Damon Young

Damon Young

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.

My Street Harassment Story

Instead of putting so much energy into defending your right to holla, ask a woman -- any woman -- to tell you a street harassment story. And listen.

Why I Love NBA Basketball (…And Why You Don’t If You Don’t)

On loving the NBA for what it is, and what it isn't

Five Black Superheroes We Need To See

Hopefully coming to a theater near you

The Definitive Ranking Of Black Male Hairstyles

Who's first? (And who's worst?)

Dear Black People: Please Stop Spreading The Lie That “Bad” Blacks Are Holding “Good” Blacks Back

Because making blanket negative statements about (relatively) powerless and voiceless people is just as bad as what you're accusing these powerless and voiceless people of

Black-ish, The Best Black Sitcom…Ever?

All things considered, I've seen enough to say that Black-ish could end up being the best Black sitcom ever.

On Seattle Quarterback Russell Wilson Not Being “Black Enough”

There's enough space in Black America for Blacks more comfortable around Black people and doing things traditionally associated with Black culture, and those more comfortable doing other things

Yup, Black Pittsburghers Have A “Pittsburghese” Too

After assuming I was the baseline and everyone else spoke with an accent, it was a bit jarring to learn that the way I spoke wasn't "right," just Pittsburgh

A Second-By-Second Breakdown Of President Obama Reminding Us He Can Take Your Girlfriend

00:24: President Obama says "There's an example of a brother just embarrassing me. Just for no reason whatsoever" which you can totally imagine him saying about Ben Carson

Why This Kid’s YMCA Membership Card Pic Is The Blackest (And Cutest) Thing We’ve Ever Seen This Week

Even though this is a pretend jumpshot with pretend form, his smirk clearly lets you know that his pretend jumpshot went in

The #PostBadBeards Struggle Is REAL: Why I’m Not Mad At Fake Beards

Although "light-skinned points," "big booty points," "long hair points," "tall points," "big dick points," and "he has a job points" are well established within our community, "man hair points" -- where men are given extra attractiveness points just for having a full beard or long dreadlocks -- are just as common.

Why The “Unmasking” Of Viola Davis On HTGAWM Is The Blackest Thing We’ve Ever Seen This Week

Because nothing is Blacker than a Black person "fixing their face" right before a confrontation

I Just Want To Talk To My Mom Today

My mom died October 18th. Today, October 16th, marks a year since the day I knew I'd never hear her voice again.

A Ranking Of The 10 Whitest Guys Rashida Jones Has Been Romantically Paired With On Screen

In this context, "White guy" is defined as "guy who is White."