December 4, 2020

Jasmine Rey China

‘LL: What does the future look like for you and the Wall Ball Association?
Long term, of course we have an agenda to take wall ball to the Olympics but before then I would love to be able to develop an international traveling team of players. Red Bull is our biggest supporter and they’ve signed NYC phenom Timothy “Timbo” Gonzalez and I hope to expand chapters to Philadelphia, California, Puerto Rico and Florida and get more athletes signed. Also I’ve seen a jump in more women playing handball and I think a lot of that has to do with them seeing a female running the organization. Hopefully I will sign my next female athlete and start training women to be referees.

‘LL: What does a day off look like for you?
I work out a lot, I run every day and of course I still play handball. My 5-year-old son Jayden Ray is very athletic and involved in sports so I’m always taking him around. I volunteer at karate school and I take Mandarin lessons. I’m always busy on a 24/7 grind.

‘LL: What would men be most surprised to know about you? 

Even though I wear heels every single day, I am such a tomboy and people are always surprised to know that. I’m a 4th degree black belt in shotokan karate and I never lost a tournament. Also I have a Can-Am Spyder motorcycle, so basically I love to fight, kick ass and ride my bike!

‘LL: What do you look for in a man?
Most importantly, I want to find someone who’s as ambitious as me. I can’t be with someone who is a homebody or lazy. I love tall guys and guys who are into fitness. A guy definitely has to carry himself well and take care of himself.

‘LL: Biggest turn on?
I find a man’s smile so sexy. I love a boss and I guess that’s because I am one. I like a guy who is in charge and in a position of authority.

‘LL: Biggest turn off?
My biggest turn off it someone who is negative. If you always find something negative to say about people or a situation, I’m running the other way! I’m so big on positivity.

‘LL: What do you like/love about Latino men? 

My mother is Filipino and Puerto Rican and my dad is black so they always had an interesting dynamic. I love that Latin men have this machismo, which is good to a certain extent. When they don’t overdo it, it’s sexy. I like a man with his chest out and his head high.

‘LL: What do you dislike/hate about Latino men?
They’re so possessive and I’m a free spirit so it can be too much sometimes. I find that’s a stark contrast, between Latinos and every other man. Chill out!

‘LL: Any advice for Latino men?
I like intensity and I’m an intense person but I would tell men to allow a woman to be a woman and don’t be overbearing. There has to be a time where you can look at your woman from afar and not have to let the world know she’s yours, but just know at the end of the day you get to take her home.

‘LL: What is your definition of a “llero”?
Well there are obviously a lot of things a man can do to be a gentleman, like pay for dinner and hold doors but I find a gentleman to be someone who calls you just because, to ask how you are. It makes such a big difference in someone’s day.




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About The Author

Candida L. Figueroa is a writer and wine lover, often simultaneously. After receiving a B.A in Journalism she contributed to and ‘LLERO, finding her niche in covering the entertainment and Latino culture beat. Her greatest journalistic acheivement to date - an interview with Dolores Huerta – but were sure there is more where that came from. When Candida is not writing her favorites, she’s reading them. Among her top reads are the workds of James Baldwin, Kate Chopin, Bell Hooks and Julia Alvarez. Candida, a Brooklyn native, works a 9 to 5 with her head in the clouds. Follow her on Twitter @CFiggss

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