Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Soledad O'brien Inspires Fame Scholars

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Soledad O'brien Inspires Fame Scholars

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When and where: Wednesday night, Heinz History Center in the Strip District.

#FAME: The Fund for Advancement of Minorities through Education held its annual celebration to honor the high school scholars of the FAME Fund. The program assists promising students by providing funding to more academically challenged schools. "I started in FAME in sixth grade and the experience has been so fun. It has helped me and because of FAME, I was able to attend a boarding school in Ohio. I really learned more about myself there and gained such a sense of independence," said scholar Miriam Messiah, 18, of Beltzhoover. Added executive director Darryl Wiley: "This program literally changes everything. Tonight is about impact and to help set these kids up for better things to come. This is a transformative moment." To learn more about FAME: famefund.org.

And now a moment with . keynote speaker and broadcast journalist Soledad O'Brien:

When you see the young scholars of FAME, does it make you hopeful for the future? "I love being a part of events like this. When I look at these kids, it's remarkable. And it reminds me that so many are missing because there just isn't enough space or financial support to extend that hand up. I recognize that this is the kind of student who will work hard because of this opportunity that has been offered to them. They are impressive young people who will be the thing that FAME was to them. They will have the ability to extend out a hand and support those coming up behind them. And I know that they will.

What is it like being a journalist today, specifically a woman of color in journalism? Journalism is under attack and journalists are making mistakes in not calling out racism and sexism when they see it. I enjoy owning my own company because I knew as a woman of color in this industry, there was only so far that they would let me go. …

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