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The nation of ‘Skateistan’

is a place that might be worth your time to explore

1:15 PM“Skateboarding has taught me to believe in myself and to overcome challenges that at first seemed impossible.”

Those are the words of a kid in the latest commercial from “Skateistan,” a nonprofit organization that works with kids in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa to empower children through the world of skateboarding. Why do we highlight activism operations around here so much? Because they’re on the ground floor of a movement to globalize the sport and ultimately help people of color achieve.

What you’re going to see in this video isn’t high-flying pros deftly handling rails and ramps all over some exotic city. You’ll see young kids, including girls, thankfully, trying and achieving the most basic of tricks. As a young person, nailing one of those can be a rather inspirational building block when it comes to learning the value of perseverance. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk lends his face to this effort, as well, in case you were wondering if it’s legit.

Overall, skating is fun. But it’s also an industry and a business that, when powers are used for good, can ultimately create a world where kids feel they accomplish more than what their typical lot in life may have initially shown them.

Daily Dose: 7/15/16

Philando Castile was laid to rest in Minnesota

1:15 PM“Skateboarding has taught me to believe in myself and to overcome challenges that at first seemed impossible.”

Those are the words of a kid in the latest commercial from “Skateistan,” a nonprofit organization that works with kids in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa to empower children through the world of skateboarding. Why do we highlight activism operations around here so much? Because they’re on the ground floor of a movement to globalize the sport and ultimately help people of color achieve.

What you’re going to see in this video isn’t high-flying pros deftly handling rails and ramps all over some exotic city. You’ll see young kids, including girls, thankfully, trying and achieving the most basic of tricks. As a young person, nailing one of those can be a rather inspirational building block when it comes to learning the value of perseverance. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk lends his face to this effort, as well, in case you were wondering if it’s legit.

Overall, skating is fun. But it’s also an industry and a business that, when powers are used for good, can ultimately create a world where kids feel they accomplish more than what their typical lot in life may have initially shown them.

Wendy Williams apologizes

to Roland Martin and the public for her negative comments about HBCUs and the NAACP

1:15 PM“Skateboarding has taught me to believe in myself and to overcome challenges that at first seemed impossible.”

Those are the words of a kid in the latest commercial from “Skateistan,” a nonprofit organization that works with kids in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa to empower children through the world of skateboarding. Why do we highlight activism operations around here so much? Because they’re on the ground floor of a movement to globalize the sport and ultimately help people of color achieve.

What you’re going to see in this video isn’t high-flying pros deftly handling rails and ramps all over some exotic city. You’ll see young kids, including girls, thankfully, trying and achieving the most basic of tricks. As a young person, nailing one of those can be a rather inspirational building block when it comes to learning the value of perseverance. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk lends his face to this effort, as well, in case you were wondering if it’s legit.

Overall, skating is fun. But it’s also an industry and a business that, when powers are used for good, can ultimately create a world where kids feel they accomplish more than what their typical lot in life may have initially shown them.

Daily Dose: 7/14/16

Tim Scott, a U.S. senator, gets picked on by police, too

1:15 PM“Skateboarding has taught me to believe in myself and to overcome challenges that at first seemed impossible.”

Those are the words of a kid in the latest commercial from “Skateistan,” a nonprofit organization that works with kids in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa to empower children through the world of skateboarding. Why do we highlight activism operations around here so much? Because they’re on the ground floor of a movement to globalize the sport and ultimately help people of color achieve.

What you’re going to see in this video isn’t high-flying pros deftly handling rails and ramps all over some exotic city. You’ll see young kids, including girls, thankfully, trying and achieving the most basic of tricks. As a young person, nailing one of those can be a rather inspirational building block when it comes to learning the value of perseverance. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk lends his face to this effort, as well, in case you were wondering if it’s legit.

Overall, skating is fun. But it’s also an industry and a business that, when powers are used for good, can ultimately create a world where kids feel they accomplish more than what their typical lot in life may have initially shown them.

ESPYS

ESPYS opening number makes major statement

A more serious tone comes over the awards show in 2016

1:15 PM“Skateboarding has taught me to believe in myself and to overcome challenges that at first seemed impossible.”

Those are the words of a kid in the latest commercial from “Skateistan,” a nonprofit organization that works with kids in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa to empower children through the world of skateboarding. Why do we highlight activism operations around here so much? Because they’re on the ground floor of a movement to globalize the sport and ultimately help people of color achieve.

What you’re going to see in this video isn’t high-flying pros deftly handling rails and ramps all over some exotic city. You’ll see young kids, including girls, thankfully, trying and achieving the most basic of tricks. As a young person, nailing one of those can be a rather inspirational building block when it comes to learning the value of perseverance. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk lends his face to this effort, as well, in case you were wondering if it’s legit.

