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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 contributing editor for EBONY.com. He resides in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes.

  • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com 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?

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      livin’ life is all we can really do.

      EYSM!

    • Breezy

      Did you big chop, are you rocking a TWA, how is it going?!?!? I decided to go natural in September 2011 so since then I have been keeping my hair in kinky twist….am so afraid of what the end result will be…pray for me!

      • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

        No big chop – transitioned out all the straight ends. I two strand twist most days and let it do what it wants all the other days. It’s been amazing. I love waking up to it and doing stuff with it ^_^

        #TeamILoveMyhurr

  • Onxy Lady

    Congrats!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      thanks boo.

  • http://twitter.com/kjnetic King Jordan

    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…

    • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

      And also make it more effective when you quote/sing/rap Drake lyrics. Put that cardigan on #soIknowItsReal

      • http://fourpageletter.wordpress.com keisha brown

        LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • naturalista88

      Can’t forget your $95 tie.

      • http://iamyourpeople.com/ I Am Your People

        I want them to make cardigans that read ‘diva dude’ down the side like a line jacket

        • naturalista88

          Ha! They should also have their FB name on there; you know every diva dude has some silly arse name like “Ernest Gettintodamoneyjustgottamakeit Williams.”

          • Kidsister

            I thought the hood dudes had names like that, lol

            • naturalista88

              From what I’ve seen on my FB, both diva dudes & hood ninjas do it (unfortunately).

              • Kidsister04

                Hmmm, I see. They should all just STOP! :-/

          • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

            OT: If I was young enough to have a FB middle name, it would be “ridinaroundandgettinit” LOL

            • naturalista88

              *Lmao* you a fool wit it.

        • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem Jones

          I want them to make cardigans that read ‘diva dude’ down the side like a line jacket

          I HATE YOU, IAYP!!!!! *dead*

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          that would be hilarious.

    • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem Jones

      dont you mean “[insert price here] Diva Dude Cardi”?? :)

    • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      LOL I love how the Diva Dude tshirt is a cardigan. Perfecto.

  • 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.

    • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

      O_O …NASA?

      *adds Tex to list of coolest people ever*

      • Tx10inch

        lmao. Thanx Tes…

      • naturalista88

        Same thing I thought *lol*.

    • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

      “International Space Station Property Manager”? Who does that? LOL, wow

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        That career point alone should give a woman no reason to complain about that five minutes of thunder! :)

        • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

          LOL, if a dude told me that I’d think he made it up.

        • Tx10inch

          lmao. Those 5 mins would seem alot longer if I had “a woman’s eyes” to look into while stirring mac n cheese.

          *backs own back* yeaah, dat’s playa right der.

          • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem Jones

            while stirring mac n cheese.

            sir! LOL

          • A Woman’s Eyes

            omg lmao

            God bless the man or woman who invented mac ‘n cheese!

          • SunaoButterfly

            “while stirring mac n cheese”

            After *that* recent post, I can’t see or hear the phrase “mac n cheese” without blushing.

            Dang, ya’ll done ruined me.

            • A Woman’s Eyes

              I know! I’m going to be cheesing every time I see or make mac n’ cheese! lmao

    • COASB

      OOOOOOH! I’m in Rocket City–lotta y’all round here!

    • http://wildcougarconfessions.com Wild Cougar

      Wow, that’s amaaaaazing.

      • Tx10inch

        hmmm, are you being sarcastic ms. cougar?

        • http://wildcougarconfessions.com Wild Cougar

          Not at all, you being paranoid? LOL

          • Tx10inch

            lol. naah just askin.

    • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem Jones

      look at you ex-e-boo!!! i didnt realize you were at NASA – go head then!!

      lol @ arab money. yeah that arab money was putting purple calla lilies in my office. get back on that, will ya?? hehe

      • Tx10inch

        Ummm, aren’t you on my FB Gem? lol. It IS listed under “info”. I’ma need you to do a lil better in the FB friend department mmmkay? lmao.

        It’s was a cool gig. Wasn’t there too long but I got to sit in a space capsule, help close out the shuttle program, kicked it wit astronauts and engineers. Bascially, I was space age pimpin.

        • Tx10inch

          *Basically

        • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem Jones

          i rarely actually read through ppl’s FB pages. i only thoroughly read ppl’s profiles that im trying to stalk (dont judge me!) – usually ppl i dont already know.

        • A Woman’s Eyes

          Space age pimpin’ ! * Gets up and does a two step*

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      ISSPM.

      lol. that’s one hell of a project to manage.

      • Tx10inch

        Yeah, it’s notta game. Alot of attention to detail. But it was 3 of us on the Houston site working along with the Russians, Japan, and Kennedy Space Center. That’s why only recently I’ve been commenting more lately. I was swamped wit work.

        • A Woman’s Eyes

          That alone gives your child the right to say at the playground: “My daddy is cooler than your daddy”

          • Britico chick

            That would be a very funny t-shirt – something else for the VSB shop, me thinks

    • Breezy

      Wow!!! You just made me bust out singing….Been around the world and I I I – I can’t find my baby…cool gig!

  • 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’*

    • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

      *pops bottles*

      Congrats! \o/

      • DQ

        Oh yeah, and I’m working on one of my bucket list items… an album that *gasp* doesn’t rely on selling drugs & killing people, and doesn’t once use the word “n!gg@”

        Got 2 songs left and I’ll unleash on the world (where world = people I know on FB and Twitter)

        • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

          Can’t wait for that :D

        • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

          Oh wow, make sure we can preview on Amazon.

