Stepping into Black History Month!
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Hello Zoni’s! As promised, we have something very special for you this February! In honor of black history month we will be casting a spotlight to black skaters in our community! Roller Skating is so deeply enriched in the black community. We hope to not only continue preserving skate culture but also spread education during this month’s celebration.

Check out Aysha’s video interview on YouTube here or read on below!

Are you ready!? We are kicking off this month’s spotlight with an amazing woman. She’s an educator, an athlete and ooo girl she knows how to ROCK some magenta lip gloss! Aysha Williams! 

I am so grateful to have had the privilege of interviewing this beautiful queen. Some of you may know her as @rollersk8queen on Instagram, but I can’t wait to share with you all what makes her truly unique on a deeper level. Let’s get Rollin’

Hey aysha! Tell us all about yourself! 

Hi! My name is Aysha Williams, I’m from New York and I am also known as rollersk8queen on instagram! I am actually a math teacher! I teach middle school math for 8th grade, and teach in the same city I was born and raised in so I love that I can give back to the same community. 

I also play basketball, and I play basketball really well! I’ve qualified for three on three nationals but unfortunately due to covid I couldn’t follow through with that experience. Bummer!

What got you into skating?

It was 2018. I went to a birthday party at a roller rink on adult night and let me tell you.. I was awful! I tell you, I could not skate backwards, I could not stop, I was running into walls, haha I was bad! Since then I was looking up skates but they were so expensive and at the time. I didn’t know anything about skating other than watching Roll Bounce or ATL. I loved watching those movies. The people in the middle were amazing and I was like “I want to do that”.

So fast forward to 2020. Pandemic happened, people looking for activities to do, I’m looking up roller skating! Then I come across this person on Instagram @gabsonwheels, who unfortunately is no longer on Instagram, but I still enjoy watching her videos! She was skating every single day! She was jumping over cones within a couple of weeks, she was going to the skate parks and built her own jump boxes. Right then I was like “oh my God I have to get some skates” she sold me on skates THAT DAY! So I ordered them! I just missed that wave of back-order skates. I was so thankful I did. I started skating a week later and skated every single day. Now, me and my skates are inseparable! I now have three pairs of skates and I’m working on a fourth pair. I hope gabs comes back to Instagram because I love watching her skate! 

What trick have you not yet mastered? 

This one is so hard! It’s called the coffin. I love watching @temptestnicole do the coffin. She gets so low to the ground! She literally looks like she’s going to tip over but her leg strength and her power is incredible! If I ever learn how to do a split I’m going to look like her. I’ll be doing a coffin into a split over and over!

Who inspires you in the skate community?

I love watching Coco Franklin, also known as gypsetcity. Part of the reason is because she is just so free! She is fully herself! She doesn’t care about anyone else’s opinion. She is going to skate however she skates and always be authentic. She is going to tell people who she is and is unapologetically black. I love that! I also love that she is an alternative black girl. You don’t have to fit into a mold. Some people will try to put you into a mold and she doesnt let it happen. Lastly, her style of skating is incredible! She travels the world and skates in some beautiful places. Coco is an inspiration. I can talk about her for a while!

What makes you unique?!

Honestly, I did not know how to answer this question until I started skating. I wasn’t living my authentic life until I realized that I need to be honest with myself. I like to be vulnerable, I like to feel my emotions, I like to express my emotions, I like to share that with everyone. By blogging  my roller skating progress every day, I found myself almost creating a diary. “Hey everyone! This is how I’m feeling today. This is what’s going on with me”. Being vulnerable is what makes me unique. Not everyone is OK with doing that, but for me, I can get my emotions out and express them. Then they are no longer a weight on my chest. As soon as I take that weight off of my chest I can move on. I feel like roller skating has become a therapy for me. My honesty is truly what makes me unique.

Aysha, Thank you for being apart of our mission to support skate culture and spread the #ZoniLifestyle! This has been so fun! We hope you continue to live authentically and share your progress with us! 

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For all of you at home, we hope to see what makes YOU unique by using #iSkateBecause and #ZoniLifestyle. We hope you all Have a wonderful Black History Celebration! And can’t wait to see you next week with another feature!

To see more, Check out Aysha here!!

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