A New Jersey native, AJ Calloway is the New York City correspondent for "Extra." AJ is at the center of all things entertainment in the Big Apple, interviewing the most talked about celebrities, athletes and notables in the world. AJ along with his EXTRA family as he calls them won an EMMY in 2014 for Outstanding Entertainment New Program.
AJ always knew he was destined to be in entertainment in some capacity. As early as high school, he was producing and promoting fundraisers for different organizations he was involved in, and by the time he enrolled in Howard University, he had formed his first promotion company, which was behind some of the best independent events for his University's legendary homecomings. Calloway continued his marketing and promotions career after college and moved his vision to New York City.
It was in New York that AJ began his television career. In August 2000, AJ secured a co-host position on B.E.T, and in September 2000, "106 & Park, B.E.T's Top Ten Live" aired for the first time. A live show with a mix of celebrity guests, live performances and the hottest videos selected by viewers. It was B.E.T's most popular show to date and earned the network record-breaking ratings. In fact, the show became the number one video show in America, knocking "TRL" out of that position, due in part to AJ's interviewing technique, charisma, style and down-to-earth personality.
After working at B.E.T for five years, AJ knew it was time for a change, so on July 28, 2005, AJ made his last signature sign-off to the "106 & Park" audience "Love Live Life."
AJ has had cameos in "Drumline" and "Chicago Code" and created, produced and starred in his own pilot for UPN, "The Show with AJ Calloway." The pilot gave him the chance to act alongside Justine Bateman, Kim Coles and Kel Mitchell. AJ loves and respects acting and is committed to pursuing it further in the future.
AJ believes in giving back to the community. He serves on the Dean's Advisory Board for the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and he also speaks to youth around the country about the negative effects of drugs, alcohol, unprotected sex and the importance of entrepreneurship and leadership. He has been a guest lecturer at University of Missouri, West Virginia State, University of Florida, University of Delaware, University of Missouri, Nassau Community College, and Smith College, among others. At Howard University, AJ taught a graduate course on Hip Hop culture and its relation to public history, the university's first course of its kind. Calloway is also a proud and active member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
In addition, AJ has clearly established himself as a true entrepreneur. He owns and operates Calloway Entertainment Group, a production, marketing, promotions and event-planning company, and also serves as a consultant to many companies as a celebrity brand ambassador. In his spare time, Calloway is a laid-back guy who enjoys traveling and relaxing on the beach with his wife and two daughters.