Off the Record: A Reporter Unveils the Celebrity Worlds of Hollywood, Hip-hop, and Sports

A collection of offbeat, funny, and often moving backstories of the many entertainers and athletes covered by award-winning Newsweek journalist Allison Samuels, Off the Record reveals the inner worlds of today's A-list black celebrities.

With anecdotes on everyone from Snoop Dogg, Shaquille O'Neal, Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, and Whitney Houston, this "all-access" book is filled with insightful stories that never made it into the pages of the mainstream press.

From her start at CAA's infamous agent training program—which included tasks such as blowing up 200 dinosaurs for the lobby when Steven Spielberg made a quick visit, and picking up Ted Danson's half-million-dollar weekly paycheck—there was no chore too small. But these humble beginnings gave Samuels access to Hollywood's A-list and led to her eventual focus on the world of black entertainers.

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By steffie (Fort Worth, TX) · ★☆☆☆☆ · June 27, 2007
Got this as a birthday gift. Whatevs.

This book is annoyingly full of errors. Sorry, but I find it hard to believe that a book has gotten this far in the publishing process despite several brazen, glaring mistakes. Seriously. How embarrassing is it that a "celebrated" Newsweek reporter doesn't hav... ...more
By Demetria (New York, NY) · ★★★☆☆ · January 31, 2008
I wrote a review of this book for my j-o-b, so I won't reprint that here. I'll just say that this was a quick, (mostly) entertaining read about "off the record" moments with black celebrities...with A-Rod thrown in for good measure. The funniest moments are when Samuels talks about Snoop. He seem... ...more
By Leticia (Perrineville, NJ) · ★★☆☆☆ · April 18, 2007
This was a good, quick read about Newsweek entertainment reporter Alison Samuels experience covering the black celebrity elite over the past decade. By no means a "tell-all" but interesting tidbits nonetheless. ...more