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10 Biggest Stories of the Decade In The Black Community.

It’s been one hell of a decade, hasn’t it?  There’s been all kinds of random happenings. And since the Black community is usually prone to being apart of some of the f*ckery that happens over the course of history (OJ, anyone?), I figured that we, here at VSB, might as well get to getting like everybody else and coming up with some kind of list about this past decade. And what better topic of discussion than some of the biggest stories of the decade in the Black community.

Some will be obvious. Some will be curious.

But Panama Jackson will be sexxy. The decade has taught us so.


10. Tiger Woods becomes a Black man

While Tiger might be the biggest sports story (and possibly one of the biggest general stories of the decade) in the Black community, ole Eldrick’s Black card has been pulled a long time ago.  In fact, the last time I think he referred to himself as Black, the Wu-Tang Clan started an investment firm and I’m sure Mos Def was prominently involved. Either way, Tiger learned what happens when you go poking blondes all willy nilly…you lose sponsorhip deals. But hey, Kobe got his back (and called himself the Black Mamba) so the future looks bright for Tiger, though I suggest he begin calling himself Tigga. That way he can start rapping with Jay as Jigga and Dat Ni**a Tigga. There’s lots of potential here.

9. The rebirth of Ike

Apparently Chris Brown’s PR people forgot to tell him that you can’t hit girls past age 7. Well, in February 2009, young Breezy put a hurtin’ on Rihanna and became the story heard ’round the world. Domestic violence is nothing to joke with, so I won’t joke about it. However, keeping Chris Brown, the MJ-heir apparent, from performing at an MJ tribute during the BET awards just seemed egregious.

8. Man’s favorite pasttime gets the “Super” treatment

An odd choice, no doubt. But when you realize how many celebrities bucked the f*ck up once Karrinne Steffans became a household name in 2005, it becomes obvious that very few other people were as significant this decade. Hell, last time this many celebrities read a book, a guy named McCarthy was running amok. And then her subsequent book? That book put every male celebrity on full blast AND inspired an entire nation of video hoes vixens to learn how to read so that they could write their own terrible “memoirs.” Take that Reading Rainbow.

7. Beyonce pisses off lots of women

She went from being the lead singer of a too-young jailbait group out of Houston in 1997 to the most famous pop-star in the world in 2009. That’s no easy feat, especially considering she spent the entire decade being pelted with haterade by women near and far even though every hater has her albums and loves “Single Ladies”. Her accomplishments this decade are nearly unparalleled.


Beyonce would be unparalleled, except Kanye West entered the scene circa 2003 with his recently dubbed album of the decade with The College Dropout, and then managed to make himself into the most important figure in Black music today. You read that right and I did not stutter. Hate him or love him, Kanye will always be around because he cares about the music. He’s pretty much the Stevie Wonder of our generation. Plus the whole skinny jeans things has really taken off.

5. Author JL King ruins boys night out

In 2004, author JL King adorned Oprah’s couch and f*cked up dating ever since. He inadvertently convinced women around the nation, especially Black women, that every man was potentially trying to f*ck his homeboys. Almost overnight, the term DL became apart of the Black lexicon.

4. Rosa Parks finally stops suing Outkast passes

One of the icons of the Civil Rights movements, Rosa Parks passed away in 2005. She was one of the few non-Presidents laid-in-state in the US Capitol building in Washington, DC. She was so important to the fabric of this nation that every major media outlet showed coverage of her funeral and procession…except BET who thought their audience would be better served by showing videos since folks could catch the funeral on CNN or some sh*t (btw, I can’t find a single article about this now, back in 2005, BET had a press release explaining why they didn’t show the funeral).

3. Botched engineering and a Hurricane with a Black name give Spike Lee inspiration

Hurricane Katrina needs no explanation.  August 2005 is when most of us realized just how little many Black lives are. On the bright side, Spike directed one helluva documentary though.

2. Michael Jackson goes to Neverland

I’m really only putting this at 2 to show deference to the historical context of the obvious number 1, but really, globally, more people were touched by MJ’s death than Obama’s presidency. Hell, I still miss Michael Jackson.

