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Darren Harper: Still Leadership Material

Has it really been more than four years since we've written anything about Darren Harper? The man who labels himself as "the Official Skateboarder of Washington, D.C." and "Southeast D.C.'s Own First Black President Skater" has done some rapping in the meantime, and it's possible that he's got some actual skate-career moves to make in 2011, if this January interview with ThisIs50.com is to be believed:

He raps in that video, too. (His rationale: "I feel like I can do whatever I want.") The "YUMS" sticker? It's not from the D.C. carryout chain; it's from the shoe company (although Harper did appear at the opening of a Bojangles' in April). As far as the skating goes, it appears that he's still doin' what he was doin' in the mid-'00s: no-nonsense street tricks with a vaguely militant style. And if his Twitter account is to be believed, The Washington Post has something in the works about him:

It certainly wouldn't be the first time that a D.C. writer has shared a drink with a source.

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