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How Jahmir Brown Survived a Road Trip Into Trump Country

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Jahmir Brown’s media profile continues to grow via an interview with Jenkem, which dropped today. It’s his most candid Q&A yet, and gives some solid insight into his trials and tribulations while coming up in Philly. It also illustrates how the divided nation has subtly impacted things that we’ve previously taken for granted, like road trips to remote areas.

On skate trips recently have you guys run into any anti-mask people, Trump fanboys, or COVID denying weirdos at grocery stores or gas stations?

I was so scared on the Bronze trip. That was my first road trip actually for a company and not just with a group of homies. It was really weird because we went on an upstate trip to New York and then we went to State College, PA and linked with Jake Johnson. So everywhere we went was just Trump flag, Trump flag, Trump flag, Trump flag, no mask, Trump flag, no mask, Trump flag. And I’m just like, fuck, bro.

This kid Dougie and I were the only black people on the trip, and I’m older than he is, so I’m feeling like I’m looking out for him, but also I don’t really have anyone who’s black and older than me to look out for me. So I’m like, “Fuck, bro, this is sketch.” So everywhere we go, I’m just telling the homies, “Bro, don’t leave me. If I want to go to the store, I need you to come by my side. I don’t feel comfortable. There’s a lot of people getting lynched out here, bro. I’m in a place that I don’t know.”

I was a little nervous for my life. I just took the precautions to keep my mask on, always sanitize, and just keep a trusted friend that was Caucasian nearby. Everyone on that trip looked after me, and they made sure that I felt very comfortable. And even when I wasn’t comfortable at all, I felt safe because of them.

Read the entire interview here.

Image Via Mike Heikkila / Jenkem

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‘Good Work’ Episode Features Lisa Whitaker and Meow Skateboards

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Skater Lisa Whitaker narrated how she started Meow Skateboards in this episode of “Good Work”.

She also related how she got introduced to skateboarding and how she founded Girls Skate Network in 2003.

Whitaker started her skateboard company in 2012. Now, Meow has more than a dozen talents including Vanessa Torres, Mariah Duran and Kristin Ebeling.

“Lisa has always been the catalyst for women skateboarding”, says Torres who was one of the first skaters to join Meow’s roster.

Produced by Red Bull, the Good Work series features skater-owned and operated businesses.

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Monster Energy’s Aspire-Inspire Episode Features Mami Tezuka

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Get to know more about Mami Tezuka in this episode of Aspire-Inspire by Monster Energy.

Surrounded by skaters growing up, Mami showed interest in skateboarding at around the age of three.

She started participating in competitions abroad in 2017. In 2021, she won silver in the X Games Women’s Skateboarding part. She landed third place in X Games Chiba 2022.

Fellow Monster Energy rider and friend Lizzie Armanto describes Mami as easy-going, fun to be around, and inspiring. “When I’m around her, I want to push myself better,”

Tezuka admits that she enjoys filming video parts more enjoyable than participating in contests.

“Competition is kind of stressful for me”, Mami said. But added that she does enjoy seeing everyone at contests.

“Filming part is more fun for me…it doesn’t to be hard, tricky trick, but you can see the style and progress of the skating”, explained Mami.

I want to inspire girl skaters and young people. Do what you love and then don’t be afraid to be yourself.

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Aspire-Inspire is a mini-documentary series by Monster Energy. Previous episodes featured Aurelien Giraud, Kelvin Hoefler, Rune Glifberg, Ayumu Hirano, Nyjah Huston, and Matt Berger.

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The Nine Club Features Elliot Sloan

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Elliot Sloan narrated how he injured his neck while doing a 900 and his other worst slams on the ramp in this episode of The Nine Club podcast.

He also talked about getting into vert and then mega ramp, building his own vert and mini mega ramp in his own backyard, and hosting the X Games in his backyard among other things in the two-hour podcast.

Sloan is a four-time X Games Big Air gold medalist. In the recent X Games held in his backyard, he landed second place in the debut of the Mega Ramp category and first in the Skateboard Vert Best Trick.

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