An Update From The Good People of VSB
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 theÂ aforementionedÂ Power 100 love in Ebony,Â 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, givingÂ predictablyÂ crypticÂ 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.)Â
He’s also hosting andÂ emceeingÂ various events. Just this week he moderated a panel for the Washington Post:Â Black Identity & Culture in Mass Media
You can read a recap of the event here.
And, when she’s not holdingÂ impromptuÂ Bible studies in random bars, Liz is busy becoming a web series maven.Â 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.Â
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 widowÂ Rhonda McCullough aboutÂ â€œI Ainâ€™t Scared of You: A Tribute to Bernie Mac.â€ — a documentary featuring clips from Macâ€™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”)