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Damon At The Schomburg In Harlem, VSB In NYC, And “WingChick”



Couple things going on in the VSB world that we wanted to let you all know about:

1. Tonight, Damon will be at The Schomburg Center in Harlem for a reading of The Meaning of Michelle, where he’ll be joined on stage by Veronica Chambers (the anthology’s editor), Rebecca Carroll, and Caroline Clark. We’ll read excerpts from the book, talk about the Obama’s impact and legacy, and then, at the end of the night, we plan to join hands with everyone there and sing a version of Cam’ron’s “Fuck You” directed at Donald Trump.

Also, speaking of Trump, here’s Damon’s Facebook status from earlier today:

Just landed at Laguardia. In NYC for a reading of The Meaning of Michelle at the Schomburg tonight. Been sitting on the plane for 15 minutes now because of some sort of delay. And I look out my window, and lo and behold is a fucking Trump plane.


I don’t know if this is why we can’t get off the plane yet, but I’m perfectly fine with blaming every inconvenience and annoyance I experience — a plane delay, a toothache, a sleet storm, a flatulent dog, a batch of too soft chicken wings, a batch of words escaping Zoe Saldana’s mouth, etc — on this nigga for the next four years.

2. Friday evening, Panama will join Damon in NYC, putting VSB together in one place like Voltron, and to celebrate this momentous occasion, they’re holding a happy hour at Latitude Bar & Grill (Located at 783 8th Avenue — between 47th and 48th) at 5pm. Come through and shit if you can.

3. VSB’s own Tonja Renée Stidhum (aka “Cheekie”) has created a hilarious webseries called WingChick — about the trials and tribulations of a woman who’s the perpetual homegirl. She’s looking to raise $5,000 through her Indiegogo campaign, so please support!

  • Tonja (aka Cheeks)


    for old times ;)

    • Tonja (aka Cheeks)

      Aiight, here go my real comment:

      Thanks so much for the plug VSB fam! WingChick has been on the brain and in development for a couple of years now and I’m finally moving forward with producing this baby. If you have read and enjoyed any Cheekie-isms or Tonja-isms within the past several years, you’ll enjoy this series.

      Your support will really mean a lot in my journey to create Black Girl Magic. Also, chicken. Thanks for dreaming with me. (^_^)

      • Val

        Yea, Cheekie! Congratulations! Did you cast that guy for his wing eating abilities? Lol

        Going to check you out at Indiegogo.

        • Tonja (aka Cheeks)

          Haha thanks! And he’s super funny and has an improv background but I found out about how he kills a flat THAT day of shooting. He has recently learned and now has a new affinity for flats. Flats get a bad rap because folks don’t know how to eat them but they are way more flavorful lmao

          • Brother Mouzone

            I’ve said this before but it bears repeating…..team FLATS.

      • ??

        • Tonja (aka Cheeks)


      • DG

        Congrats Cheeks…good to know your dreams are coming to fruition.

        I’ll check out the indiegogo site.

        • Tonja (aka Cheeks)

          Much appreciated love!

    • miss t-lee

      Go Cheeks! :)

      • Tonja (aka Cheeks)

        Much love as always T-Lee! <3

  • Cleojonz

    Uggh. Ya’ll gotta give me more notice than the day before!!! I got kids and ish.
    Do I need to stalk Panama and Damon’s engagement schedule? Is it posted somewhere lol.

    • panamajackson

      To be fair…we posted this on IG and FB an entire DAY before this. LOL. It was up on Tuesday night on both of those platforms. However, we probably should post events on this actual site more.

      • Cleojonz

        Yeah, that’s too much social media for me to keep up with all the time lol. I do follow the site on multiple platforms but I don’t check them all daily and alerts to my phone would drive me batty.

        One of these days I will catch y’all lol.

  • Ayeee!

    Good luck, Cheekie! I wasn’t ready for the private dancer move with the flat.

    Shout out to Berook for the narrations. #goodcreditvoice

    • miss t-lee

      Berook better get on his voiceover money…lol

      • Seriously!

        NPR newsbreak-a$$ voice! #IamLakshmiSingh

        • miss t-lee

          Fa real!

        • Val

          She has an interesting ethnic background. Half Trinidadian and half Puerto Rican.

      • Tonja (aka Cheeks)


        • miss t-lee


    • Tonja (aka Cheeks)

      SOMEONE gotta give him props since NPR play too much and won’t give him a proper gig smdh.

      And thanks homie!! That private dancer ish had me on the floor. I love me some David

  • Janelle Doe

    Congrats on being first and on your webseries
    And I am sorry about your hijacked thread from before but you know how it is here so maybe you are alright.
    *off the check out the indiegogo

    • Tonja (aka Cheeks)

      LMAO yep it was classic VSB lounge. And having that many comments looks good for me so we all win here ^_^

  • I’ll be in Harlem tomorrow evening but idk about traveling to Midtown. In my best black uncle voice:


    • Maybe me

    • leanin’ towards it

      • Might show my face

    • panamajackson

      We gon’ be there.

