when i had the conversation with dj G1 in 2005 i knew i was onto something, i had been to tha Hood Games event in LA and after that real spit with Oakland's baddest of all things "under" in music, art and fun grown folk stuff. We where talking about a few kids riding skateboards in Oakland that seem to like double in numbers in a year. I thought if i could present a economic piece to what Keith KDUB Williams started it would be a big hit in Ohio. Little did i know after coming back from Oakland that the youth in Southern Ohio where so lazy and out of shape, most ate junk food and played video games. I also knew Obesity is killing Americans at a very high rate, but the efforts to reduce those numbers never targeted the inner city. Since i had some friends in the music and entertainment business, the word soon got out and ten500 was born to kill Obesity using Sports, Fashion and Art. Fast forward five years and O"boy we have made a hude difference in so many lives with not one penny from anybody, if fact we have spent less than $1500 over the fast five years. It's the youth and their talent that has the entire non-profit world awaiting our 501c3 approval. Yes the sista with the big booty and the young brother swaged out in a hand painted AJW lid and ten500 tee is smart, eats pretty good and loves life. They get good marks and must take care of their offspring, Life, Talent, God and Skateboarding make the crew of ten500 so blessed they must know Jesus!
Bayb damm baby you got a trucker truck behind ya looking right with that ten500 gear painted on like jockes from Walmart....now i'm thinking i better get my swag and ice right before you look right boo at me, i know ninja's hate'n when they see ya on my arms, don't deny my swag, my confident vibes that get you hyphy in that ten500 trucker hat, damm baby you making me hard thaking this rap game serious waiting on my beats from Demari talking Mr.Piffy ten500 on everythang round and brown!
Many in the skateboard community are wondering how we expand the sport? How we jump into the next level and past Soccer and Hockey? Does anybody not Vans, Nike, or top riders have the impact to change the sport at the grass roots level? Street skaters are just going about their business. New venues are popping up and wild ideas are in conversation. I I have been in deep thoughts about change and now we grow beyond financial support. Control and ownership always come into play when you think about expansion. Who gains that control and their vision affects an entire generation. Small movements have turned into non-profits that combat urban ills are gaining in the corporate world. Do we really want more corporate input or just their money? Some insiders are really scared that the large sneaker companies and energy drinks are pushing their agenda and don't care about the kids? What positive aspect does a sponsor like the Army have on skateboarding? I really don't know; but i hear they pay a few bills, 2010 should be a fun and wild year and the breakout year of small Black and Latino skate crews.Keep your eyes open, things are getting exciting. How can we get ten500 skateboarding to the X Games with no bread? Maybe we team up with the U.S. Army?
andre jamal walker
Black people riding skateboarders are nothing new. What is new is the large percent of Professional Black Skateboarders. The skateboard movement has been an underground movement that has had problems getting media attention. Hip-Hop and Rock music have slowly merged into extreme sports. They have almost become one genre. In fact Rappers Jay Z, Snopp Dogg, Pharrell Williams and many others have skate teams or feature skateboarders in their videos. Pharell Williams might be the most involved owning a clothing line (Ice Cream) that has a focus on skate sneakers. Pharrel also grew up riding with his brother. The new kid on the block is eight (8) year old Kelei Bishop, that's right 8 years old! This kid can flat our ride a skateboard. Older cats like Stevie Williams, Kevin Taylor, Natnaile Mamo, Marcus Mcbride and Kareem Campbell have sponsors and seeing enough money to stunt. NFL and NBA ballers have taken notice and they have jumped into the industry. Los Angeles native KDUB (now based in Oakland) deserves a boatload of credit creating the "Hood Games". We have heard about other movements around the country that help inner city kids stay out of trouble using skateboards with Art and Music. The Malcolm X Games and ten500 Skateboarding come to mind. Where do they go from here? In the near future we might simply say "dude rides a mean board" and not mention the fact he/she is Black. Nike, Marc Ecko, Vans and Addias have also jumped in with skate shoes and teams. The only thing slowly down the movement, most view skateboarding as something they did in the 70's. America is awake and this is a time for change....watch out Pop Warner Football.
D Dude its mad out here, the rain is out of control and my girlfriend is hungry. Should i go to KFC or simply make a
grilled cheese? I just got some ice (plastic) to rock at the club (friends basement) and maybe I'll drive my Porsche 911 (77 honda accord) with my number one stunter "Junnie with the booty". Sometimes we ride our skateboards in the rain and get all wet. Her black ten500 tee fits really good, when its wet! Junnie knows all the skateboard cats in Oakland AND Columbnus, Ohio. How everybody in Oakland and Columbus knows my girl beats me? I found her the "water games" stealing hub caps from my hommies skateboard. I thought it was cute and she had a phatty, little did I know Junnie was Mary Jane's cousin on her momma side. Her other cousin BMX rides monster trucks and Flossy hats from the 614 Zone. I wonder if you want to ride over to pookie's crib? You know it's rainin.