Through the midst of a turbulent upbringing, Samira Randolph has managed to keep her head above waters remaining God-fearing, and humble. At a young age, she experienced molestation and abuse at the hands of her own father. This was the turning point in her life and the tip of the iceberg for future traumas to come. With a heart etched in steel, she fought her way through foster care, drug-addicted parents, teen pregnancy, single parenthood, and the foster care system. Through it all, she remained focused and ever more determined to accomplish her life’s dreams, which were to sing, act and write. Her first debut album “My Journey My Story” is soon to be released this summer and will feature hits such as Hallelujah and They Don’t Love You Like I Do.
Samira takes you step by step on a journey through her life from the eyes and heart of an innocent child lost that morphed into the strong woman you see today. Samira never allowed her hurdles to break her, instead, she is using those trials as learning experiences which ultimately lead her into philanthropy work as a child advocate and becoming a foster mother to neighboring run-away teens. This gave her the community title of “Mama”. Samira has raised many children not biological to her and with no financial rewards. Everything she does is from her heart.
Samira has worked with local agencies within her community such as Children and Youth family services to help end systemic issues within these programs that often create dysfunction in the home instead of bridging the gap between parent and child social relationships that often have failed merely due to the rising crave of social media. Samira is a woman of faith and character that has been lost within man for a very long time. Seemingly prophetic in her songs, novels, and poetry, Samira has a voice with a purpose that did not allow her obstacles in life to become her final testimony.
Samira was originally born in Los Angeles, CA, but at the tender age of 2 she and her two older siblings relocated to Chattanooga, TN with their mother and father the late Butch Cornell Jr. Butch Cornell Jr. was a famous Jazz Musician from the South; he was born and raised in Chattanooga, TN. Butch played with many great jazz musicians such as Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Turentine, Duke Ellington, Plas Johnson, and more. Many of these individuals Samira grew up calling Uncle Plas, never knowing the extraordinary people she was surrounded by growing up.
Her father Founded the Friends of Jazz a local blues festival still held today in Chattanooga, TN. Chiki Productions was the first music label her father started in 1985. Surrounded by music royalty and the music industry is what gave Samira her immediate love for music and the arts. Samira watched her father perform at countless showcases, and concerts around the United States. Watching her father network and seeing all the fans adore her dad; she knew as early as the age of 5 that she wanted to be a STAR. Growing up Samira would vocally train herself to sing by mimicked great artists such as Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, and Patti Austin, giving herself the ability to sing like anyone. She often called herself the female “Ray Charles”
At the age of 9, Samira blew her 4th-grade teachers away at a school talent show, with her rendition of “Caught Up In The Rapture Of Love, by Anita Baker. Not only is Samira a multi-talent, but she is also a breath of fresh air to the entertainment industry. Her voice brings forth purpose and truth to social issues through song, scripts, and novels. Her lyrics in many ways symbolize truth and wisdom beyond her years. When you listen to her you will want to dive deeper into Samira’s world because each song tells a story.
After her horrific experience within the foster care system Samira’s parents eventually split forcing her to have to relocate to unfamiliar territory; Harrisburg, PA. Still struggling with a mother addicted to crack cocaine Samira quickly grew up and adapted to her surroundings. Samira details her life during this time in a 5-part documentary series about her life entitled SAM. This film is available for viewing on YouTube at https://youtube.com/channel/
Under an immense amount of stress, Samira discovered she was pregnant during her senior year of high school. Determined to not be a statistic Samira withdrew herself from school, got her GED, and traded it in for her high school diploma, and at 17 she was ever more determined than anything to succeed. She began to make a name for herself by collaborating with several indie artists on the northeast coast. Samira won 2nd place in the East Coast Sundays Best Competition in Steelton, PA, hosted by Valerie Lynn. Samira traveled near and far auditioning for shows such as; The Voice, American Idol, Broadway, and Hamilton.
Samira’s first on-stage break was a vocalist performing with a blues cast in a musical play entitled “The Tear Jar”, written & produced by Jerry Mussuer. Samira is featured on the explosive Soundtrack “Don’t Blame Me”, a novel written by Jonathan Z. Queen. Samira wrote and recorded two of these soundtracks songs entitled Little Carol-Anne, and 3Some. Today, Samira has written and released many of her own novels which are all available on Amazon and CreateASpace. She recently released her latest novel entitled “Burn Out” its available on Amazon.com and CreataASpace.com. https://www.amazon.com/Burn-
She has worked with other local artists on film projects that are currently in the works and she co-wrote novels entitled David 2, Alcoholic Bruce, Claudette The Heart of the Streetz, and Katya Rise of a Sex Slave.
