Samson Styles

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Samson was born in and raised in the East New York and Brownsville sections of Brooklyn, New York. At twelve years old he was sentenced to eighteen months for armed robbery and assault. While incarcerated Samson developed a skill for writing and became involved with The Nation of Islam. After his release, Samson’s focus shifted back to the streets this resulted in him serving more than seven years of his adult life in prison. In June 2004 Samson was released from Fort Dix Correctional Facility in which he was part of a special program that helped misguided youth. Shortly after his release, Samson started filming a documentary on Brooklyn girls, mainly from Brownsville, involved in an underground fighting circuit.

In August 2005, cultural writer and critic Nelson George saw the trailer of Samson’s documentary, “Brooklyn Girls Fight Club” and helped him secure a deal at BET to complete and broadcast the film. Samson is an executive producer of the documentary. Subsequently he landed a permanent segment spot on a new BET show called “The Chop Up” in which Samson acquired the title “The Official Street Cat”.

With his unique perspective, Samson is currently a BET News correspondent, covering a wide range of issues relevant to the black community. In addition to daily news briefs, Samson has produced, wrote and hosted his own special reports: “Bullets And Ballets: The Official Street Cat Goes To Washington” which explored gun violence and politics, “50 Shots: The Official Street Cat Takes On Police Brutality”, which explored gun violence and police brutality in the Sean Bell case respectively, “Black Is Beautiful: The N Word”, in which Samson uncovered The White perspective of the word “ NIGGA” and “Locked Out: ex cons and the vote”, in which Samson brought to light the disenfranchisement laws that affect 5.3 million Blacks from voting.