Samantha Suarez

Marketing & Communications Professional

United States


Digital marketing and content guru. Writer. Social justice advocate. Foodie. Moviegoer.

Completed "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild" in Master Mode.
Beat Resident Evil 2 Remake in Hardcore Mode with an S Ranking.


Written Work

Grand Rapids Magazine
Singing and supper - Grand Rapids Magazine

This winter, Grand Rapids' first Korean barbecue and karaoke joint opened at 169 Louis Campau Promenade in the heart of downtown. K-ROK's owner and operator, Rob Yoon, opened the new hotspot with hopes of bringing more pop to Grand Rapids' nightlife while sharing Korean food and culture with the community.

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A colorful trail - Grand Rapids Magazine

When Alice Lyn Jasper moved from Brooklyn to Michigan's Upper Peninsula for school, it was the perfect opportunity to dabble in outdoor recreation. But there were a few setbacks: she was new at it, and she's a woman of color.

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The king of hospitality - Grand Rapids Magazine

Despite his status as a public figure in Grand Rapids' food and beverage scene, my tito, (Tagalog for "uncle") George Aquino, did not expect to enter a career in hospitality. Believe it or not, he received his undergraduate degree in writing at the University of Iowa.

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New Kyd on the block - Grand Rapids Magazine

On Jan. 1, Grand Rapids gained its newest poet laureate in Ericka "Kyd Kane" Thompson. She is the seventh to take on the title and the first Black woman and openly queer person to hold the role. The poet laureate is selected by Grand Rapids Public Library's Poet Laureate Selection Committee and acts as an ambassador of poetry for the city.

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Speaking up - Grand Rapids Magazine

Editor's note: This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity. As a dedicated spoken word artist, Jocelyn Barnes uses her voice and platforms to find healing through self-reflection and as a catalyst for activism. She was recently named as a host for The Drunken Retort and communications lead for the Diatribe.

Media Interviews
How Grand Rapids is honoring AAPI heritage this month

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - After a year in which Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have reported increased discrimination, organizations are celebrating their stories in West Michigan this AAPI Heritage Month.
Community gathers for #StopAsianHate rally in downtown Grand Rapids

Over a hundred people gathered in Rosa Parks Circle for the rally and vigil. The Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Foundation scrambled to organize and spread the word of a Saturday event to rally against Asian hate and remember the lives of the victims of the Atlanta spa shootings.
Downtown Grand Rapids launches 'World of Winter' outdoor festival

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - It's time to get ready for 'The World of Winter' festival hosted in Downtown Grand Rapids! This annual and interactive festival showcases the beauty of Grand Rapids, by providing fun ways to get outdoors and enjoy the winter season.



555's New Skate Facility

The new skate, bike and scoot facility at 555 Monroe is the only space of its kind in #DowntownGR. Whether or not you're a skater, it's a great place to spen...

"Activate This Place" Grant Program

Calling all artists and creatives!If you have a unique idea that will invigorate a currently dull or lifeless public space in #DowntownGR - whether it's a pu...

Welcome to the #HotelDistrictGR!

When you check in to one of the many great hotels in the #HotelDistrictGR, all the best restaurants, cafes, museums, shops, and venues that #DowntownGR has to offer are just steps away.

Downtown GR's Newest Loo

Everyone has to use the bathroom at some point - whether you’re out bar-hopping before a concert, a person experiencing homelessness or a window-shopping visitor. Now there’s one more place to go in #DowntownGR.


Why drive when you can DASH? This year, the Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival fun starts before you even arrive at the festival. #GRAPF2019