Music Video Skate Cameos

Originally posted on White Chocolate - Roller Skate Blog:

Roller Skating has always been cool and the proof is in music videos from some of the biggest artists.

Even Beyonce filmed her latest video, “Blow” at a skate rink in Houston.

Check out just some of these classic skate cameos. Don’t blink or your might miss them! I included the time code with the skate scene.

Janet Jackson – Alright (5:40)

George Benson – Give me the Night (Various scenes in the 1st minute or so)

JJ Fad – Supersonic (2:48)

Michael Jackson – Bad (3:54)

Ciara feat. Missy Elliott – 1, 2 Step (2:45)

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“BCN Roller Dance Jams” Spotify collaborative playlist

Usuarios de Spotify, tenemos una lista de música pública y colaborativa, así que nos puedes seguir y colaborar con nuestra playlist “BCN Roller Dance Jams” agregando música para buenas jams en Barcelona y el resto del mundo. ♪ ESTILOS ♪ old & new school ♪ funk, soul, r&b, hip-hop, dub, house, indie… YEAH! ¡GRACIAS!

Spotify users, we have a public and collaborative playlist so you can follow it and add songs to our playlist “BCN Roller Dance Jams” for awesome jams in Barcelona and the rest of the world. ♪ STYLES ♪ old & new school ♪ funk, soul, r&b, hip-hop, dub, house, indie… YEAH! THANKS!

http://open.spotify.com/user/rizadeira/playlist/0oFyYXHvTzFBHqoYBDEnfH

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2Raw’s Annual Spring Skate Jam

BCN Roller Dance:

Thanks for sharing Aimee!

Originally posted on White Chocolate - Roller Skate Blog:

This past weekend was the annual 2Raw Spring Skate Jam. It’s the biggest late night skate party in Northern California and folks come out from all parts of the country to roll.

We had a few special guests in the house. The producers from the United Skates Documentary were doing a little filming. We also had “Queen of the South” Joi of the world-famous Atlanta Sk8-a-thon visiting us.

I stole this pic from my good friend Kai pictured here with Tina and Dyana, the United Skates film makers.

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I’m always so busy skating that I forget to take lots of photos and videos, but I wanted to share the few that I did take so you can check it out too.

Sigh. Just look at that beautiful wood floor…

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A rare gap in the action. (I just wanted to see that wood again. lol)

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Rollerdance man Richard Humphrey teaching his…

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William Onyeabor: Fantastic Man

Source: http://www.nowness.com/day/2014/1/24/3619/william-onyeabor-fantastic-man

William Onyeabor: Fantastic Man

New York Roller Dancers Skate to the Nigerian Synth Pioneer’s Swirling Beat

We just found this video and we loved it!

“We were looking for a group of individuals that had something otherworldly about them,” says musician and filmmaker Adam Bainbridge aka Kindness on the stars of today’s video for “Fantastic Man” by near-mythical psychedelic funk artist William Onyeabor. “I then remembered the energy, the sense of camaraderie and above all, the love of music of the Central Park skaters.” Co-directed with Camilla Wasserman, the joyous short spotlights the cosmic funk of the artist from Enugu, Nigeria, whose backstory is virtually unknown. After a prolific musical output in the 1980s, Onyeabor became a born-again Christian, refusing to talk about his past; one that may or may not have included a period studying film in the Soviet Union and setting up a recording studio, pressing plant and record label when he returned to Africa. “I found out that Damon Albarn was one of the few guys who was familiar with his music,” says Eric Welles-Nyström from Luaka Bop, the label founded by David Byrne and Yale Evelev that released last year’s critically lauded compilation, Who is William Onyeabor?. “It wasn’t until we spoke with Damon that it hit me how funny Onyeabor’s music can be. He told us how, after listening to the lyrics of ‘Fantastic Man’, he imagined Onyeabor’s behavior towards his lover—showering her with compliments all day long, he finally wants to get some love back.

Boogying down Broadway, roller dancer included!

© Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096688/Don-Cornelius-dead-Times-Square-flash-mob-pays-tribute-late-Soul-Train-creator.html

Boogying down Broadway: Times Square flash mob pays tribute to late Soul Train creator Don Cornelius

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

About 100 dancers descended on Times Square in a ‘flash mob’ organized through the Internet. As startled tourists looked on, they recreated one of the show’s ‘Soul Train lines’ in which people would take turns dancing toward a TV camera while showing off their most outrageous moves.

‘Don Cornelius was a big influence in my life, and I just wanted to pay tribute,’ said disc jockey Jon Quick, as he held up a speaker blasting disco grooves. ‘He was playing the music that nobody else wanted to play. He was an amazing man.’

