In a way, White America’s fascination with Black skateboarders harks back to Pharrell‘s N.E.R.D. days and the subsequent dawn of a new cool in hip-hop; when Roca-Wear was replaced by Ralph Lauren, when boom-bap shifted towards the bleeps and bloops of the Neptunes sound. A new documentary feature from director Marquis Bradshaw, The Blackboard, strives to provide an intimate lens into the world of skateboarding and the black men and women that now call the sport home despite its inherent whiteness and stereotype-ness.
Starring professional skaters Jabari Pendleton, Karl Watson, and Ron Allen — who was one of the very first black skaters to secure corporate sponsorships and endorsement deals — the film will also delve into issues of acceptance within the black community, challenging identity, culture and knowledge of one self along the way. And while no official release date has been set just yet, the trailer proves to be a gripping one and is available for you to see just below. Press play want watch as some of the most distinguished skateboarders of our day tell their tale. Check back for updates on the film in the weeks and months ahead.