Five Dollar Friday

Hello VSB Nation. Because I haven’t finished the hour long wall slide I usually do after the Steelers lose, I’m going to keep it short tonight.

On behalf of everyone involved with our TV pilot project, I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed so far. Due to your collective efforts and a very generous donation ($5,000!!!) from VSB vet Derek Bellard — won’t reveal his screename, but trust me when I say that each VSB regular would recognize it if I did — we’re up to $7,500. We’re aware that all donations, even the smaller ones, come from people’s hard earned money, and we greatly appreciate the fact that you all have enough faith in us to support the project.

With that being said, we’re still quite a ways from our goal. We have less than two weeks to raise over $12,000. But, although this may seem like a daunting task, we think we may actually be able to make a substantial dent in that number today.

How? Well, we are asking everyone — yes. everyone — who visits here today to go to our Indiegogo page and donate $5. Not $10. Not $20. Not $100. Just five bucks. That’s it.

With our usual daily traffic, we’d make a pretty nice dent if we received $5 from even 5% of the people who will visit the site today. I think we can do a little better than 5% percent, though.

Also, if you know anyone who may not be aware of VSB but would be interested in seeing a project like ours make it to the screen — and has five bucks to spare — please share Five Dollar Friday with them. Facebook, Twitter (with the #fivedollarfriday hashtag), email, word of mouth, and pigeons all work.

And, as a special perk, everyone who takes part in Five Dollar Friday today and today only will receive a PDF version of “Your Degrees Won’t Keep You Warm At Night.” If you’ve already read the book and don’t need another copy, I’m sure you might know someone who would, so regift it to them and tell them you bought it. They won’t know the difference.

Thank you, and happy Five Dollar Friday!

—Damon Young (aka “The Champ”)

Also, a special thanks to the following people who’ve supported the project.

Patrick Charles
Courtney Bethel
Canaan McCaslin
Ajamu Matthews
Mona Al Jneibi
Kimberly Johnson
Kalimah Vereen
Joe Edwards
LaToryria Matthews
Angela Dugan
Sebastian White
Marissa Joy
Shawn Morrow
Jason Lemon
Joel Penigar
John Porche
Marcus Williams
Adrean Mabry
Chandra Hampton
Yvonne Kennedy
Damon Young

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.

  • Jay
    • nillalatte

      LMAO… lame! :D

      • Jay

        Are you not ENTERTAINED?!?! **Maximus voice**

        • nillalatte

          I thought it was great! You’re awesome! You know! :D

    • Medium Meech

      This is probably one the best “Firsts” I’ve seen. Well played old chap.

      • Medium Meech

        Who knew that was the original sin? Explains why Liz was so quick with the trigger, it’s a Christian thing.

        • Jay

          …it all makes sense now.

    • CNotes

      Flawless! : )

  • nillalatte

    Yes! The TITANS won! WUT??? I was like totally floored. But, then again, the Steelers were down to their waterboy and equipment manager. There was no reason for them to lose! :D My Steeler friends are not happy with me right now. :P

    I saw what I believe was my first grand slam in the Giants/Reds game, and Biden beat a child (Ryan) on national television.

    In all, it’s been a good day. :D

    • Sweet GA Brown

      Biden taught Ryan how to stay in a child’s place. The debate was pure entertainment.

      • nillalatte

        Yes, yes it was. :D

    • “Yes! The TITANS won! WUT???”

      Are you trying to get banned?

      • nillalatte

        LMAO… I don’t get these moments often… be nice. I contributed to the project so you can give me a little slack, bruh. BOL

  • Where is the “Loose Women” perk? Here’s hoping the 20K presents itself.

    • that’s for 10gs. for that you have your choice of loose women or virgins

  • *looks at the books on P’s shelf* The Vagina Monologues; Act Like A Lady, Think Like a Man; Our Bodies, Ourselves, The Complete Works of Audre Lorde, Seventeen Magazine…not judging

    • p’s in touch with his feminine side and shit.

      • thats not true. i just put those there so that everybody would think i actually read books. i borrowed that background from a homeless man.

  • Iceprincess

    Oh snap, there’s a baller on VSB! I think it’s T×10inch or whateva. Idk why, i just do.

