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Skating the Curfew

Skating the Curfew

The sound of skateboards scraping on concrete and iron rails echoes throughout West Baltimore’s Hanlon Park, as a group of kids armed with customized boards, Vans backpacks, and Monster energy drinks gather around to show off their skills. Joseph “Joey Savage” Guillen, a 16-year-old junior at Frederick Douglass High School who eats, sleeps, and breathes skateboarding, seems the most eager to impress his friends as he busts out kick-flips, grinds, and ollies on his board, which he calls “Young OG.” It’s Wednesday and the sun set about two hours ago. Curfew is quickly approaching, but the group has no intention to pack up just yet. “Curfew? Man,...

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