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E! News Correspondent and fashionista Zuri Hall has stepped fiercely into the entertainment scene by having an #AlphaBabe mentality- which she describes as a strong and confident way of living.

Zuri hosts MTV’s Aftershows and has been a recurring guest on Vh1’s Big Morning Buzz Live, and was on E!’s Fashion Police alongside Joan Rivers.

After becoming an on-air correspondent for the E! News Network in July of 2015, she has since become a staple on all the red carpets and awards shows, including winning an Emmy for on-screen work.

The fabulous and insightful personality took some time to talk with me to about life, inspiration, and the importance of chasing your dreams.

What do you bring to E! as one of the few women in the field.
I think is tricky to say what exactly I bring as far as being a woman What I bring to the table isn’t based on gender, but based on being someone is who good at their job. Personally I bring a skillset that can be similar to a man’s, but i just happen to be a woman. I think things like earning rates can improve for women, and that sometimes women approach situations with more emotional intelligence than men. I just try and be the best and brightest me that I can

What are some of your personal affirmations:
Personally, what motivates and affirms me is my family. I grew up in a supportive environment. My parents gave me the best that they could. Making my family proud is what keeps me going. I love quotes; my favorite one is from The Alchemist that says “when a person really desires something, all the universe aspires to help them achieve that.” I firmly believe that if you do your part and work hard what is meant for you will come to you.

What women inspire you?
Strong women inspire me the most. I admire strength. I come from a long line of extremely strong women who faced tough times as far personal, professional, financial standpoints. I have a term I call “Alpha Babes” ambitious millennial women who are strong. Specific people include Oprah, who builds empires, Kerry [Washington] who stylish and graceful, Taraji [P. Henson] who is spicy and fierce. Women who break barriers, break the mold, challenge others and themselves are women who inspire me. Women who are unapologetically themselves and call the shots in their life inspire me to do the same.

How do you hope to be an inspiration to others?
I hope that I can be an inspiration through my story. Growing up in Toledo, Ohio I always knew I wanted more than the opportunities around me allowed. I wanted to travel, be on TV, and see the world. I used to sit on the floor of libraries and stores reading books and magazines and taking in any information I could on how to break into such a business. Eventually I used the tools I had acquired and just went for it. I want women to be unafraid to take risks and make sacrifices for big rewards. It may be hard but the reward is so much greater than the struggle. For me, I calculated the risks and decided to do the work to make it happen. I want others to have the same dedication to their passion and belief in themselves.

With this journey at E!, how do you hope to make your mark on the platform?
Right now I’m having so much fun with experimenting as far as delivery of content and the way I express myself. I’ve been doing some personal commentary on my segments, infusing humor, and using similar sides of my personality as I did on YouTube. At E!, I want to put a personal spin on things- whether it’s giving my opinion or opening the floor for conversation about a topic. I try to play around with delivery and grow with the channel. I love interacting with audience.

What kind of black girl magic do you bring to entertainment journalism?
First off I think Black Girl Magic is such an enchanting and cool mentality. I love that it’s catching on. I think it captures our spirit and essence. Everyone else has something that makes them special and so do we. There’s something very magical about us as women and girls. I try to bring that same essence to the network through my work.


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 can be seen on VIBE, Jet Magazine, The Root, Madame Noire, HerAgenda, and Cosmopolitan Magazine. Follow her @onyourcallender