1. Barack Obama ruins “the excuse”

Well, duh.

Did I miss any??


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Damon Young

Panama Jackson is pretty fly for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future.

  • Naomi

    nice list and sh*t, but i think 1990-2000 was the best decade of all time….of all time. hmmm well it sounded good in my head. *kanyeshrug*

    lol…but really good list, but i know there are others that should be on here, i just can’t think of them at this time.

    • chaoticdiva


      Let me agree. Outside of Obama becoming president, this decade SUCKED ARSE!!!

    • Cici

      it sounds good out loud. It sure as hell was my best decade.

  • trin-trin

    As a child blessed and cursed with the name “Katrina”, I must note that its technically a German name that alot of black girls have. ‘Tis all.

  • hehe

    Good list…I know the excuse this was sarcasm right?

  • shay-d-lady

    what the gucci mane- jeezy beef aint on there? lmao
    how about the extension of unemployment pay due to the recession?
    how dare you leave these things off.
    and of course the jumpoff heard round the world…kobe and lil colorado…he started that shyt….lmao

  • Penelope

    The Sean Bell and Jena 6 controversies…not necessarily because each individually “rocked” the black community, but maybe because neither did, really.

    Girlfriends, the sitcom. I personally loathe that program, but apparently a lot of us would be absolutely nowhere if it weren’t for Tracee Ellis Ross and the big-forehead one. Oh, and the light-skinned slutty one. And isn’t there a materialistic one? Yeah, there’s some sort of master’s thesis hidden in that sh*t.

    • Penelope

      @myself, I realize and apologize for the redundant nature of the phrase “I personally”, since anything I said is by definition said personally.


    • BiggFoxy


      Hated girlfriends, I mean seriously with friends like that… But it was quite the phenom. I think there are other TVs with black characters that are more deserving of recognition than Girlfriends. Start with the Wire and work backward from there. Although I acknowledge, the Wire is not a “black TV show.”

    • Humble_One


      but apparently a lot of us would be absolutely nowhere if it weren’t for Tracee Ellis Ross and the big-forehead one.

      Her big-forehead wasn’t the reason we watched. It was something else that was big on her.

      • Deviant


        they didn’t show it on camera enuff. It might have been a watchable show if they did (and they weren’t so annoying)

        • Penelope

          @Humble_One & @Deviant,

          I would google whatever this asset is for confirmation, but i know neither her character’s name nor her government name.


          (re: the Wire et al) generally I draw a blank when asked to conjure the names of worthwhile Black shows, but it’s also because I’m admittedly biased against damn near all mainstream Black media.
          I wish I were more fluent in HTML, because I would italicize “all”. I could at least try to use it, though.

          • Penelope

            italics fail :(

          • Yeah…SO?!

            @Penelope, I’ll save u the trouble… dey talmbout her @ss… you’re welcome

    • Yonnie3k

      @Penelope, I think the Jena 6 thing did rock the Black community. I felt that that was one of the times when we were most united – united in outrage. Remember, people were taking buses from all over to go there and march.

      • Penelope


        I felt that a lot of people came here (to Louisiana) to support the Jena Six a) without really knowing what they were supporting, and/or b) not realizing the social climate of this state. I won’t get on my soap box about the glacial pace at which we’re still trying desegregate our schools, as though Brown v. Board was decided half an hour ago, not half a century ago. Fewer than twenty years ago, we were this close (snaps fingers) to electing as governor the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Two months ago, a justice of the peace in Tangipahoa parish refused to marry an interracial couple. So the kind of injustice that was manifest with the Jena Six is not exactly a novel idea here. However, I know that it takes some event to galvanize people, so I’ll accept that Jena Six was it. So yes, people came together in outrage, but they left as quickly as they had come. They marched into LaSalle parish–took pictures for FaceBook to make sure the rest of us could see how conscientious they were–and marched right back home to complacency, patting themselves on the backs for what was surely a valiant foray into civil rights utopia.

        But what had they done? Which of them ever stopped to look back? Almost none.