Overall, skating is fun. But it’s also an industry and a business that, when powers are used for good, can ultimately create a world where kids feel they accomplish more than what their typical lot in life may have initially shown them.

Stephen Curry’s basketball camps

Is he really deciding how much each camper pays?

1:15 PM“Skateboarding has taught me to believe in myself and to overcome challenges that at first seemed impossible.”

Those are the words of a kid in the latest commercial from “Skateistan,” a nonprofit organization that works with kids in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa to empower children through the world of skateboarding. Why do we highlight activism operations around here so much? Because they’re on the ground floor of a movement to globalize the sport and ultimately help people of color achieve.

What you’re going to see in this video isn’t high-flying pros deftly handling rails and ramps all over some exotic city. You’ll see young kids, including girls, thankfully, trying and achieving the most basic of tricks. As a young person, nailing one of those can be a rather inspirational building block when it comes to learning the value of perseverance. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk lends his face to this effort, as well, in case you were wondering if it’s legit.

Overall, skating is fun. But it’s also an industry and a business that, when powers are used for good, can ultimately create a world where kids feel they accomplish more than what their typical lot in life may have initially shown them.

Daily Dose: 7/13/16

Live from the ESPYS in Los Angeles … after Tuesday’s recap

1:15 PM“Skateboarding has taught me to believe in myself and to overcome challenges that at first seemed impossible.”

Those are the words of a kid in the latest commercial from “Skateistan,” a nonprofit organization that works with kids in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa to empower children through the world of skateboarding. Why do we highlight activism operations around here so much? Because they’re on the ground floor of a movement to globalize the sport and ultimately help people of color achieve.

What you’re going to see in this video isn’t high-flying pros deftly handling rails and ramps all over some exotic city. You’ll see young kids, including girls, thankfully, trying and achieving the most basic of tricks. As a young person, nailing one of those can be a rather inspirational building block when it comes to learning the value of perseverance. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk lends his face to this effort, as well, in case you were wondering if it’s legit.

Overall, skating is fun. But it’s also an industry and a business that, when powers are used for good, can ultimately create a world where kids feel they accomplish more than what their typical lot in life may have initially shown them.

Welcome to the ESPYS

Where Los Angeles stays the same, but the sports world brings its ‘A’ game

1:15 PM“Skateboarding has taught me to believe in myself and to overcome challenges that at first seemed impossible.”

Those are the words of a kid in the latest commercial from “Skateistan,” a nonprofit organization that works with kids in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa to empower children through the world of skateboarding. Why do we highlight activism operations around here so much? Because they’re on the ground floor of a movement to globalize the sport and ultimately help people of color achieve.

What you’re going to see in this video isn’t high-flying pros deftly handling rails and ramps all over some exotic city. You’ll see young kids, including girls, thankfully, trying and achieving the most basic of tricks. As a young person, nailing one of those can be a rather inspirational building block when it comes to learning the value of perseverance. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk lends his face to this effort, as well, in case you were wondering if it’s legit.

Overall, skating is fun. But it’s also an industry and a business that, when powers are used for good, can ultimately create a world where kids feel they accomplish more than what their typical lot in life may have initially shown them.

Rich Homie Quan had one job

… and he blew it

1:15 PM“Skateboarding has taught me to believe in myself and to overcome challenges that at first seemed impossible.”

Those are the words of a kid in the latest commercial from “Skateistan,” a nonprofit organization that works with kids in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa to empower children through the world of skateboarding. Why do we highlight activism operations around here so much? Because they’re on the ground floor of a movement to globalize the sport and ultimately help people of color achieve.

What you’re going to see in this video isn’t high-flying pros deftly handling rails and ramps all over some exotic city. You’ll see young kids, including girls, thankfully, trying and achieving the most basic of tricks. As a young person, nailing one of those can be a rather inspirational building block when it comes to learning the value of perseverance. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk lends his face to this effort, as well, in case you were wondering if it’s legit.

Overall, skating is fun. But it’s also an industry and a business that, when powers are used for good, can ultimately create a world where kids feel they accomplish more than what their typical lot in life may have initially shown them.

Daily Dose: 7/12/16

President Obama to speak at service today for five slain Dallas police officers

1:15 PM“Skateboarding has taught me to believe in myself and to overcome challenges that at first seemed impossible.”

Those are the words of a kid in the latest commercial from “Skateistan,” a nonprofit organization that works with kids in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa to empower children through the world of skateboarding. Why do we highlight activism operations around here so much? Because they’re on the ground floor of a movement to globalize the sport and ultimately help people of color achieve.

