The Soul Skate event takes place in Detroit, Michigan over Memorial Day weekend every 2 years. I finally had a chance to check it out!
It’s kind of crazy how I grew up here and had no idea about the rich skating culture that has existed there for decades. Thanks to the Soul Skate crew for an amazing time!
Here’s a few videos to give you a glimpse of the action.
The skate crews were out in full force with killer routines!
I even got to witness some of MY favs in person!
You can watch the entire playlist here. Enjoy!!
San Francisco! Join us at the Church of 8 Wheels for a special Tuesday night Roller Disco.
It’s Halloween Night! Dress to impress and win the Halloween costume contest!
Every year, the Golden Gate Park roller skaters put on a showcase filled with fun dance routines.
I was hesitant to participate this year because I had pulled a muscle, which was taking a long time to heal and I wasn’t skating at the level I wanted to be at for a “performance.”
But at the last minute, I let all that go, and decided to put 2 of my favorite things together; Janet Jackson and Wonder Woman!
Enjoy this funky mash-up!!
• Song: Janet Jackson – Dammn Baby
• Wonder Woman Theme remix: Brittany Taylor https://youtu.be/h5KvCNsundA
• Addtl. Instrumental arrangement/stabs: https://www.instagram.com/mrklynik/
Special thanks to Kenny Hoff for capturing the moment!
Featured Photo: Justin Link
Another amazing event from the 2Raw Skate Club took place April 14-16 in Citrus Heights, CA.
FRIDAY – The Warmup
DJ Soulnificent (Maryland)
I pulled a muscle the weekend before, so I was a little nervous going into the weekend. I knew I wanted to go all out, but I didn’t want to make the injury worse. Friday was mostly about saying hello and giving hugs to my skate family. DJ Soulnificent had us groovin though, it was a great warmup.
Skates = smiles!! 😉
Above Photo: Denyse Jones
Saturday – The Main Event
DJ Joe Bowen (Chicago)
I was still skate buzzing from Friday night that I hardly slept! Unfortunately, I didn’t make it out to the park for the annual BBQ, but I knew I needed to conserve my energy.
For SIX hours, DJ Joe Bowen kept the flow going. Amazing set, I skated my injured tush off. (ow)
This time, I hit the floor with my camera to capture some of the action. Enjoy the 2Raw experience from my POV.
Golden Gate Park Skaters visit 2Raw!
Kelvin brings the Chicago flavor
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We don’t have to wait until our legends are gone to celebrate them. Janet is one of my all time favorite artists, a true inspiration. With the support of the Church of 8 Wheels, we’re going to dedicate a theme night solely to Janet!
Janet Jackson is an international mega-star but her accomplishments are actually quite underrated, and often diminished in the media in favor of newer artists for which Janet paved the way. Before Beyoncé and others, there was Janet. Miss Jackson if you’re nasty.
Janet has given us FOUR straight decades of uplifting party music as well as socially conscious music. She’s taken music video and live performances to new heights. She has created and broken numerous records for female artists. Many of them still stand today.
Please join me April 1, at San Francisco’s Church of 8 Wheels, for a celebration of Janet Jackson’s music on wheels! I can assure you, this is no April Fool’s joke!
Get the point? Good…let’s skate!
One of the things that frustrates roller skaters the most is the struggle to find a safe place to skate.
Rinks across the country are closing due to skyrocketing costs of land and insurance. Some places don’t even have rinks.
It’s a hardknock life, for us!
During my skating journey, I’ve been lucky to meet and work with one of the most successful community advocates for roller skating here in San Francisco. David Miles Jr. The Godfather of Skate. Over the last 3 decades, he has developed a very vibrant and successful skate community producing over 2000 skate events, many which have been featured in national magazines including Sports Illustrated and on the front page of newspapers throughout the country.
Since arriving in California from Kansas City in 1979, David has developed great working relationships with the local government in the city and county of San Francisco to create a positive image for skaters and help implement laws that benefit skaters.
I thought I would go straight to the source when it comes to finding out how to he created all this from the ground up. So during a break between sessions at the popular “Church of 8 Wheels” I asked him to share some ideas on how anyone can do it in their own community.
Straight from the Godfather to you…
Be sure to let me know if you start something in your community. You can comment below, or join me on Facebook and tell us about it!
August 29th, 2016 would have marked the King of Pop’s 58th birthday.
The Church of 8 Wheels is celebrating with a special roller disco night filled with music from Michael as well as his famous musical family.
Join me, White Chocolate for a fun theme night!
Get out your best MJ moves, costumes and skate!
SATURDAY AUGUST 27, 7-11PM
$10 ADMISSION | $5 SKATE RENTAL
Facebook Event Link