    • Junegirl627


      • Iz you coming or iz you gonna be there

        • Junegirl627

          refrain from applying pressure upon my countenance!!!!

          in response to what I will assume was a question, since your response lacked punctuation….. I say to thee that I shall present my welcomed presence upon the persons and locale the indubitably intelligent negros hosting this event has alerted me to.

          I shall divest myself of the hateration I will accumulate as a person who is of a darker shade in these dark dreary and orange days by singing the lyrics to Beyonce songs in my head as I enter this dancerie.

          • Val


          • Nik White

            Alright now

          • *dead*

        • bring your husband so we can meet him!

          • I’d love to! but he’s gonna be with the boys doing dad stuff

    • kingpinenut

      *my pockets is low*


    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      Bruin – yeah that thing was awesome

      Random – why you ain’t invite me?

      Bruin – I stay inviting you, but you never go cause you need to know who gone be there

      • Sometimes you have to be that way to protect your sanity lol

    • Maybe me, not sure >__<;;;

  • cyanic

    Come to Cali. I wanna see my chocolate glasses wearing transformer in person!

    • miss t-lee

      Well, then…lol

    • Cranberry05


  • Junegirl627

    Imma get to meet yall!!!!!!

  • Tonja (aka Cheeks)

    Oh! As background, the video is a mock ad for a dating app featured in the WingChick pilot that we’re crowdfunding for. Sooooo… Important question:

    #TeamDrums or #TeamFlats?

    • Tasha Lawrence?

      Drums. More meat

    • Betsy Devos eats flats, and advocated for all school kids to eat flats. why y’all think Senators Warren and Thomas looked like this


      so i’m definitely #TeamDrums

      • IAmMikeBrown

        *downvotes, part 2*

        (F@ck DeVos, though.)

        • LMNOP

          I am horrified by most of these confirmation hearings, of course, but DeVos I keep thinking I personally know A LOT of people who are more qualified than she is. That doesn’t seem right.

          • IAmMikeBrown

            HeII, I’M more qualified than she is! She doesn’t even know the fundamentals! Never been a teacher, never attended a public school, always been wealthy. I’m scared for my livelihood.

            • LMNOP

              You are so much more qualified. I was just watching more clips from her confirmation, she’s not sure what IDEA is!?! Or what proficiency means. Or whether she would follow laws helping sexual assault victims. Oh and maybe guns at school would be okay… has she ever even met a child?

              This is not supposed to be a learn everything on the fly type of job, I really don’t think she could cut it to spend a day subbing or working at a daycare, and shes supposed to lead the Department of Education.

              • IAmMikeBrown

                I’d love to see her in a high school classroom. Comedy might ensue.

                • LMNOP

                  Haha yeah, I’m sure. I have a high needs preschool group right now and I would pay money to watch her with them for like an hour.

                • Cleojonz

                  Those kids would eat her alive.

              • L8Comer

                Good God, I’ve been a bit tunes out I had no idea it was that bad. Even I know what the IDEA is! But damn she didn’t even try to study up for her hearing, huh? Ugh this is terrible for public schools

                • LMNOP

                  It was SO bad, she couldn’t commit to agreeing to follow federal education laws. Like why are you even here? Did you read the fucking job description??

              • Cranberry05

                This is so depressing…?

            • Tam
              • IAmMikeBrown

                Well. Since The Great Trumpkin put it THAT way, I guess I need to up my IQ game.

                • Tam

                  Considering who it is coming from you are already ahead of the game.

                • LMNOP

                  This is really random, but speaking of education, have you heard of the NEH summer institutes for teachers? Looks interesting. https://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs

                  • IAmMikeBrown

                    Some of these courses look intriguing, especially the one the focuses on the immigrant experience through literature and theater, and it’s set at San Jose State. Lemme see if my principal will send me for free.

                    • LMNOP

                      That’s the best part! They are free, and they pay you a stipend too. Most pay you around $2000 to cover transportation, housing, etc.

            • Cheech

              The guys who play chess in the park are all more qualified than she is.

              • IAmMikeBrown

                All of them should be congressmen, seriously. They are coldly intelligent.

                • Cheech

                  If often high.

    • Val

      Team drums 4ever.

    • Chicken.

      • Cleojonz

        Exactly. ALL the parts.

      • Tonja (aka Cheeks)

        See this why I can’t with y’all lmao. WHO is throwing the other piece away?? No one that’s who ?

        • Lea Thrace

          (i am)

    • kingpinenut

      Bacon by the pound

      • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

        Way to zig when everyone else is zagging. I like it.

    • drums are easier to dip in sauce

    • Mary Burrell

      Team Flats

    • Team flats all the way!

    • miss t-lee


  • kingpinenut

    Pu$$ypop for poultry…..dayum

    What have I been doing with my life?

    Congrats to Her Highness Cheeeeeeekkssss

    • Tonja (aka Cheeks)

      Go forth and prosper! And Thanksssss!

      That P-pop line was an ad-lib from Berook and was a fave! Couldn’t NOT use it.

  • chazb

    Awesome about Damon being at the Schomburg . I work for that library system, had I known I wouldn’t have made plans and gone to see it. Best of luck!. I’ll check and see if they livestream it!

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