    • Sweet GA Brown

      I think its a lurker.

      • Iceprincess

        Nah, champ said we’d recognize his screen name. Its T×10inch, trust me. I can sniff out money like a bloodhound lmfao.

        • Breezy

          I agree, 10 gat that NASA money….I see you 10, I see you!!!!!!!!!!

          • Tx10inch


          • miss t-lee


        • Sweet GA Brown


        • Medium Meech

          I like that VSB is so much of it’s own reality that cats want to use their official government to protect their “real” identity. Even with VSB being searchable on google. VSB, realer than reality.

          • “I like that VSB is so much of it’s own reality that cats want to use their official government to protect their “real” identity. Even with VSB being searchable on google. VSB, realer than reality.”

            would this be irony?

            • Medium Meech

              Na, that’s called brand loyalty or “good will” in the fiancial world.

  • Breezy

    $5 contribution is done….all I know is I better not see Champ carrying a new murse.

    • why the unprompted hate on the butter murse?

    • chameleonic


      Panama DID just buy a house though. ijs.

      • i’m saying i copped that back in June though.

        • chameleonic

          k. well, I heard you have toilets carved of indian marble and turkish gold but, I’ll overlook that and I’ll see if I can get you guys a little more than five bucks. even though I’ve only been commenting for less than two weeks. and I don’t even buy girl scout cookies. or answer phone calls from Obama solicitors. but I literally went ‘awww’ when I saw in you in the video bc you look so sweet. I’m also lying, but that’s okay. I’ll contribute to your sitcom though! cuz by then I’ll have been part of the regular/community/process/journey.

          • chameleonic

            but I really will ask my father if he wants to donate. He’s always nice to people I support.

          • chameleonic

            ……and you really are adorable i justwannapinchyourcheekshessosweetyesheis. [*pinches your cheeks*]

            • lol. awww. i’m not sweet though. after that video, i went and slapped a bulldog and told him to man up.

              i’m gully.

              • chameleonic

                LOL dude you have a koolaid smile.

  • Rachmo

    Glad to know I’m not the only one weeping when the Steelers lose by motherffing field goals…again…

    • i’m slowly coming to grips with the fact that we just might not be very good this year

      • MJoy

        hush your face!

      • WVBody

        Hush! That’s the home team, you must always have hope!

      • Jay

        Sometimes you have to be realistic and submit to that “there’s always next year” swag. Sucks when you have to do it so early in the season. Such was last year for me as a Lakers fan… and look what happened!! / #nbaseasonstartsineighteendays

  • Stephy

    @Champ @Liz @PJ any of you can answer- When are you sending out the PDFs?

    • sometime next week, probably, once we’ve gathered the contact info from everyone who contributed today

  • Medium Meech

    The still of Andi in the vidoe looks like she is about to give whoever is behind the camera a waffle hosue kiss.

    • i’m certain she was

    • Andi

      Not the waffle house kiss doe’! Lol, love it!

      I’ll give a cyber waffle house kiss to everyone who donates ;)

      • Medium Meech

        So champ all but confirms it and you don’t deny it. I didn’t know scale for camera men included those kind of “french” benefits. Maybe I need to get on board with this project…

        • Andi

          lol! The camera man and I had a pre-existing arrangement. A similar agreement with a third party would put me in breach of contract ;)

          • Medium Meech

            There’s always the talent. The two actresses with the mocha skin and the Kat Williams perms are about my speed. And if Liz is in on the project… Besides, didn’t Obama get rid of discrimination based on per-existing conditions?

      • Jay

        Done. Waiting…**taps foot**
        P.S. Whats a Waffle House Kiss??
        P.S.S. Whats a Cyber Waffle House Kiss??

        • Medium Meech

          You never took a girl to the waffle house after the dance or the game and knew before you took her back home that the time between the waffle house and her front door was the only time to manifest so much teenage angst and hormones in in such a tight window in the form of an awkward, sloppy-delicious blueberry syrup and bubbleyum tinged kiss?

  • spottieottiedarlin

    donation– done! Thanks for not hitting my inbox all kamikaze style like Obama ‘nem. best of luck on your show!

    • lol, you may have spoken too soon. thanks, though

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