If you are active in the Black Greek world of social media, you definitely have seen the videos of Kappa Alpha Psi’s @SamWhiteout shimmying and noticed the barrage of comments that he receives from women who have fallen in love with his Nupey demeanor.
Sam White is a Spring ’14 initiate of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.’s Delta Eta Chapter at Villanova University, who has taken the internet by storm and amassed over 200,000 followers on Instagram before graduating college. We at WatchTheYard.com were able to catch up with the blue-eyed NUPE and find out that he is way more than just a mean shimmy. Sam has some very insightful things to say about cultural appropriation and why he decided to join his beloved Kappa Alpha Psi.
Check out our interview below:
Sam you went viral this year after being featured on Bossip where they called you Justin Timber Kappa and highlighted you for your shimmying. Since the article, you have amassed over 200,000 Instagram followers and started to develop a sort of celebrity online. What does it feel like to have that type of attention and how has this changed your life?
The biggest change has definitely been the scale of the platform that I have to talk about issues that I am passionate about. As things started to grow, it became clear to me that I needed to use the attention to address things that are important like police brutality, white privilege, & LGTB equality. Plus, I think it’s really great that people who otherwise wouldn’t know about BGLO’s are exposed to the culture of Black greek life.
The article Bossip posted highlighted you as a white Kappa who shimmies and is into social justice but never talked about what brought you to Black Greekdom in the first place. What drew you to the Divine 9?
When I was an undergrad at Villanova, I was struck by the level of involvement on campus that the Divine 9 had despite being vastly outnumbered by PanHellenic and IFC organizations. I was very frustrated with the problems Villanova has with respect to race, gender, sexuality, etc., and the Divine 9 was clearly one of the few collectives tackling those issues.
What made you want to be a Kappa?
Obviously, I connected with my future chapter brothers very quickly. For me, the level of programming that the Delta Eta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. put on was unparalleled whether it was academic, social, or service based. Lastly, the extent to which the national objectives permeated through the chapter’s attitude and activities showed me that Kappa was the common thread through all the achievement I was seeing.
What is the most important thing that Kappa Alpha Psi has taught you?
Piss poor preparation promotes piss poor performance. Be prepared and don’t anticipate, participate.
Have you experienced any backlash for being a white member who has received a sort of celebrity status within the NPHC from members of the NPHC or non-greeks? If so how do you respond to this?
The backlash I’ve received is on a very small scale. Both in and out of the NPHC, I’ve always been treated respect. I’m proud to be a part of the kind of community that prioritizes merit over stereotypes. I understand the concern that some people have when they hear about me or see the videos, though. There is a risk for cultural appropriation, but I actively work to prevent that kind of problem. The difference between cultural participation/cultural exchange and cultural appropriation is critical, and it is something I am mindful of regularly because I would never want to disrespect the culture and the community.
As a white member of a Black fraternity do you feel like you have any extra responsibilities or duties?
Absolutely. Critical to the founding of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. was the discrimination and blatant racism that the founders endured. To ignore that would be to dishonor the bond I love so much. It is absolutely my responsibly as an ally to use my privilege and my voice for progress.
Everyone who joins an NPHC organization has a deep love and respect for the culture and history that comes with it. What Kappa do you look up to the most?
Arthur Ashe is a Kappa Man through and through. Since before I knew what Greek life even was, he was someone I looked up to. I admire the way he carried himself as a athlete activist who fought racism on a global scale while breaking down barriers to education for young people of color. Plus, there are so many older chapter brothers of mine for whom I have the highest respect and admiration.
You just graduated from college, what are your plans for the future?
Since graduation, I have been working to develop my platform and get involved with various social justice projects. I’m hoping to launch my own initiative relating to providing professional development resources to young men in college soon. I’ve also recently begun some freelance work with Huffington Post Live.
The word “achievement” is something that holds a lot of weight and importance within Kappa Alpha Psi. What does Achievement mean to you?
Achievement means pushing yourself beyond what you thought you were capable of in all fields of human endeavor. With the help of those who inspire you and push you to be your best self, there is no limit to what you can achieve.
In your opinion, what is it about Nupes that makes them so smooth?
Every field of human endeavor includes being social. Something about Nupes just exudes confidence, and that’s the core of being smooth. We’re Nupes. It’s what we do.
The comment sections of your Instagram photos are riddled with thirst from women who “really” like you. What is the craziest thing you have ever had happen to you in terms of internet thirst?
Someone managed to find out my mother’s name and then commented thanking her for having me. Kinda caught me off guard, but I’ll agree. Thanks Mom!
