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Little Ways I Help The World Be A Better Place Every Day

Panama Jackson                                                                                (Panama Jackson/VSB)


If I cold teach the world to be a thug in harmony, then I would teach the world to be a thugsta just like me.

These are words I say to myself many times as I’m out here in these streets helping out adults, and kissin’ children and babies and telling them that everything’s gon’ be alright, like Treach told Vinnie the first time Vinnie tried to box with God.

My leather so soft; Vinnie’s arms so short.

Those words via Bone Thugs – N- Harmony often resonate because I believe the children are our future. But if I don’t help by, say, healing the world and making it a better place for you and for me and the entire human race then our children won’t have any place to be the future in. So every single day, I make it a point to give back; to philanthropize as the millennial generation likes to refer to itself by doing volunteer work and donating not only to Sallie Mae (face it, some folks degrees ain’t worth sh*t…your education is a straight up donation to Sallie Mae) but also to various causes, charities, and foundations. You’d never hear me call myself a philanthropist because my giving tends to be more…well…it’s probably better I just give you some examples.

1. I pull the door closed when I walk out of the work bathroom so that nobody outside hears the struggle dumps happening in said bathroom

There is NOTHING worse than going to the restroom and having to hear somebody struggle through their visit. Full grunts, labored noises…I swear sometimes it sounds like labor is happening in there. Well, I’d hate to open the door as I walk out and have the entire organization hear somebody dying in there, so I make sure to pull the door closed quickly as opposed to letting it float closed. Sure they don’t know I’m doing it…but I’m doing it and doing it and doing it well because I’m a freakin’ humanitarian. I care dammit. I care.

2. I tell women when their bras are showing if it seems unintentional

Yes, I’m looking. I like textiles. Sue me. But hey, my guess is that you didn’t intend for that bra strap to make an appearance so I’m just doing you a solid. This way you need not be concerned about anything appearance related as you gallivant through the world, thereby, making you a happier and more esteemed-positive individual ready to take on that glass ceiling of life! He’s not your Panama, he’s our Panama.

3. I say, “hey, you got a boogie” if you do, indeed, have a “boogie”

3a. I say “hey, you got food in your teeth” if you do, indeed, have food in your teeth

If you have food or boogie, I will inform you. Nothing pisses me off more than finding out after I’ve spoken to the 3rd person that I’ve got food in my teeth. Especially after EXTENSIVE convos with other people who clearly saw it and didn’t inform me. Inform me, be! Inform me! You can upgrade me! It’s cool. I swear like All-4-One. I provide this service because I am out here on my we are the world game, pimpin.

WORLD CUP! (Who you got? Money’s on Brazil right?)

4. I don’t step on bugs if I can help it…unless they’re in my house where I teach valuable lessons and make examples

I’m a person who believes in a balance between man and nature. If I’m outside in a bugs house, I leave them be. If I see a snake on the sidewalk, I walk to the other sidewalk. It’s a respect thing, ya know?

5. I leave change behind so people can discover and feel like they just won the smallest lottery ever

We have a bunch of vending machines in my building. Well, most the candy is like 95 cents. So on the occasion when my sweet tooth beckons and I get me some candies, I will pay with a dollar bill and leave the last 5 cents in the coin return slot so that the next person who gets some candies only pays 90 cents instead of 95 since they will find an extra nickel. Isn’t that nice of me?

That’s my tiny contribution to world peace and ecological betterment. What are you doing to contribute to the cause!?



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Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly (and gorgeous) for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. He refuses to eat cocaine chicken. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future. You can hit him on his hitter at

  • nillalatte

    I’ve started a ‘hump day’ celebration at work. I went to the store and got ChocoRocks which can be purchased by the pound. It really does look like little rocks/pebbles used to decorate whatever. I got some small dessert plates and scooped out equal portions on each plate, then I delivered the candy to each person in the office around 3p. That’s when folks usually need an afternoon pick me up. Most looked at the plate and said, “What is it?” LOL They really thought I was trying to feed them rocks. I love starting new ‘traditions.’

  • Tonja (aka Cheeks)

    My cheeks. Pinch them.

    • kidvideo

      That’s how babies get born.

      • IcePrincess

        Bam chickie bow wow….

        • kidvideo

          No fluffer needed…

    • Sahel

      * Joyously pinches them sweet cheeks *

  • Abu Husain

    I knock before using the staff restroom. You’d be surprised how many people just go for the door without a courtesy knock.

    • blackphilo

      Is there a lock on the door? If so, why shouldn’t people assume that an occupied single-occupancy restroom, especially in public, would be locked?

      Something tells me that your workplace isn’t mainly Black. I’d like to believe that Black folks are still leaders in earthy common sense.

      • Abu Husain

        Correct. There are only three of us there.