        And all of that was reinforced for me when, within a year of the incident, four of the Jena Six had been arrested again–each on totally unrelated charges. YES, they should answer for their own culpability. NO, resolving the Jena Six issue is not the key to equality. But to me what happened in Jena is reflective of the disjunct among us, because there is something very very wrong with people referring to themselves as a community, uniting for a cause, supporting that cause, and somehow still failing to effectively rehabilitate the young men with whom that cause originated.

        It feels like we missed the point.

        • BrainyBabe


          Just getting back from holiday vacate and read this post. Happy New Year, all….Anyhoo, just wanted to say I hear you on the Jena 6 follow-up, or lack thereof. But it’s easy to “miss the point” when the real work requires doing work every day (i.e. fighting for REAL access to everyday jobs for our young Black men and women in our local communities [construction jobs often touted by politicians so often go to other-owned companies and the other workers they employ] …. parents recognizing that the “system” is not the best way to rehabilitate their wayward young and fighting tooth and nail to keep them out of it even on so-called “minor” violations, showing up at the schools on the regular to keep our kids respectful of authority, and authority respectful of and in best service to our kids…..This is all probably a topic for a whole new convo, but I felt inspired…..Peace and here’s to new day in the new decade…..

  • Monk

    Taking a hint from “The Batchelor”, VH1’s “Flavor Of Love” has had a tremendous effect on the black diaspora over the past decade. Spawning shows like “I Love New York”, “Real Chance At Love”, “Rock of Love”, the Tila Tequila joint, and “For the Love of Ray J (did I miss any?), it’s influence is wide. These train wrecks were unescapable and has provided hours and hours of laughs, amusement, and side-eyes. Besides, who would think that the “hype man” of one of the most politically-charged, ground-breaking, and socially conscious Hip Hop groups of the 80’s and 90’s would be sought after by 20+ chicks all vying for his attention…or their 15 minutes. It’s utterly genius if you think about it. Yeeeaaahhhh Boyeeeee!

  • chaoticdiva

    I can’t think of anything right now other than your failure to mention the “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” clause in the Kanye paragraph.

    Like, that ish was even bigger than his head.

  • harlemhoney

    Kanye the Stevie Wonder of our generation?!? I’m having trouble with that one…

    • SDot

      @harlemhoney, You’re not the only one.

      • BiggFoxy

        Agreed. Stevie is unparalleled. Kanye falls faaaar short. Also, Stevie plays real instruments. I’m just saying.

    • Stix


      I think P has something with this, but i think its more of a comment of the state of our music then it is, Kanye being great. Black music of this decade features so few actual instrumentalist that someone who is able to flip someone elses music and make it great is the best we have to work with.

  • Stustustudious

    R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet-changed music 4 ever(good or bad)

    • Mis.Education


      I must admit, that the other day (well, early morning) I watched TITC chapters 1-22 straight…I had seen 1-6 previously when all the hype was still here, but this was the perfect means not to work on my dissertation. I can only say that I’m ashamed. And for some reason…in awe??

      • Stustustudious

        Chapters 18-23 are gold, everytime I need a good laugh I watch those. Rufus, Rosey, Pimp Luscious! SMH! And don’t forget the P-P-P-Package!

    • miss t-lee

      You know there is a kat here who is putting on a stage play based on the Traped In the Closet series…I wonder if it’s still running…lol

      • Cheekie

        @miss t-lee,

        LOL. I am oddly saddened and excited by this. Saddened because it’s a low down dirty shame. Excited, because the ignance in me kinda wants to see it.

        • miss t-lee

          Trust when I read about it in our free weekly I was like “this has to be joke right?”
          *I can’t find the link, I think it’s stopped running. :(

  • Carver The Great

    honorable mention: jay & nas beef…that discussion has caused more fights than shoulder bumpings in black nightclubs

    • Carver The Great

      oh and lest we forget, vh1.

      via flavor of love, i love new york, and for the love of ray j, vh1 not only made some of the LAMEST Black people famous but never in the history of n*ggadom has the overall IQ of Black people dipped at such an alarming rate