Samira continues to write scripts, stage plays, and work within her community, promoting shows and showcases that highlight other local talents. Samira was blessed with the opportunity to produce one music score for the smash Web Series Detective Miles Handy written and produced by Daniel Fordham; of Fordham Films. Samira is a featured singer/songwriter on the soundtrack of Our Boys a Netflix documentary film by Eli Greene of Eli Greene Films. She wrote and recorded the smash hit “A Mother’s Cry”. https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/
Samira not only strives to be a worldwide superstar she has started her own online dating service called links2loveonline, an online service geared towards inmates finding love. https://links2loveonline.
Please watch Samira’s documentary film SAM, as learn of the many tragedies she experienced throughout her life you will not only grow to love her more but you will develop a deeper respect and understanding for her fight to simply be great. She is a mother, wife, innovator, and truly one of a kind! Last year Samira started her own record label with partner Gale “Big Guy” Green called Hustlers Hope Entertainment. Through her company, she plans to release small trailer films of her written novels and other small PSAs films. This summer be sure to look for her new cookbook entitled CellBlock Culinary which features delicious elegant meals made strictly from the inmate commissary list. The town-talk surrounding her yummy delights such as the “Chi-Chi, Crackhead Casserole, and Smashie” has morphed into a full-blown cooking show currently in the works this Fall in 2022.
When it comes to who inspires this phenomenal woman, Samira will tell you many people good and bad have inspired her; to either be or not be more like that person. Collectively each experience made her into the woman she is today. Many of her greatest idols are Master P, Barrack, and Michelle Obama, Prince, Kandi Burruss from her favorite RnB group grouping up, Xscape, and horror novel writer Stephen King. Check out all her links below, and enjoy learning more about Samira a rising star, striving for God’s glory.
We Empower Magazine got an exclusive interview with Samira.
It’s mental health awareness month what are some of your best self-care practices?
Samira: Since my bariatric bypass surgery and losing over 250 pounds I take my life and health very seriously. Some of my daily self-care regimens include; the making of my morning breakfast smoothies, mmm yum. Lol This is actually pretty exciting for me because I love trying new foods. I’m always experimenting with different flavor combinations, in fresh fruit, vegetables, yogurts, and vitamins.
You’ve been through alot in your life and began to channel it through your creativity. What impact do you intend to make in the entertainment industry?
Samira: I just want to make good music, insightful music, and music that changes someone’s life for the better. No shade and I love 90% of the music out today but I can not tell you how sick and tired I am of hearing about people’s wop, Gucci, and Berkin bags. A lot of what is wrong in society today is due to the music industry. We have to do better collectively as human beings to assure we’re putting out content that builds people up with self-respect and character not superficial or materialistic.
How has working with local children’s agencies made an impact on you personally?
Samira: Working with children’s agencies has made both positive and negative impacts on me. The positive impacts of course, are the connections. The meeting of new people and becoming a key part of those persons progression and healing. The negative impacts are the horror stories I have heard from children in the foster care system and a large amount of fraud, malfeasance, and systemic racism that runs rampant within these agencies.
Please tell us about your upcoming album and what you’re most excited about from it?
Samira: I am releasing my first completely solo album this fall and for the most part I’m excited about is the response. Lol I’m eager to see and hear the response from my family and friends on the tracks I’m rhyming on. My entire life I have been known as the RnB songstress or songbird. No one ever really knew I could rap. I almost entitled the album “Split Personality lmao but I will save that for a mixtape. Anyhow, I’m curious to know if my pen game is tight.
What else can we be on the lookout for from you?
Samira: More music, books, a musical stage play, new business endeavors, cooking show/cookbook, and I am speaking into existence the purchase of my perfect new home. As minorities, we have to teach our young to invest. Start young so u can build your credit up to equally obtain generational wealth and status amongst our white counterparts.
What advice would you have for anyone reading this article and maybe battling their mental health?
Samira: Talk to someone. Don’t keep your emotions and feelings bottled up inside. Eventually, you’re going to break down and potentially could hurt someone from keeping your emotions bottled up inside instead of facing your problems head-on.
Keep-up-to-date with Samira by connecting on social media:
Instagram: @samira4everblessed @samirar2kw @samirasings
YouTube: @SamiraRandolph –https://youtu.be/GA-4-yfjd6g
Facebook: @SamiraRandolph @SamiraAli
Label: Hustler’s Hope Ent. CEO Samira Randolph & Gale “Big Guy” Green
Clothing Line Designer: Cherrie Cook
Music Page: SoundCloud /Samira Randolph https://soundcloud.
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Multimedia Creative and Personality Tammy Reese is an award-winning Writer and Journalist. Writing and Directing short films on social issues to spread awareness through the arts gained Tammy the Makers: Women Who Make America Award honor on International Women's Day 2019. Tammy currently serves on the Communications Committee for New York Women In Film and Television. She is also the Founder and Owner of Visionary Minds Public Relations and Media.