What you’re going to see in this video isn’t high-flying pros deftly handling rails and ramps all over some exotic city. You’ll see young kids, including girls, thankfully, trying and achieving the most basic of tricks. As a young person, nailing one of those can be a rather inspirational building block when it comes to learning the value of perseverance. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk lends his face to this effort, as well, in case you were wondering if it’s legit.

Overall, skating is fun. But it’s also an industry and a business that, when powers are used for good, can ultimately create a world where kids feel they accomplish more than what their typical lot in life may have initially shown them.

Draymond Green arrested in Michigan

The 26-year-old NBA forward was released on bond after an altercation at a restaurant

1:15 PM“Skateboarding has taught me to believe in myself and to overcome challenges that at first seemed impossible.”

Those are the words of a kid in the latest commercial from “Skateistan,” a nonprofit organization that works with kids in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa to empower children through the world of skateboarding. Why do we highlight activism operations around here so much? Because they’re on the ground floor of a movement to globalize the sport and ultimately help people of color achieve.

What you’re going to see in this video isn’t high-flying pros deftly handling rails and ramps all over some exotic city. You’ll see young kids, including girls, thankfully, trying and achieving the most basic of tricks. As a young person, nailing one of those can be a rather inspirational building block when it comes to learning the value of perseverance. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk lends his face to this effort, as well, in case you were wondering if it’s legit.

Overall, skating is fun. But it’s also an industry and a business that, when powers are used for good, can ultimately create a world where kids feel they accomplish more than what their typical lot in life may have initially shown them.

WNBA teams pay tribute to tragedies

But some teams took a different approach than others

1:15 PM“Skateboarding has taught me to believe in myself and to overcome challenges that at first seemed impossible.”

Those are the words of a kid in the latest commercial from “Skateistan,” a nonprofit organization that works with kids in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa to empower children through the world of skateboarding. Why do we highlight activism operations around here so much? Because they’re on the ground floor of a movement to globalize the sport and ultimately help people of color achieve.

What you’re going to see in this video isn’t high-flying pros deftly handling rails and ramps all over some exotic city. You’ll see young kids, including girls, thankfully, trying and achieving the most basic of tricks. As a young person, nailing one of those can be a rather inspirational building block when it comes to learning the value of perseverance. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk lends his face to this effort, as well, in case you were wondering if it’s legit.

Overall, skating is fun. But it’s also an industry and a business that, when powers are used for good, can ultimately create a world where kids feel they accomplish more than what their typical lot in life may have initially shown them.

UEFA’s Euro 2016 final was blacker than ever

Which is no surprise, considering who hosted it

1:15 PM“Skateboarding has taught me to believe in myself and to overcome challenges that at first seemed impossible.”

Those are the words of a kid in the latest commercial from “Skateistan,” a nonprofit organization that works with kids in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa to empower children through the world of skateboarding. Why do we highlight activism operations around here so much? Because they’re on the ground floor of a movement to globalize the sport and ultimately help people of color achieve.

What you’re going to see in this video isn’t high-flying pros deftly handling rails and ramps all over some exotic city. You’ll see young kids, including girls, thankfully, trying and achieving the most basic of tricks. As a young person, nailing one of those can be a rather inspirational building block when it comes to learning the value of perseverance. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk lends his face to this effort, as well, in case you were wondering if it’s legit.

Overall, skating is fun. But it’s also an industry and a business that, when powers are used for good, can ultimately create a world where kids feel they accomplish more than what their typical lot in life may have initially shown them.

Daily Dose: 7/11/16

Protests continue throughout the weekend

1:15 PM“Skateboarding has taught me to believe in myself and to overcome challenges that at first seemed impossible.”

Those are the words of a kid in the latest commercial from “Skateistan,” a nonprofit organization that works with kids in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa to empower children through the world of skateboarding. Why do we highlight activism operations around here so much? Because they’re on the ground floor of a movement to globalize the sport and ultimately help people of color achieve.

What you’re going to see in this video isn’t high-flying pros deftly handling rails and ramps all over some exotic city. You’ll see young kids, including girls, thankfully, trying and achieving the most basic of tricks. As a young person, nailing one of those can be a rather inspirational building block when it comes to learning the value of perseverance. Skateboarding legend Tony Hawk lends his face to this effort, as well, in case you were wondering if it’s legit.

Overall, skating is fun. But it’s also an industry and a business that, when powers are used for good, can ultimately create a world where kids feel they accomplish more than what their typical lot in life may have initially shown them.