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Newz Updated: Tuesday, February 27, 2024

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POSTED 2.12.24

LAS VEGAS, NV - On Sunday, February 11, in the 7 o’clock hour CST, Usher, dropped it, like the Super Bowl has not seen in years. He put on a spectacular performance with the flare and style that reflects the magic of the host city Las Vegas, but with an ATL twist.  The superstar performer put on a show highlighting his award-winning catalog of music that will rank in history as one of the best Super Bowl shows ever. The performance was star-studded with entertainers, including Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Lil Jon, and H.E.R with the icing on the cake being the addition of our skate community performing together with Usher on stage, making this show like none other. Throughout less than 15 minute window, Usher managed to strip from a full costume down to pants and shoes before he magically appeared blazing in black and blue with skates on.  The skaters provided an opening for his dynamic entrance to the stage, showing the world that yes, we roll and we roll hard. Our skate family did a fantastic job and we should all be so proud. Congratulations to all the skaters:  Sydney Blalock, Ms. Kamille, Bobby West, Ashley, Carlae, Dylan Morton, DayDay, Bianca Slim, Ant Lava and Sean Christopher Freeman who choreographed the performance. You were phenomenal. May you be blessed with many more opportunities to come and may your performance open doors for others to share the spotlight and let the world know how we roll.  And last but definitely not least, thank you #Usher, for all that you have done with and for the skate community.  Your love for this art form shines bright in every performance.

Show the skate family some love at @laezi @idance_solo @b.fluent_ @crystal.alysia @sydblaylock @t__sm0ove @mssskamille @dylan__morton @ant_lava @king_bobby24 @dr.Lia.b @ashleyimani @Usher #SuperBowl, #BlackExcellence #BlackHistoryMonth

More on skate-related content on streaming on television coming soon.


The writing of this article is based on information gathered after the Super Bowl from multiple sources, if there were any names of skaters who performed inadvertently admitted or erroneous, please feel free to send me an email and let me know and a revision will be posted.

New Party Announcement

Rolling in the Carolinas 2024
POSTED 2.11.24

CHARLOTTE, NC –  Are you ready to Spring into one of the largest skate jams of the year?  Get ready to roll, March 14-17 in Charlotte at the 2024 Rolling in the Carolinas Skate Jam. Four awesome nights of skating starting with a warm-up roll on Thursday, Roll Call Night on Friday, the main event on Saturday will “Make You Sweet” and then put the “Nail in the Coffin” on Sunday with the final skate.   The weekend also includes a Pre-RITC Social, a Meet and Greet, Hip Hop Edition Party and a Fish Fry.  Eight DJs are on the lineup including DJ D Smooth, DJ Joe Greene, DJ Joe Bowen, DJ Dream, DJ Arson, DJ Freestyle, DJ Soulnificent, and DJ Brian.  You must have your own skates to roll as there will be no skate rentals.
Rolling in the Carolinas 2024

26th Annual Super Skating Extravaganza
POSTED 2.4.24

ST. LOUIS, MO  –  The St. Louis Skills on Wheels Skate Club is hosting its 26th annual Super Skating Extravaganza, April 26-28th, 2024.  Join the crew and get your roll on at the longest running skate party 1996 to present.  Skate Friday at Coachlite Skate Center, Saturday at the Armory and Sunday at Skate King.  The DJ lineup includes DJ Jerry, DJ Bounce, DJ Teezie, and DJ Joe Bowen. There will also be a Skate Workshop and Meet and Greet on Saturday. Book your room now at the special group rate before the block closes.
26th Annual Super Skating Extravaganza

POSTED 1.26.24

ATLANTA, GA  –  Jam the weekend of April 18-20 in the ATL at the AJAX 12 Skate Jam Weekend.  Friday April 18 is Jersey Night at Cascade hosed by the Cascade Dream Team from 8 PM until 12 AM.  Saturday is the Pajama Warm up at Golden Glide hosted by Sidewayz Sk8 Club featuring a tribute to DJ T Smooth starting at 11:30 PM with DJs Tootz, Flyy and Jazz.  Sunday will be the House Party Main Event at Skate Zone with DJ Ham.  Wear your AJAX Gear.  Then on Sunday Night come to the ATL vs. Skate World Cascade starting at 8 PM with DJs Brian and Yoga.  Admission ranges from $10 - $14 per event.

"We Ain't Foolin'" Total Eclipse Skate Weekend
POSTED 1.25.24

BUFFALO, NY  –  Did you know April 8th there will be a TOTAL ECLIPSE and one of the best places to see it is Buffalo New York?

Well 716 Rollers Annual "We Ain't Foolin* Skate Jam, will be a Total Eclipse SKATE WEEKEND!

Tickets on are available for purchase on Eventbrite 

ViP Tickets will be available in addition to Early Bird Specials and a 50/50 and more!

Did we say we have one of Atlanta’s hottest DJs on Saturday at the main event? ROLL Back to the 90's and 2000’s with DJ HAM and DJ ReadyRobb. 

Friday, we have a Skate Legend God's Wife, aka DJ Heart n Soul spinning for Big Energy Night with Trains, Trios and Roller line dance, with DJ EZ ED .

Shine the Light on em!!! Let's go it's lit lit!

Wear your Total Eclipse gear on Friday and Saturday it's 90's attire!

Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite or see any 716 Roller.

