Samantha Callender

Samantha Callender is a multimedia journalist whose work ranges from entertainment journalism to pieces highlighting social issues in multicultural communities. Samantha strives to find intersects between entertainment and social matters, believing that pop culture has the power to not only entertain the masses, but to educate them as well. Her goal when storytelling is to write pieces that serve as a catalyst to prompt dialogue and activism. Her work has been featured in VIBE, JET, Cosmopolitan, and many other publications.

In Time For The Weekend: “Bae” Is Now A Dating App

Just in case you need another way to insert to ‘bae’ into your lexicon, a new dating app has been created by three Black entrepreneurs called Bae: Before Anyone Else, specifically catering to people of color. While there are plenty of dating apps out there right now (Tinder, SoulSwipe, Grindr etc), Bae hopes to change the […]

Subway’s Jared Fogle Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison

According to a report by TMZ, a judge has sentenced former Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle to 15 years in prison on the charges of child porn and child prostitution. What makes this case interesting is the fact the plea deal he struck was for a maximum of 12.5 years, though Judge Tanya Walton Pratt was […]

Nicki Minaj Beautifully Recites “Still I Rise” By Maya Angelou

We often forget rapper extraordinaire Nicki Minaj comes from a theater background. She reminded us of her unique drama skills when she delivered a unique rendition of Maya Angelou’s iconic “Still I Rise” poem on A&E’s Shining A Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America. The program is dedicated to having an honest […]

Tiffany Evans Bares Her Soul On New EP

Tiffany Evans recently released her long awaited EP All Me, and with it brought the quality music we’ve been yearning to hear from her. Since Tiffany’s last full-length album in 2010, she’s been busy being a mother of two, a wife, owning a sunglasses line and founding her own record label, Little Lady Entertainment. The […]

Does Body Count Really Matter: Quality Vs Quantity In Relationships

Unless you’re married to your boyfriend or girlfriend from high school, chances are at a certain point you’re going to date someone who’s had sex with multiple people (and maybe, so have you). “Multiple” might mean somewhere between two and 20. Though there’s a pretty large margin between what we could be talking about, does […]

Charity Ward Hopes To Heal Detroit With New EP, “Yellow”

Hailing from Detroit comes a fresh ray of sunshine named Charity Ward, bringing us a mix of pop, soul, and feel good music on her new EP, Yellow. Yellow delivers good vibes and positive energy, with Charity taking us on a journey of healing by finding the bright sky among the dark clouds of life. […]

First Look: Watch The New Trailer For The Wiz Live!

NBC recently premiered the trailer for its highly anticipated live event production of The Wiz Live! With rising talent Shanice Williams leading a star-studded cast including Queen Latifah (The Wiz), Mary J. Blige (Evillene), David Alan Grier (Cowardly Lion), Ne-Yo (Tin Man), (Scarecrow), Uzo Aduba (Glinda), Amber Riley (Addaperle), Common (The Gatekeeper) and Stephanie Mills […]

Exclusive: Tweet Talks Bringing “Timeless Music” Back

Our favorite “Southern Hummingbird,” Tweet is back with new music and a forthcoming album. The Rochester-born soul singer recently released a visual to her single “Won’t Hurt Me,” and says her new album Charlene (her real name) will bring the “basics” back to R&B. In a recent interview with HERSource, Tweet spoke about her plans […]

Sunday Special: Donell Jones Talks New Music And “Global Unity”

Donell Jones is finally working on new music and a new album, but the R&B star has also been busy embracing life. While we haven’t heard from Jones for a while, he’s been busy recording new music, traveling abroad to tour and deepening his connection to the brothers and sisters around the world. Believing global […]

Keke Palmer Addresses Her Sexuality And Talks Racism

In a recent interview with Cosmopolitan.com, Keke Palmer discussed her views on sexuality and race. In her recent music video “I Don’t Belong To You,” we see Keke from her guy’s house (played by Rotimi) to her girl’s house (played by Cassie). The scene had many wondering if this was Keke’s way of “coming out,” […]

Missy Elliot Drops Visual for “WTF (Where They From)”

Hip-Hop legend Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott brought us visuals for her single “WTF” (“Where I’m From”) this morning (Thursday, November 12) to remind us why her videos are nothing short of legendary. In Adele-like fashion, the multi-platinum, Grammy-award winning artist joined the Instagram party on Wednesday, with a post promoting the new music video dropping today. […]

Rihanna Founds New Creative And Photo Agencies

While we’re patiently waiting for ANTI (formerly rumored as R8), Rihanna is keeping busy as a businesswoman. In an exclusive with The Hollywood Reporter, Ri Ri reveals that along with partner Benoit Demouy she’s founded a beauty and styling agency called Fr8me. Based out of Los Angeles, the firm offers styling in hair, make-up and […]

Still Standing: Real Talk With Countess Vaughn [Exclusive]

Countess Vaughn has been in viewers’ hearts and minds since 1988, when she appeared as the child with the powerful voice on Star Search, and even more so after creating the lovable character of Kim Parker on Moesha and The Parkers. Taking a break for a lengthy amount of time to focus on family and […]

Tamar Braxton Rushes From Emergency Room To Avoid DWTS Disqualification

We’re supporting Tamar Braxton all the way as she competes for first place on the current season of Dancing With The Stars. The hard-working mother, host and artist brings the fire every Sunday with her moves and charms (who could forget her spot on Janet Jackson tribute?). Yesterday (Monday, November 10) the feisty talent had […]