Allison Samuels has spent the last 18 years as a writer for Newsweek magazine and now also writes for its sister site The Daily Beast. For nearly two decades Samuels has covered sports, entertainment, fashion and politics for the weekly publication and continues to focus a great deal on the impact of race in the worlds of sports, politics and Hollywood. Samuels has interviewed and written extensively about the likes of First Lady Michelle Obama, Denzel Washington, Bill Cosby, Magic Johnson, Oprah Winfrey, Tupac Shakar, The Dali Lama, Tom Hanks and Michael Jordan.She’s won numerous awards for articles penned on Kobe Bryant, Denzel Washington and Bill Cosby over the course of her career and continues to contribute to the national conversation on issues as wide as diversity in Hollywood, modern black day leadership and images of African Americans in the modern day media.Samuels’ career at Newsweek was highlighted when she secured an interview with O.J. Simpson just days after he was found not-guilty of murder and released from prison in the mid-90’s. She spent years detailing the careers and lifestyles of Tupac Shakur, Biggie and other major names in the game of rap. In 2006 she joined talk show icon Oprah Winfrey on a trip to South Africa to choose the first class of girls for her new school in that country. In 2008 Samuels spent several months in Ghana where she taught English, reading and math to second students in an Ewe tribal village. Samuels has written three books and is the author of “What Would Michelle Do,’’ a book that offers lifestyle and substance tips based on the life of First Lady Michelle Obama.
Samuels regularly volunteers for the Boys and Girl’s club in south central Los Angeles as well as other groups focusing on children at risk. A native of Georgia, Samuels’ has lived in Los Angeles for 15 years.
Topics of choice for Samuels
• Diversity in Hollywood
• Images of African American women in film and television and what has to change
• The struggle for power in black leadership today
• The impact of the Obama family on racial attitudes in the 21st century
• The ways in which social media has and can benefit people of color
• Relationship tips the Michelle Obama way
• Black athletes and the women they choose
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