Shake your groove thang: Participants of a Soul Train line flash mob make their way along the line during a tribute to Soul Train creator Don Cornelius Saturday
Shake your groove thang: Participants of a Soul Train line flash mob make their way along the line during a tribute to Soul Train creator Don Cornelius Saturday
Getting busy: One man dressed in an afro wig does a dance move as a man with a large boom bog watches in amusement in Times Square in New York
Getting busy: One man dressed in an afro wig does a dance move as a man with a large boom bog watches in amusement in Times Square in New York

Cornelius, 75, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday. He had suffered from health problems, a difficult divorce, and had pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour spousal battery charge in 2009.

But on Saturday fans praised Cornelius’ vision in creating, hosting and selling Soul Train to television stations that were originally sceptical about programming aimed at blacks.

The show aired from 1971 to 2006.

 

‘Don Cornelius brought soul to the whole world,’ said Ramona Hamm, 37, who came to Times Square with her 9-year-old daughter, Kayla Charles.

The dancers bounced down Broadway for about 45 minutes until police told the party to disperse.

Fancy footwork: A man in 1970s-style platform silver shows dances in the middle of the flash mob honoring Don Cornelius
Fancy footwork: A man in 1970s-style platform silver shows dances in the middle of the flash mob honoring Don Cornelius
Dance your heart out: Another participant dances in a glittery hat, shades, and roller skates

In Harlem, activist Al Sharpton led a tribute to Cornelius as part of the weekly community meeting at the headquarters of his National Action Network.

In 1974, a 19-year-old Sharpton appeared on ‘Soul Train’ to present an award to musician James Brown.

Singer Roberta Flack said Cornelius was an inspiration to other black performers and entrepreneurs.

‘He didn’t have a great big light telling him, `Go over here, don’t go over there, watch where you step, there’s a hole right there,” Flack said. ‘He stepped.’

Former ‘Soul Train’ dancer Tyrone Proctor recalled how he hid in the trunk of a friend’s car to get through the gates of the studio where ‘Soul Train’ was filmed in 1972. Cornelius liked his dance moves and let him stay, dubbing Proctor ‘The Bone’ because he was so skinny.

Heart and soul: Don Cornelius was heralded as an inspiration to other black performers and entrepreneurs
Heart and soul: Don Cornelius was heralded as an inspiration to other black performers and entrepreneurs

‘He turned us into stars,’ Proctor said. Moves that ‘Soul Train’ dancers developed spread nationwide and are now staples of music videos and pop concerts.

‘Blocking, popping, ticking, waacking, punking – when Madonna does what she does at the Super Bowl, you’ll see some of these things done there,’ Proctor said. ‘Don Cornelius created all of this. It came out of his mind.’

Fans recalled tuning in to see ‘Soul Train’s’ cartoon train chugging across their television screens. When Flack recalled Cornelius’ stiff-necked delivery, the Harlem crowd of about 300 people laughed knowingly.
William ‘A.J. Dynamite’ Aponte, a keyboard player, said he was ecstatic as a kid when his idol, Elton John, appeared on the show. He says the appearance showed that people of all races could find common ground in music.

‘He sang `Benny and the Jets,’ and I thought it was so great because Elton John is not black, he’s white and he’s British,’ Aponte said. ‘It influenced me to want to do music.’

Troubled end: Don Cornelius shot himself to death Wednesday morning, Feb. 1, 2012 at his home in Los Angeles, police said; he was 75
Troubled end: Don Cornelius shot himself to death Wednesday morning, Feb. 1, 2012 at his home in Los Angeles, police said; he was 75

Proctor said Cornelius was also generous. When Proctor won a car on ‘American Bandstand,’ ‘Soul Train’s’ competition, Cornelius paid the $334.25 in taxes so the struggling dancer could receive his award.

‘He wrote the check out and that was it, no questions asked. He just said, `Go get the car,” Proctor said.

Proctor and other speakers said they were shocked when they heard that Cornelius had committed suicide. Author Terrie Williams named other black performers who had killed themselves and said Cornelius’ death should be a warning for victims of depression to seek help.

‘One of the things that Don’s death brought us to is that we’ve got to look in the mirror before we end up in this kind of situation,’ Sharpton told the crowd.

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Urban Skate App

BCN Roller Dance lanza la aplicación “Urban Skate”, un proyecto de crowd mapping donde los patinadores reportan en el mapa buenos lugares y suelos urbanos para beneficio de todos. Hacemos un llamado a patinadores de línea, skaters, roller dancers, waveboarders, etc. de Barcelona o de cualquier parte del mundo para que lo probéis. Fase inicial en Android y por ahora en INGLÉS. * Si quieres ver algo en especial en este app, nos lo cuentas en los comentarios de Google Play

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BCN Roller Dance launches “Urban Skate” a crowd mapping project where skaters reports good places and pavements on the map for the benefit of all. We call on rollerbladers, skaters, roller dancers, waveboarders, etc. in Barcelona or anywhere in the world to try this. Initial phase in Android. ENGLISH for now. * Any features you would like to see, let us know in comments at Google Play.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.urbanskate.gather

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