Vans Middle East spotlights face behind Saudi’s emerging skate scene

Jeddah-based skateboarder Ali Bin Mahfouz stars in new Vans Middle East video. (Instagram)
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Updated 19 February 2020

Vans Middle East spotlights face behind Saudi’s emerging skate scene

DUBAI: Vans Middle East has just unveiled the second installment of its “Keys to the Kingdom” video series, which highlights the emerging skateboard culture in Saudi Arabia. The first video was shared via the cult streetwear brand’s YouTube page in December.

The sequel is a four-minute-long clip that stars young Jeddah-based skateboarder Ali Bin Mahfouz, who opens up about his involvement in the subculture and the ways he sees the scene evolving.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“For a long time, we’ve been searching for a place to express our love for skating,” he shared in the video.

“I saw some skateboarding videos on YouTube and I noticed it wasn’t something done regularly in my community, so I decided to build my own rails, funbox and mini ramps and learnt how to use it myself,” he explained, sharing that he searched all of Jeddah for a skateboard to no avail before ultimately purchasing one online.

“I am positive that having a skatepark will bring everyone together,” noted Bin Mahfouz, who revealed the obstacles he faced when it came to finding a place to skate freely.  “Even the people who don’t know about skateboarding, they are welcome to watch and learn about what we’re doing.”

Watch the full video below. 

 


US rapper Kanye West to pay college tuition for George Floyd’s daughter

Kanye West has also donated $2 million toward helping fund the families and legal teams contesting the deaths of African Americans Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. (AFP)
Updated 05 June 2020

US rapper Kanye West to pay college tuition for George Floyd’s daughter

DUBAI: US rapper Kanye West on Thursday pledged to set up a college fund for the daughter of George Floyd, the African American who died at the hands of police.

Floyd’s longtime friend and former NBA (National Basketball Association) star Stephen Jackson shared a touching video this week on Instagram of Floyd’s daughter Gianna being carried on her uncle’s shoulders, smiling, and saying, “Daddy changed the world.”

 

According to CNN, father-of-four, West, has also donated $2 million toward helping fund the families and legal teams contesting the deaths of African Americans Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, and supporting black-owned businesses in crisis in his native Chicago and other cities.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Over recent days, the streets of New York, Los Angeles, London, Toronto, Paris, and more have witnessed celebrities and influencers standing together in solidarity with black communities.  

 

 

Meanwhile, other stars, such as 42-year-old West, have taken to their social media platforms to demand justice and draw attention to various organizations which help low-income protesters pay bail, or donation pages that directly benefit the family members of victims.

 

Earlier this week, Iraqi-American beauty entrepreneur Huda Kattan and actors Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds donated a hefty sum amid the #BlackLivesMatter protests.