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 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?
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?
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?
As a white member of a Black fraternity do you feel like you have any extra responsibilities or duties?
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?
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?
In your opinion, what is it about Nupes that makes them so smooth?
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?
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