Anita M. Samuels
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Anita M. Samuels (May 17, 1966) is a nationally acclaimed journalist and cultural critic who writes about media, fashion, culture, and music. A frequent contributor to The New York Daily News , Samuels has been an editor for national publications such as BET Weekend, Billboard, Heart & Soul, and Impact Weekly. She has placed freelance articles in numerous publications.
Biography[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]
Samuels was born in Queens, New York and raised in Roosevelt, New York. She attended Amityville Memorial High School. In 1988, Samuels joined the Style section of The New York Times, the most prominent newspaper in the country. After noticing what she considered to be a void in the number of positive articles written about African-Americans, she became a contributor to the paper. Her first story, about Brooklyn-based textile artist Xenobia Bailey, appeared in the Sunday Style section in 1990. In 1991, Samuels won an award from the National Association of Black Journalists for several of her feature stories, including Afrocentric fashions, natural hairstyles for black women and sartorial styles among students. A year later, she won scholarships from the National Association of Black Journalists and its New York chapter, NYABJ and took courses at New York University. She also garnered attention for a major business report on the bankruptcy of megastar recording artists TLC. Samuels resides in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York, and is the mother of one son, Shane, and grandmother to Maliyah.
Career[edit | hide | edit source]
Samuels has served on the editorial staffs of several national publications. In 1997 she was an assistant editor for BET Weekend, the second largest publication targeted to African-Americans with a circulation of 1.3 million. The magazine was owned by Black Entertainment Television. In 1998, she became the Rhythm & Blues editor at Billboard magazine, considered the trade magazine of record for the music industry. The post was based in Los Angeles.
By 1999 she had returned to New York to join the staff of the newly launched Vanguarde Media. She held posts at two of Vanguarde's publications: Associate editor of Impact, a monthly music lifestyle magazine; managing editor for Impact Weekly, a radio and retail trade magazine.
As a freelance journalist, Samuels has written exclusive, front-page articles for the New York Daily News, and her work has appeared in Consumer’s Digest, Global Rhythm magazine, The Asbury Park Press, Upscale, Honey, CODE, Caribbeat magazine, Heart & Soul, Forum, published by the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, and the Diverse Business news website. She was also a contributing writer for Mama’s Little Baby: The Black Woman’s Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth and Baby’s First Year by Dennis Brown and Pamela A. Toussaint (Dutton, 1997).