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This Is How the Kappas Reveal New Initiates at Tennessee State University
The Kappas at Tennessee State University revealed a line that will go down in history!
The brothers of the Alpha Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi at Tennessee State University introduced their Spring 17 initiates to campus and these brothers put on a show!
Check out their video below and show these brothers some love if you think they HELD IT DOWN!
Shot by @cbd_jonesy 🎥
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Kaepernick Just Donated $25,000 to Help Immigrant Youth Affected By Trump’s Repeal of DACA
San Fransisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick has decided to use his own money and the money he has made from his jersey sales to help the people of the Chicago area by supportingthe largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation to deal with Trump’s removal of DACA.
The 28-year -old member of Kappa Alpha Psi, who refused to stand during the national anthem during NFL games last year said he would donate the first $1 million he made from last season to organizations assisting communities affected by racial injustice and police brutality.
“I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and be able to make the kind of money I do,” Kaepernick said. “I have to help these communities. It’s not right that they’re not put in the position to succeed or given those opportunities to succeed,” he said last year.
“I will donate one million dollars plus all the proceeds of my jersey sales from the 2016 season to organizations working in oppressed communities, 100k a month for 10 months,” he said on his website.
One of these communities just so happens to be immigrant children who are currently being threatened by the repeal of DACA.
For his recent pledge, which was announced yesterday, Colin donated $25,000 to United We Dream, the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.
“We organize and advocate for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status,” the about section on United We Dream‘s website states.
According to Kaepernick’s website, the $25,000 will go toward the following:
- Addressing the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth. Over 100,000 members. Current focus: Organize and work for immigrant children to keep DACA in force.
- 10k for upcoming travel. Air, hotel, lodging, and ground transportation. United We Dream recently held event in Washington DC and sent 300 dreamers to lobby to keep DACA. This budget will pay for 75-100 attendees for a similar rally upcoming.
- 10k for series of upcoming local gatherings in NY, CT, TX, FL, NM. Facilities rent and security, transportation, food, technology
- 5k for text service for the network of over 100,000 members.
Along with this $25,000 donation, Kaepernick has donated to DREAM (Formerly RBI Harlem) a baseball program in Harlem, Coalition For The Homeless, and War on Children.
The Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi in Houston Just Published This List of Things You Can Do to Help Hurricane Survivors
The Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. just released the following “Disaster Response Update” regarding Hurricane Harvey and the work that the members of the fraternity are doing to help survivors in the city. The message, which was penned by the alumni chapter’s Polemarch Ronald J. Lockett, II, covers FEMA, volunteer opportunities and ways that people can donate.
Read the full letter below
The Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is working with the other area alumni chapters, the Kappa Disaster Response & Recovery Team, FEMA, the Red Cross, and the City of Houston. We have offered the Houston Alumni Kappa House as a POD (Point of Distribution) related to the flood recovery effort. There are truckloads of resources that are already moving into position to service the area. This will allow us to play a vital role in the response and the ongoing long-term recovery efforts. At this time, the Kappa House (3349 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004) has not been activated as an official FEMA Point of Distribution, but we will begin accepting supplies from those able to donate starting Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 11:00am – 4:00pm and continuing daily (*Suggested supply list attached)
There are many immediate volunteer opportunities at shelters in Houston and the surrounding communities where our assistance is greatly needed. If you are safely able to leave your home to serve our fellow neighbors at a shelter, please do. We encourage you to wear Kappa Alpha Psi paraphernalia. (Thank you to those who were able to volunteer over the past few days)
Monetary donations can be made directly to the Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi to purchase supplies, water, clothing, food for displaced members & their families along with the citizens of Houston communities: www.houkappa.com/donate
We have recently spoken to the Polemarchs of the Beaumont & Port (TX) Arthur Alumni Chapters and they are dealing with the storm as well. They have several brothers who are currently waiting to be evacuated from their flooded homes while the rain is still pouring down. Please keep them and their families in your prayers as well as those in the Lake Charles, LA area.
We encourage affected individuals to immediately register with FEMA. Registering online at: www.DisasterAssistance.gov or www.fema.gov is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance. Those who do not have access to the internet may register by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those interested in becoming a part of FEMA’s standing disaster workforce should visit: https://careers.fema.gov/reservists-program
Please stay safe and heed the guidance and warnings of local authorities. Keep the Faith and remember your life is more important than any material possessions.
Yours in the Bond,
Ronald J. Lockett, II
Polemarch, Houston (TX) Alumni Chapter
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
“Brotherhood, Achievement, Service & Social”
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