Samantha AKA Sammy From the Block
All hail this Latina queen!
Born and raised in Queens, Samantha has a powerful, feminine energy that makes the world stop and stare. Her mama taught her to never apologize for who she is (thanks, Mama!). Samantha knows how to carry herself like a real lady. She might walk into the room all Audrey Hepburn, dainty, hair done. But wait until she opens up her mouth, starts moving, and lets her wild mane of curls down. Turn up is real, people. Samantha is passionate, fierce, and knows how to tell it like it is. Half-Dominican, half-Puerto Rican, Samantha is full loca loca loca. Take Samantha’s class if you’re looking for a dose of resilience, courage, and power.
So, tell us... what's your type?
Ooooh, I always fall for the bad boy. The tattoos, the off the cuff artist, the one who isn't really put together but has too much swag. I try to avoid it but fall EVERY TIME.
Does that mean you're single or taken?
Single... Even though I have been seeing someone, we both know it's not deep.
What's your favorite part about being single?
I like that I have no guilt about being the flirt that I am. And I am a true flirt.
Describe your last wild night out:
I have had quite a few, but the last really memorable one was in Mykonos on vacation. I made out with two strangers and danced on the bar. Always living my best life.
The amount someone would have to pay you to teach ((305)) butt naked?
$5,000 so I can get the hell out of the country right after.
Tell us a story from your childhood that proves you're a #BOSS.
I was the weather girl in my elementary school, meaning every day after the pledge of allegiance I would announce the full weather report over the loud speaker. #FemalePresidentMaterial.
Tell us about your childhood. Paint us a picture.
I grew up in a house in Queens with a backyard and a dog- total suburban life for NYC. I have an older sister and my parents are still together which is somewhat rare these days. My dad is Dominican and my mom is Puerto Rican. There was so much spice in my house, and by spice I mean passion. Love was intense, so was anger. But we feel everything intensely. My dad taught me the gift of generosity. He is the most giving human I know. My mom taught me never to apologize for being who I am. I am blessed with the most supportive uplifting family. Seriously.
What's one thing you've learned about who you are in the last year?
I learned that it's okay to be on a journey of self discovery constantly and not always having a final destination in sight. Growth means that good things are happening so my ultimate goal is to always feel like I'm growing.
Love Sammy? Same.
Community classes with Sammy are just $10 and run through December 1st. Proceeds go to She's the First, helping girls in low-income countries get degrees, as the first in their families.