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We know that you’re tired of seeing Chrianna plastered all over the place, so we’ve decided to start a new Bossip category to introduce you to the new up and coming artists, actors and athletes. They deserve a little shine too.
You may remember him as Angela Simmons ex-boyfriend, but that’s only half of this pro skateboarder’s story:
Yes, he is a professional skateboarder, and yes, he is Black. From Long Beach, Cali, TK, 23, is the highest paid black skater in the game right now. He’s acquired sponsorships from Kr3w clothing, Supra shoes, and Baker skateboards. Pharrell dubbed him the “baby jordan of the game,” and offered TK a spot on his street skate team, The Ice Cream Team.
After losing his father when he was 5 and his drug-addicted mother in the 9th grade, TK says he owes everything his grandmother who managed to stay strong while taking care of his three brothers and supporting his other family members who were also drug addicts. In 2005, TK was shot in the mouth and arm for…get this…NOT being a thug. Local gangs, furious with TK’s success and unique sports path, capped him for being “too different”.
You’ve probably seen him around town with his ex-girlfriend, Angela Simmons. Their break-up was the subject of many blogs, including ours, a few months ago and TK spoke to Bossip and Persona Magazine to clear the air:
“I was in love with her. I never went that far with a girl before. I really loved her. She taught me a lot and she showed me a lot. She was great. We were so dope to each other. We helped each other out in so many ways.”
On wanting to smash Angela…
“That wasn’t even an issue for me. I went into the relationship knowing that. Why would I flip the script in the middle of the situation? I can have sex with anybody I want. That ain’t important. Sex is not everything — that doesn’t make a relationship. I need to be able to talk to you. I need to be able to do stuff and bond with you. But I think she’s still dealing with the fact that she’s in that spot where a man is not going to love her just because she doesn’t want to have sex. That wasn’t the case for me. She always had her guard up.”
During our exclusive chat with TK, he explained that skating is his therapy and hopes that other African Americans will catch on to the sport. We here at Bossip can’t skateboard for sh*t, but we maybe we’ll try, TK.
“Do what you love and everything will come.” – TK
Peep the kid in action and a few pics below.