        • http://wildcougarconfessions.com Wild Cougar

          Yay!

        • SunaoButterfly

          Wait, so like… your album actually uses WORDS? @_@

        • A Woman’s Eyes

          That is awesomeness.

      • Breezy

        Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • DQ

          Thank you much.

    • naturalista88

      Congratulations :D

      • DQ

        Muchas Gracias

    • A Woman’s Eyes

      * CONGRATULATIONS!! *

      • DQ

        Thank you. :)

    • Kidsister

      Congrats on the engagement and the January Bday!! I’m a January baby too :-)

      • DQ

        Thanks. Are you an Aquarius too?

    • http://iamyourpeople.com/ I Am Your People

      Congrats of the engagement!

      • DQ

        Thank you kindly.

    • http://lizburr.com Liz

      CONGRATS!!!!!!

      • DQ

        Much appreciated. I guess our avi’s can no longer date. Parting is such bitter sweet sorrow. :)

        • Corey

          Do I smell an Emistress….?

    • LuckBALady

      Congratulations!!! #noVesta….sorry but that’s what I hear in my head when I read/see/hear that word

      • DQ

        I can’t even front, everytime I hear the words congratulations I think of Vesta. She thought it would have been her. :)

        Thanks

    • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      I’ve already dapped you up on Twitter but I #minuswell celebrate amongst family… CONGRATS DQ!!! *flings non-player confetti*

      • DQ

        LOL @ #MinusWell. Thanks again Cheek-A-Leek. I appreciate the dappage.

    • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

      Congratulations! It’s the season for love.

      • DQ

        Congratulations to you too (I hear you’re getting married as well)

    • Keisha

      Congratulations!!! :-)

      • DQ

        See? This one made me think about Vesta too. LOL. Thanks.

    • http://fourpageletter.wordpress.com keisha brown

      AWWWWW!!!
      Thats GREAT!!!!!
      *extra KBB hugs ;)

      • DQ

        *I – can’t – breathe* LOL. Thanks KB. :)

        • http://fourpageletter.wordpress.com keisha brown

          bwahahahahahahahaaaaaaaa
          you aint complaining doe. ;)

          • DQ

            Nope. :)

    • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem Jones

      im reading through this update all happy that you reppin #TeamOatmeal like a CHAMP (no D. Young) until i see the word ENGAGED. i feel slighted that i didnt know this until just now. completely selfish stance for me to take but hey, thats how i roll. so before i could get excited and congratulatory and sh*t, i was first PISSED.

      so now that ive taken a moment to be in my angry place… CONGRATS!!!! *throws single speck of confetti*

      • DQ

        Yeah… see… what had happened was…

        …my bad I mentioned it on Twitter and thought you saw it.

      • DQ

        OMG I just saw that “single speck of confetti” comment. Consider it stolen. LOL

        • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem Jones

          LMBO!!!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      the multimedia/webseries stuff…well…its coming homes. definitely. like actually. not vsb bbq style.

      and congrats on the engagement pimpin.

      • DQ

        Thanks pimpin. Hey once it’s done I’d be interested in getting some feedback from a fellow producer on my upcoming album. Still not done yet but I’ll let you know.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          absolutely. looking forward to hearing it.

    • http://www.afro-belle.blogspot.com Imani

      Co-sign on this. I’d pay good money(is there any other kind) to watch,buy a movie or series done by VSB. Waiting…

    • A Woman’s Eyes

      You get bonus points by cueing up my jam.

    • http://tdlove.wordpress.com Tonya

      Congrats on the engagement!! :)

      Are you an Aquarius? Is your name Ralph? (..If I meet an Aquarius named Ralph I would just die..)

  • 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!

    • LuckBALady

      Good luck!!

    • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      Much luck to ya!

    • A Woman’s Eyes

      Good luck !

    • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com Gem Jones

      grad school is for SUCKAS!!! take it from some one who knows lol

      but seriously, best wishes to you on that app/interview process! HOLD IT DOWN!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      good luck with that.

      swag.

  • 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*.

    • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

      drunken debauchery —> future children

      • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

        #hilarious #truth

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        im with you. lol. thats what i thought too

    • A Woman’s Eyes

      Have fun and be careful because drunken debauchery can lead to future children lol

  • Barb

    Freaking Awesome!!!!! #inspired

  • http://iamyourpeople.com/ I Am Your People

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

    • Kidsister

      LMAO!! SHADE!!

    • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      \__________ <— here lies Cheeks.

    • A Woman’s Eyes

      *lmao*

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      i already sent them some clips. just waiting to hear back on my first writing job!

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        Let me guess, P Jack. You wrote about your love for playing in big hair. lol

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          how’d you know.

          • A Woman’s Eyes

            :)

  • http://commentarybyvalentina.wordpress.com/ Val

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

    • http://www.testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

      \o/ Rice: the side dish that goes with absolutely everything. You go! :)

    • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      This news wins the internets. Not that I’m biased or anything…

      • http://fourpageletter.wordpress.com keisha brown

        -___- @ cheekie…

        • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

          LOL. I was actually awaiting your blank face.

    • A Woman’s Eyes

      *lmao* Rice on, rice on!