An Update From The Good People of VSB

Panama, with Rahiel of Urban Cusp (his left) after their panel discussion on Black Identity & Culture in Mass Media. Panelists from l-r: Jummy Olabanji, Sekani Williams, PJ, Rahiel, Y'Anna Crawley, Reesa Renee, and Christylez Bacon

So, there’s been a lot going on in VSB land in the past month or so. Won’t go through everything, but here’s some of the things we’ve been up to, both individually and as a group.

There was a seven to ten day window a month ago where you could have gone to a newsstand, picked up Jet, Ebony, and Essence, and saw something VSB-related in each of them. Along with the aforementioned Power 100 love in Ebony, Jet named us as one of the “Year’s Top Web Wonders” along with Awkward Black Girl and They BF, and I was in an issue of Essence, giving predictably cryptic relationship advice.

And, speaking of Ebony, I’m a contributing editor there now. (Gig started February 1st)

Panama has been all over the place as well, writing for GuySpeak, The Root DC, and Sister 2 Sister Magazine (Yes, one of our collective goals is to write or be featured in every single black publication that exists. I think we’re almost there. All we need is a piece in Black Tail now.) 

He’s also hosting and emceeing various events. Just this week he moderated a panel for the Washington Post: Black Identity & Culture in Mass Media

You can read a recap of the event here.

And, when she’s not holding impromptu Bible studies in random bars, Liz is busy becoming a web series maven. Her latest — “How I Made It” — showcases people who’ve made a dent in the fashion industry.

As we’ve alluded to before, there are a few major changes in works here. To assist us with those changes, we’ve hired three interns who are scheduled to start working for us in March.

Lastly, people have been clamoring for us to open the VSB store back up. That’s coming, but there will be a few additions aside from the usual VSB t-shirts and baby tees. We’re still working out the kinks with what exactly we’re going to be selling, but I can definitely tell you that we are going to have a line devoted to “Bougie Black Girl” material, such as this t-shirt modeled by a very drunk yours truly while standing next to my man J-Russ, star of our “Sh*t Bougie Black Girls Say” video. 

Oh, and if still pressed for something to actually read today, check out my on-going “race” conversation with Andrew Cotto at The Good Man Project, “I Suck At The Oscars” — Panama’s latest at GuySpeak, and my interview with Bernie Mac’s widow Rhonda McCullough about “I Ain’t Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac.” — a documentary featuring clips from Mac’s performances and interviews from family and famous friends such as Chris Rock, Don Cheadle, D.L. Hughley, and Samuel L. Jackson.

Anyway VSB nation, that’s enough about us. Does anyone have anything new and exciting (or old and boring) that they want to share? The carpet is yours and sh*t.

—Damon Young (aka “The Champ”)

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Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com and EBONY Magazine. And a founding editor for 1839. 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.

  • Tes

    Firstly I’m so proud of you guys ^_^. I feel like I may have had some sort of small, bit part in the whole thing and can’t wait to see what else you guys are gonna do.

    As for me? What’s new is I’m planning to move on my own back across country to the east coast. Once there I’ll start school to be a teacher of English. I’m almost a year into my natural hair “journey,” and am still loving it. I still blog. And…that’s about it. Not much new here, just…life man, just living it and…you know, out here doing me, for all of us and sh*t…what was I talkin about?

  • Onxy Lady


  • can i get a Diva Dude Cardigan?

    so when i hit the lounges, i’ll look stylish when i do my discount double-check BJ Raji dance…

  • Tx10inch

    Man, I’m proud to see you kats really doing your thing. Not just talkin but walkin. Just don’t forget about tha people on this lil ol website when you hit tha top…

    Umm, any way I’ve been working for NASA since Oct of last yr. International Space Station Property Manager. Really cool gig, but gotta head BACK overseas to get that Arab money!…bills 2 pay and NASA ain’t gettin it done. le sigh.

  • DQ

    I was honestly hoping to hear something about a VSB movie and/or a VSB web series (but maybe you guys still have something on the back burner for those. It would be interesting I think). Anyway, best of luck to everything you guys are doing right now.

    What’s new with me? I turned a year older in January. I’ve lost at least 15 lbs and trying to lose more (no time like the present to get healthy), and last weekend I got engaged. *Cues up Big Pun’s “I Don’t Want to Be a Playa No Mo’*

  • Iamnotakata

    Congrats! I wish I had some new exciting news to share but I don’t…still just an exercise physiologist patiently & eagerly awaiting a response from these grad schools I applied to!

  • naturalista88

    Yay to you guys for making major strides & shaking things up. Me, still working on my Bachelors in Psychology, hopefully I’ll be done next spring. Also trying to figure out what I’m doing for my b-day in April so I can have tales of drunken debauchery to tell my future children *lol*.

  • Barb

    Freaking Awesome!!!!! #inspired

  • <———-eagerly awaiting Panama's contribution to "Hype Hair"

  • Val

    Congratulations on everyone’s successes. As for me; I learned how to make rice today. I’m really proud of myself. :-)

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