Why African American roller skating culture is under siege

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A scene from “United Skates.” Photo courtesy of HBO.

World on Wheels is a roller skating rink on Venice Blvd in Mid City. It was closed for years, and that meant the end to local African American skate culture. On certain nights, called “adult nights,” black people created a vibrant scene at this roller rink. They developed elaborate dance moves as they skated. In the 80s, rappers like Queen Latifah and Dr. Dre performed. The story of black roller skating culture is the focus of the new HBO documentary “United Skates.”


Dyana Winkler - co-director of “United Skates”, Phelicia Wright - roller skater

Madeleine Brand

Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Yael Even Or, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Caitlin Plummer, Adriana Cargill