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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.

  • Hey, it’s been a good year for you guys. Blessings. I’m pissed I missed the non-singing people post until a day after it was up. Also, suffice to say that you’re becoming popular in, um…more $exually liberated corners of the Negro innanents. Like I’m seeing Bougie Black Girl shirts and links back here. It’s been fun to watch.

    Here’s to another good year! And failing that, may this year be fun playing with your kids.

  • In a world where people pretend to be politically correct and constantly issue fake apologies for their true feelings; VSB is just what we need in life. Straight up no chaser, cheers to doing bigger and better in 2016. ?

  • Sigma_Since 93

    Congratulations and ish.

    I’m just here to bring everyone else some cheer. Let’s celebrate cuz by birthday is here!!!

    Like you REALLY wanted to do work today……..

    • Cleojonz

      Happy Happy Birthday to youuuuuu!!!! And no, I really don’t want to do any work. It’s my first day back lol.

      • Sigma_Since 93


    • Val

      Happy birthday, Sig!

      • Sigma_Since 93

        Thanks Val!

    • HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! *throws confetti*

      • Sigma_Since 93


    • panamajackson

      Happy Birthday homey!

    • Happy Birthday Sig!

    • PhlyyPhree

      I didn’t. I never wanna do work at work sooo any excuse is a good one for me.
      Happy birthday!!!

      • Sigma_Since 93


    • Asiyah

      ¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

      • Sigma_Since 93

        Thank You

    • nillalatte


  • Kudos, congrats, a pound, sone dap, a bruh man handshake, and a fist bump for all that VSB has enlightened us with over the years. It turned me from an avid reader, to a frequent poster.

    Sidenote : Should you score an interview with Marie Holmes (the lottery winner who keeps bailing out her bae-vict), ask her can I borrow a cuppla dollars. ..

  • Woot! and congrats!

    Thank you for providing a space on this here Internet for discussing and bulls h i t t i n g about Black stuff.

  • grabo2003

    VSB has made me appreciate all things postively Black and I’m from Zimbabwe and it was my first year exploring this site. Kudos to th team and every reader. The comments were jusnon pointn

  • Thank you guys for making my workday tolerable. Can’t wait to see what your writers and colorful commentators have in store.

  • Aly

    So proud of y’all! Keep up the great work.

    • Val

      What Aly said. :-)

    • Lea Thrace

      Heeeeeyyyy Aly.

      I see you and that avi! Looking great maam!

      • Aly

        Thank you! Something new for the new year :-)

    • Asiyah

      Aly! Looking great!

      • Aly

        Thanks Asiyah!

  • Londa

    Congratulations. May the new year bring new blessings beyond your wildest dreams.

  • Pinks

    Congrats! What a great space to be black and s h i t.

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