” hosted by Soledad O’Brien, which concludes this month, coinciding with the Juneteenth federal holiday. The show will stream beginning at 7PM, with a pre-show beginning at 6:45 PM, on Wednesday, June 8, on MOR-TV.COM and matteroffact.tv; as well as Hearst Television’s Very Local streaming app and on Hearst digital platforms including ELLE, Esquire, the Houston Chronicle and the San Francisco Chronicle. An edited 60-minute version will air on WMOR-TV on June 19th at 10PM.
“Part of the purpose of the Tour was to offer new perspectives on very fundamental problems and to challenge how we address those problems,” said Emerson Coleman, Hearst Television senior vice president, programming, and executive in charge of production for Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien. “Our goal was to identify and elevate stories that are often overlooked and to introduce exceptional people who have been undaunted in their pursuit of justice and equality.”
“Trailblazers, Troublemakers & Dreams,” which also includes feature stories on the late Rep. John Lewis and the late Pittsburgh Pirates star player Roberto Clemente, follows “Promises of Change” and “To Be An American: Identity, Race And Justice.” The tour debuted October 2020 with “The Hard Truth About Bias: Images and Reality.” The initial three episodes continue to stream at matteroffact.tv.
“This important initiative was launched as a direct response to the social and racial injustice events of the summer of 2020, as our team, led by Emerson Coleman, sought to highlight the issues surrounding racial injustice and social inequity, their history and, most importantly, their future — and how these can be shaped for the better by amazing individuals who are making a difference,” said Hearst Television President Jordan Wertlieb. “I am extremely proud and grateful to our team for their tremendous work on this impactful programming. While the ‘tour’ is concluding, the commitment to highlight America’s issues and influencers will continue across the Hearst Television footprint through the weekly Matter of Fact program and the exceptional reporting and storytelling of our local stations.”
The “Matter of Fact Listening Tour” is a special project from the award-winning Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien, the nation’s most-watched syndicated public affairs program. Now in its seventh successful season and the recipient of four 2022 Gold Telly Awards, Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien is produced by Hearst Media Production Group. The October 2020 debut of the “Matter of Fact Listening Tour” launched a series of forums employing the digital platforms of many of Hearst’s consumer media brands, including 33 television stations; newspapers around the country; and many of the world’s most popular magazines —and Matter of Fact’s website, YouTube and Facebook Live channels.
For further information and a full list of guests appearing on “Trailblazers, Troublemakers & Dreams” please click here Matter of Fact Listening Tour returns June 8 with Billy Porter, Margaret Cho and more – Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.
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