Janet Jackson Roller Disco Tribute

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!

Janet Jackson Roller Disco Tribute

#JanetsLegacyMatters

How to Start a Skate Movement in Your Town

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!
Keep Rollin!!

Aug. 27 Michael Jackson Roller Disco

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

AGES 18+
$10 ADMISSION | $5 SKATE RENTAL
(CASH ONLY)

Facebook Event Link

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Super Skate Sunday – February Adult Skate

Bay Area Skate Family, THIS IS FOR YOU!!!
It’s time to start planning your night out!
February 14th ❤️
WE are Ready to Party & Roll with YOU!
SUPER SKATE SUNDAY!

Come roll with us 9PM-MIDNIGHT!
Presidents Day Weekend…No work on Monday!

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Connect to & share the event on Facebook!
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A rink that Welcomes, Listens to and Respects US!
✅ ROLL HOW YOU WANT.
✅ WEAR WHAT YOU WANT.
✅ SKATE TO WHAT YOU LIKE.
✅ IT’S ADULT NIGHT.
✅ ACTUALLY…IT’S YOUR NIGHT!

Admission $11, Skate Rental $4

With your support, we will make this a regular event!

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MUSIC
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DJ: White Chocolate
(Church of 8 Wheels Saturday Night Roller Disco,
Richard Humphrey Ballroom Skate)

Playing your favorite R&B, Soul & Hip Hop Skate
Music!
(…and some you may have forgotten about )

Here’s a little taste:

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Bring your Friends, Bring a Date!
BRING YOUR SKATES!

We can’t wait to roll with you! ❤️

Skate-a-thon 2015 – Class is in Session

Showcasing some of the great skaters I captured during Atlanta’s 20th Annual Skate-a-thon.
Take notes, class is in session!!

Chapter 1: The Spin

Dan “Kno Limitz” – Seattle

“T-Stacks” – Tennessee

Chapter 2: Floorwork

“Sensai” – Kansas City

“Bee1ne” Anthony – Ohio

Chapter 3: Footwork

Hezekiah – North Carolina

“Batman” Smith – Chicago

Unknown Skater – Chicago

Amazing skating fellas, thank you for the inspiration!

Skate-a-thon 2015 – Celebrating the Ladies in the Middle

It can be super intimidating to get out in front of a group of people and show them your best moves. It can especially intimidating to push through a crowd of amped-up guys just to get a piece of the floor for a few precious seconds.

I’m proud of these ladies who got out there and held their own!

California: Tiffany

California: Michelle

Illinois: Natasha

California: K-Fancy

Atlanta: CeCe

Gurl Power! #sk8athon20

My 1st Skate-a-Thon – Atlanta Skate Trip Photos

Labor Day weekend marked the 19th Annual Joi’s Skate-a-thon in Atlanta. This was my first major out-of-town skate trip. My friend Kai and I decided to share the experience together since we both started skating at the same time about 5 years ago. Here’s “1-Flow” and I relaxing at the VIP party at Cascade before the main event on night #2.

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I was so busy skating, I didn’t get to take too many photos/videos, but here’s just a peek at my trip!

Friday Night – All American Rink, Stone Mountain, GA

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I couldn’t even venture a guess as to how many skaters filled the floor that night, but it was absolutely mind-blowing to watch hundreds of skaters, all with different styles weave in and out of each other effortlessly. For me, it wasn’t so effortless at first, but I started to get the hang of this great big dance. The DJ’s did a phenomenal job of keeping everyone in the groove.

Saturday Night – Cascade Skating Rink, Atlanta, GA

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Ahhhh, 25 and older skaters at this party. I love the young bloods, but this was party all about the grown-folks. This was my favorite night by far. The energy and the love in this rink was palpable and there was a little bit more room to get it in. With some encouragement, I even ventured into the middle circle and busted out some moves. I hope someone somewhere got some of it on video, because it was one of those out-of-body experiences, where the right song comes on and your feet just take over. DJ Big Bob had us sweating, and it felt so good!

Sunday Night – Golden Glide, Decatur, GA

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Night #3 of the festivities and Northern California came out in full force on “Rep your City” night. *Orange Alert!!* Again, the house was packed and the energy was high. There were a few stops and starts from a couple falls, and some knucklehead who brought a drink out on the floor. I was afraid I had lost my groove. They slowed things down a bit and then it was time for Roll Call. This is where the regions with the most distinct skate styles get a chance to do their thing on a much less crowded floor.  Do yourself a favor and check out some of these styles on Youtube, expand your mind and your skating; JB, Open House, Snapping, Sliders, Fast Backwards.  After that, I got my second wind and managed to put in some middle work before the end of the night.

Here’s my Northern California Skate Family representing in Orange! We roll deep!

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Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I was fortunate to end my trip with the hospitality of “Queen of the South” Joi herself. We enjoyed a nice relaxing visit before heading back to the Bay. Here’s our crew with Joi’s “Wall of Fame.”

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White Chocolate is SUPER proud to be on that wall. I can’t thank Joi enough for her years of dedication to this event and to skating in general. I had the time of the my life and I feel so fortunate to have had this experience!

Stay tuned for some videos from the event. I gotta show you guys some of these different styles. I hope my footage came out alright. 😉

#RollWithSoul