Black Dave: Banned From B.E.T.

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We chose to showcase the latter half of Black Donald Trump’s job description.

Since most recent Zoo York video outings have been montage-oriented, and most recent Black Dave video outings have been young black entrepenuer-oriented, we mixed up his skate video appearances from the past ~two years into one convenient part. Filmed by R.B. Umali and Rob Harris. Guest tricks by Yaje Popson, Emilio Cuilan, Stephan Martinez and Kevin Tierney. Music by the best New York posse song of its time. Have a good weekend.

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P.S. February is Black History Month, so it should be noted that the video above isn’t the only “remixed” video part by an exceptional African American skateboarder to go online today.

An Interview With Black Dave

As we approach the end of the year, the Quartersnacks Rap Desk‘s vote for “Rapper of the Year” is torn between 2 Chainz, Future, and Black Dave. On Monday night, Dave performed at some random lounge in the Financial District (appropriately a block away from C.I.A. Ledge…it wouldn’t be right if it wasn’t next to a skate spot), as an opening act for some members of ASAP Rocky’s crew. This performance may be the tie-breaker that puts Dave ahead of the competition. Torey Goodall claimed that “watching Black Dave perform was like that last scene in The Karate Kid where he kicks everyone’s ass.” Switch Mike equated the event to seeing your own child accomplish something great. Taji Ameen interviewed Dave and was kind enough to send it our way.

Photos and Words by Taji Ameen

So what the hell were you thinking when you decided to dress up in a suit and call yourself The Black Donald Trump?

I have a lot of ideas going on in my head that I’ve been trying to expand on. The whole reason I decided to enter the music world was to release them for people to see and have a good laugh to. I’ve been skateboarding for nine years and it has been a great way to express myself, but with music I can show a bit more of my humor and personality. Being The Black Donald Trump consists of balling out on a budget, missing cabs, going to the chicken spot, drinking 40s, and smoking blunts on your homie’s roof.

Yeah, we have seen Heath Kirchart and Jeremy Klein skate in suits in Birdhouse’s The End, but never Black Donald Trump shredding Tribeca in one. What is the story behind that baller-ass suit?

Well I called myself the Black Donald Trump because I’ve always seen myself as an entrepreneur, which just makes the suit necessary for the video. I needed a fucking wig, but I blew it, and couldn’t find one in time. His crazy hair style wouldn’t work too well while I was skating anyway.

The video kind of reminded me of Harold Hunter raps from old Zoo York videos. I was backing that.

I most definitely look up to Harold Hunter as a New York legend, as a role model in a way. Not only because he was a great skater, but he had a successful career in acting at a young age with his role in Kids, and that’s something I always wanted to be, a well-rounded person who did it all, and had a damn good time while doing it.

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125th Street & Black Donald Trump Boulevard

Quartersnacks will soon begin petitioning the city in hopes of changing the Harlem stretch of Seventh Avenue from Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, to Black Donald Trump Boulevard, similar to a ten-year-old HBO initiative of renaming Crossbay Boulevard in Howard Beach to Tupac Shakur Boulevard.

Congratulations to the crew at KCDC on their ten years of business. The shop was featured in the Times this past weekend. The article is kind of corny, but non-corny mainstream media articles about skateboarding are few and far between.

Flushing, Queens, home of the largest post-Hurricane Irene sidewalk bump.

Leo Gutman is one of the best skateboarders in New York. Here’s a sick photo of him doing a frontside 180.

Roctakon was nominated for a Paper magazine “Nightlife Award.” He has a better 360 flip than anyone else nominated for the “Best DJ” category, so there’s no reason he shouldn’t win.

Mike’s Hard Lemonade, fool.” Early footage of Loose Trucks Max, cameos from Young M Dot Davis, and other clips of interest.

Some scans of a circa 2001 Mass Appeal article about Supreme. The bandana boards and Autumn’s Bradley “Demon Child” shirt are the two New York skate shop artifacts most in need of a re-issue.

Random Footage Bits: “Made in America” by Two Hawks Young, Richmond, VA crew ripping around the city (includes what’s probably the first non-rollerblade trick on that black kinked rail between Battery Park and Battery Park City.)

Below is a compilation clip of largely unreleased footage filmed by Jimmy Marketti throughout the past few years. Features a high volume of noteworthy New York skateboard personalities. And Shawn Powers engaging in a one-sided conversation with an inanimate object.

It’s strange that Brandon Westgate didn’t include YC and Future in his “Top 5 Bands” section for his Focus 10 Top 5’s.

!!!12th & A Update!!!: It’s not “completely done for,” as many have said, just closed for an undetermined amount of time while they figure some things out. Go skate a “real” spot.

Quote of the Week: “Ty, do you think Supreme would be down to put an ATM in front of the shop?” — Fat Billy From Spring Street

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