A limited block of discounted hotel rooms can be reserved at the Sleep Inn Buffalo Airport for $149.00 per night. Book your room now

#totaleclipseweekend #716Rollers #BuffaloNY #LetsgoBuffalo #716 #Skatelyfe
Total Eclipse Skate Weekend

1st Annual Stikki Roll Weekend
POSTED 1.24.24

ATLANTA, GA  –  Come to Sparkles in Smyrna the weekend of March 29-31 for the first annual Stikki Roll Weekend.  Friday is Grown and Sexy Night featuring DJ Master Toby and DJ Ham.  Saturday, Rep Your Community by displaying your city, state or area code.  Sunday, stikk around for the Stikki Roll Appreciation Night event with DJ Killa B wearing your Stikki Roll T-shirts.  All events are cash only at the door.
Stikki Roll Skate Jam Weekend


Mar 10, Atlanta, GA
11th Annual "Old School" Skate Jam

Mar 14-18, Charlotte, NC
Rolling in the Carolinas

Weekly & Monthly Calendar


Sparkles Skating Rink
Sparkles Smyrna Limitless Skate 1st Thursdays
Sparkles Smyrna Adult Skate Sundays

Cascade Skating Rink
Wednesday Night Adult Session
Friday Late Night Skate Adult Session
Saturday Sip and Skate
Sunday Night Adult Session

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11th Annual Old School Skate Jam

ATLANTA, GA  –  The ATL Original Sk8rs are hosting their 11th Annual Skate Jam, Western Style.  Wear your Cowboy hats, boots, leather, and fringes as you hit the skate floor starting at 7:00 PM on Sunday, March 10, 2024.  This event is hosted by Lady Tee and Kojak, featuring special guest, Black Koffee.  It all goes down at Sparkles Smyrna in the ATL.

Feb 22 - Stephanie "Lil Bitt" Goode, Cleveland, OH
Feb 22 - Rose Marie, Atlanta, GA bwo Harrisburg, PA  
Feb 23 - Kay Head, Chicago, IL
Feb 23 – Meme Warren, ATL/Nashville
Feb 24 – Dillon Volk, Columbus, OH

Mar 1 - Deondra "D-Truth" Arline, JB Inc. Skate Crew, Little Rock, AR
Mar 3 - Isi aka Sxy Blk, Dyme Rollers, Columbus, OH
Mar 3 - Peach Brooks, Skateology, Columbus, OH
Mar 5 – Richard “Skate Boy” Hunter, Jr., Texarkana
Mar 6 - Nicole "Nikki-Boo", 504 Rollerz, New Orleans, LA
Mar 7 - Mike "Diddy" Giles, VA Skate Connection, Petersburg, VA
Mar 11 - Charles Hall, Savannah, GA
Mar 11 - Robin Riz Pryor, Philly, PA
Mar 11 - E. Charlie Marsh aka "Chollywood", GSFE, Akron, OH
Mar 13 - “Diego” Al Littlejohn, San Diego, CA
Mar 13 – Loretta Joes aka “Sweet-N-Low”, Bronx, NY
Mar 14 - Robert "Eazzy" Epstine Slowwalkerz Philadelphia, PA
Mar 14 - Emmitt "D-Town" Grant of CCP (Crowd Cutta Productions)
Mar 16 – Dana Dane, Cleveland, OH
Mar 16 – Neicy, Washington, DC
Mar 17 - Dar Gor from Philly Diva's
Mar 18 - Yu'Londa "Rico's Girl" Matthews, Cincinnati bwo Raleigh, NC
Mar 20 – Karen Willis, MD bwo S. Jersey
Mar 20 - Damon "Dash", KCMO
Mar 21 - Pebblez, Ladies of Ruff Rollerz, DC/MD
Mar 21 – Kevin and Kenny Mack, Inner City Rollers, DC/MD
Mar 23 – Edith Ward, Kupkake, Carolina Cruisers
Mar 26 - Glenn Carr, OL' SKooL, Lou, KY
Mar 29 - Xandria "BEIJING" Slay-Watkins
Mar 29 - Kenny “Stepquick” Eaddy, Solid Gold Skaters, Columbus, OH
Mar 30 – Zena Ray, aka Zee, Camden, NJ
Mar 31 - April Lassiter, Sophisticated Lady, Skatemasters USA, KC, Kansas
Mar 31 – Darryl Meadows, Pittsburgh Steel City Rollers¸ Pittsburgh, PA
Mar 31 – Steve McGee, Columbus Pearlers, Columbus, OH

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What's with BOB?

PHOENIX, AZ – SkateGroove is introducing something new, the BOB designation.  You may have noticed some of the rinks on the Rink Link pages and some businesses have the letters BOB next to their company name.  The BOB notates this is a Black Owned Business.  Please check your state’s page and if you see a rink that you can confirm is BOB, please send an email with that information to Desi at  In addition, if you know of any Hispanic (HOB) or Female Owned (FOB) that information is also being requested.

Thank you.


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Roll in Peace

NATIONWIDE – Hello SkateGroovers.  It is not widely known but since 2003, to preserve our history, SkateGroove has been keeping a database of beloved skaters who are no longer rolling with us.  There are many skaters not listed and I would like to ask for your assistance.  If have a loved one, family, friend or someone you rolled with that is not included on this list, please send an email with the skater’s first and last name, skate name/club/organization, date of passing (if known), city and state.  Here is a link to those names already collected.


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