“Trailblazers, Troublemakers & Dreams” is the final presentation in a series of digital and television specials hosted by Soledad O’Brien that explore difficult issues surrounding race and equity through discussions with a diverse collection of accomplished individuals representing a panoply of fields.

You can watch the full show in the video player above.

Guests appearing in this special presentation.

  • Poet and author Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Simone Biles, who is tied as the most decorated gymnast of all time
  • Tawney Brunsch, executive director of Lakota Funds, the first reservation-based Native community development financial institution
  • #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke
  • Comedian Margaret Cho
  • Parkland, Florida, shooting survivor X González
  • Tribal attorney Tara Houska
  • Actor Daniel Dae Kim
  • Renee Montgomery, the first WNBA player to ascend to team management and ownership
  • Actor, singer and author Billy Porter
  • Music composer Andrea Ramsey
  • Linda Sarsour, activist, Women’s March co-host and former executive director of the Arab American Association of New York
  • Paypal President Dan Schulman
  • Nashlie Sephus, an entrepreneur in machine learning and algorithmic bias identification
  • The members of the dance band The Slants
  • Yohuru R. Williams, distinguished university chair, professor of history and founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas

“Trailblazers, Troublemakers and Dreams,” 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 in October 2020 with “The Hard Truth About Bias: Images and Reality.” The initial three episodes continue to stream at matteroffact.tv.

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 stationsnewspapers around the country; and many of the world’s most popular magazines — and Matter of Fact’s website, YouTube and Facebook Live channels.


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