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A Summary Of VSB’s Very Good But Not Quite As Good As We Want It To Be Yet Year

Happy New Year and shit, everyone! If you’re reading this, you’ve made it to 2016 (congrats!) and you’ve decided, for whatever reason, to spend at least one second of this year reading VSB. So thanks for that. Since you’re here, I might as well let you know that 2015 was, by every measure, the best year in VSB’s history. So thanks for that too.

And, since no year-end recap is complete without a highlights package, here’s ours.

Some Stats and Shit

2015 was the biggest year VSB has ever had, quadrupling 2014’s traffic. Which is kinda crazy because, before 2015, 2014 was our biggest year. And 2014 quadrupled 2013’s traffic.

Anyway, below are 2015’s five most read pieces, and the number of unique visitors each piece generated. (These also happen to be the five most read VSB pieces ever.)

Exclusive: A Leaked Email Exchange Between Drake And Meek Mill From Last Night (794,715)

President Obama’s “Folks Wanna Pop Off” Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week (537,622)

Foods Your Bitch Ass Better Not Bring To A Memorial Day Cookout (318,653)

10 Non-Singing Ass Singers That People Swear Can Sing (204,106)

Serena Williams Drinks, Bathes In, And Makes Lemonade With White Tears (174,245)

Over all, we published 540 different pieces from 39 different authors. Considering that we very rarely publish on the weekend, that’s a little over two pieces a day. Which is…okay. This time next year I’d like to be at 10. Still the 39 number is something I’m very proud of, because I want VSB to be a place that provides a platform for Black writers to be, for lack of a better term, free. And Black. And whatever it means to be free and Black. And I believe we do that better than any other space on the internet.

Anyway, of these 39, we had 11 people publish five or more pieces in 2015 (Agatha Guilluame, Alex Hardy, Brandon Harrison, Dustin Seibert, Jozen Cummings, Michael Harriot, Natalie Degraffinried, Shamira Ibrahim, Tonja Stidhum, and, of course, Panama Jackson, and Damon Young).

Below are my favorite 2015 pieces from each writer.

Agatha: Ask Agatha: Regretful Threesomes And Why Men Should Never, Ever, Ever Take Selfies

Alex: I Went To A Screening Of ‘Underground’ In Memphis And Here Is What I Ate

Brandon: A Case For Why Turkey Is A Trash Meat We Should Never Eat Again

Dustin: This Generation’s R&B Music is Asswater. Stop Paying For It

Jozen: Why I Want T-Pain To Sing At My Wedding

Michael Harriot: The 10 Commandments Of The One Night Stand

Natalie: Six Foolproof And Effective Things To Do To Bring Atheists Back To The Lord

Shamira: Idris Elba Deserves To Be James Bond, Because They Both Have Fuckboy Tendencies

Tonja: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered Caribana

Panama: Dear Damon, Here’s Some Advice On Your Impending Parenthood

Damon: A Primer On The Use, Usage, Versatility, And Utility Of “Nigga” and Life As One Of The Last People On Kanye West Island (I’m sorry, but I couldn’t narrow it to one. If you have a problem with this, I’m the one creating and curating this list, so deal with it.

Some Notable VSB-Related Accomplishments and Shit

1. Although both Panama and I have each done numerous VSB-related panels, the Harvard Black Law Students Association’s Spring Conference Black Media Matters panel was the first time we’ve been on one together.

2. BET invited me to their studios in New York City to do a video piece on the difference between being “New Black” and “Just Black.” (Hint: It’s the exact same thing.) While in the city, I stopped by Jezebel’s offices to do another video piece on practically the same thing. It was a very New Black month.

3. In August, I was invited back to New York to appear on Melissa Harris Perry to talk about Drake, Meek Mill, and mooching wifi.

4. Panama scored a partnership with TV One, helping the network promote “Born Again Virgin.”

5. VSB and The Root agreed to a content sharing partnership. (We never officially announced it, but it has been going on since October.)

6. The Colored Section, a monthly VSB-esque column in EBONY Magazine, debuted.


7. VSB partnered with Tees in the Trap, who helped us sell like 33274329435 Bougie Black t-shirts.

8. 1839 launched.

On behalf of the entire VSB team, I want to thank you all again for helping our 2015 be such a productive one. Let’s make 2016 even better!

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • iamnotakata

    Wow come through VSB! Congrats on all the success! I am happy to have hung with yall since 09′ and look forward to your continued success in the future!

  • PaddyfotePrincess

    Props to Panama, Champ and all of the VSB contributors. Keep doing your thing.

  • Mrz Heuzen

    Congratulations on all of your successes! I rarely comment, but I read daily and I love VSB.

  • NKORigible

    Loved rediscovering this site and seeing how new and improved and mature and funny and mind shifting it is. Y’all are like my church, pastors… I go here and I’m like okay “I’m thinking whatever they said, and the comment section is the congregation where I get more soundbytes and pebbles of wisdom on how to say, hear, see, feel and BE BLACK!”

    Thank you.

  • Congratulations :)

  • Kym

    I can’t keep up with your growth! Good shit.

  • ChellZ

    Great job guys! I def contributed 365 (minus Saturday’s and Sundays and fed holidays) to your traffic. ??

  • Jaris Cole

    Keep doing your thing VSB! You keep us up even when times are very low.

  • MostlyMax

    *Daps y’all up while rocking my Bougie Black Girl tee* Well done!

  • Tonja (aka Cheeks)

    *dabs in celebration*

    • I’m glad you and Ethiopian Boy are back too. As if I needed another way to tune out my coworkers.

      • miss t-lee

        Yo Wu, I discovered a new group over the weekend, this could also help tune out your co-workers…lol
        You familiar with Vintage Trouble?

        • No. Are they on Spotify? I’ll check them out.

          • miss t-lee

            Yup they are. I caught a performance of them on Austin City Limits. Pretty dope group.

      • Tonja (aka Cheeks)

        Thanks, Wu for always being there! ^_^

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