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In Baltimore's street skateboarding scene, young black men find refuge, stability

In Baltimore's street skateboarding scene, young black men find refuge, stability

On a gloomy Sunday evening, the patter of torrential rain, rumble of wheels and clank of skateboards hitting concrete fill the entrance of a parking garage on South Charles Street.

Amid the grunts and howls of exasperated young men trying to master tricks, Jamone Mckenzie, 20, glides, crouches, then leans the ball of his back foot into his skateboard.

He jumps, and the skateboard flips in the air underneath him. Then, with perfect timing, his feet touch the board as its wheels land.

Mckenzie is part of a burgeoning community of black street skateboarders in Baltimore who gather daily to master their craft. Many say they have found refuge, community and stability in...

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