Filmmaker / Actor / On Air Personality / Content Developer
Samson was born in Brooklyn New York and raised in the East New York and Brownsville sections. When he was twelve he got sentenced to eighteen months in a juvenile detention center for robbery and truancy.
While incarcerated Samson’s interest in writing developed and he became the go to person for inmates that wanted to write their girlfriends romantic letters. He became a role model inmate and received many certificates of achievements. After his release, Samson’s focus shifted back to the streets, which resulted in him serving more than seven years of his adult life in prison.
In June 2004 Samson was released from Fort Dix Federal Correctional Facility in which he was part of a special program that helped misguided youth. Four months after being free, 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 formerly a BET News correspondent, covered a wide range of issues relevant to the black community. In addition to daily news briefs, Samson 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.
Samson received three awards from The New York Association of Black Journalists for investigative reporting, cultural and entertainment and commentary. He was nominated in 2008 and 2009 by the NABJ for best investigative report. Styles’ participation in covering The Inauguration of Barack Obama helped him and his team win the 2010 NAACP Image Award for outstanding news information.
Styles, produced and wrote numerous news briefs and narrated many BET News specials including Tupac (Pac Lives) and Biggie (The Notorious B.I.G Ten Years Later).
In 2010 Samson transitioned from producing content for TV to becoming a one-man band (cameraman, producer, editor and on air personality) for BET’s digital platform (BET.com).
Currently, Samson owns his own production company ‘JayCity Enterprise’ along with his wife Tyese Styles, which develops content for digital and linear platforms. Their most recent documentary “KILLING BEEF Gun Violence in the Black Community” has won Best Documentary at film festivals and has been picked up by REVOLT TV. Check the Killing Beef Page to see more. Samson also has written a book that chronicles his life that will be published soon.
Samson’s testimony is unique and very interesting. The more you hear the more you want to hear.
Follow Samson on Instagram: @thesamsonstyles
Samson also has a niche for acting and has shared film credits along side of Armand Assante, Ed Asner, Tom Sizemore, Michael Markiewicz and many more. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2520961/