      • Sahel

        Hehe,i have a friend who works with this massive company. The head honcho is swedish and she had the bathrooms changed to unisex to battle sexism. Now just add the whole angle of people just walking in….

        • I hope the company puts locks on the bathroom doors. LOL

          • Sahel

            Dude,the guy stopped using the company bathrooms. What do you think

        • Keisha

          I think the mayor did this in Houston…or is trying to do this for public restrooms.

  • IcePrincess

    You kno what, P? At least u paying it forward. I kno I get geeked up if I find money in the slot, especially if it’s a quarter lol #rns

    • Val

      The only place I ever find money is at the bus stop and on the bus.

  • Val

    I root for the Spurs.

    • Sahel

      I stated that Duncan will get his 5th.

      • IcePrincess

        Yep, he’ll tie wit Kobe, only he older, so it’s even better

    • Msdebbs

      Yeah I love you Val but I had to thumb you down on this one.

  • IcePrincess

    While the spurs were whuppin up on da heat, did anyone else hear that song in their head, we dem boys…..lmfaoooo

    • IcePrincess

      And I know plenty folks, including Champ & Tristan, are certified LB d!ck-riders, lol. So tonight I say to all of you, bwahahaaaaa. I’m jus drunk af right now, talkin ish :)

      • Val

        You so crazy, IP. Lol

      • Sahel

        How drunk..lets say you looked at Val,would you hit on her drunk

        • IcePrincess

          Chile, anybody in their right mind would hit on Val, she gorgeous! #neverbeenahater

          • Sahel

            I wouldnt,she has an evil look in her eye

            • IcePrincess

              They said she put her whole pic up one time, jus real quick. Errbody say she bad.

              • Sahel

                VSB myths,smh.

            • kidvideo

              Someday that eye gonna turn AK out & have her lookin for property in Frisco;-)

              • Val

                If only dreams came true. Lol

                • Sahel


          • Val
  • Sahel

    I always compliment every woman i meet.

    • nillalatte

      Waiting… waiting… waiting… *taps toes

      • Msdebbs

        me too..

        • Sahel

          You have such sensual face,i bet you can display any range of emotions

          • Msdebbs

            LMAO……only if you knew………………………………………………………………………….

      • Sahel

        You have to give me something to work with,not one eye ball

  • Msdebbs

    I do the change thing too…
    I’m letting my freeloading sister stay with me rent free until she finishes school (again)
    I always hold the door for old folks and other coming in behind me
    And I root for my team regardless how much they sucked tonight….die hard fan don’t hate.

    • Val

      There’s always next year. #soreloserheatfans :-)

      • Sahel

        The Heat just don’t have the fire this year. That’s the problem with the Eastern conference,it does not make you bleed to get to the top. The Western conference is crazy with every team a potential cinderella

        • Msdebbs

          Part of me wants to agree with you on this…..

          • Sahel

            Which part

    • Sahel

      You are a good sister,for letting her finish,again,

    • veryaveragebrotha

      “And I root for my team regardless now matter how much they sucked tonight”

      There is nothing noble about sticking by a professional sports team. They are a business. It’s like sticking by walmart….which is perfectly ok to do…you just don’t get a cookie.

    • Since you’re one of the few, the proud, the loyal Miami Heat fans who actually know who Tim Hardaway is, I have to salute you. :)

  • Geneva Girl

    I’m with you on telling people that they have something hanging out of their nose or in their teeth. I would want to know just like when the tag on my shirt is sticking up.

    I try to toss the spiders outside. They kill mosquitos and flies so I like spiders. I let my fly-obsessed husband and crazy daughter run around with the electronic tennis raquet gizmo to kill away to their heart’s content.

    It’s hard to say with the bra thing. If she looks upstanding or old enough to be embarrassed, I say something. If she looks like she wanted it to show or is a teenager hanging out, I say nothing. I went to a music festival last weekend and if I’d said something to every 15 and 16-year old who had her ta-tas barely covered by her bra which was barely covered, I’d have never heard the music. In fact, at that same show I decided that I hate teenage girls. They have NO sense and they dress like hookers.

    The thing I do which is highly awkward is telling men to zip their fly, especially if there are kids around. I’m not purposely looking at their crotch, but I’m short and some men are tall. Whenever I mention it, I always avert my eyes. Guys are at first embarrassed, but then grateful.

    My favorite is telling old ladies that their wig is askew. I don’t actually tell them, but mime twisting my hair into place. They always laugh.

    Those are my contributions to the greater good.

    • I went to a music festival last weekend and if I’d said something to
      every 15 and 16-year old who had her ta-tas barely covered by her bra
      which was barely covered, I’d have never heard the music. In fact, at
      that same show I decided that I hate teenage girls. They have NO sense
      and they dress like hookers.

      I see someone is a hater. Don’t you wish you were that “perky” again? ;-)

    • Sahel

      Now,now you have to let any woman between the age of 16 to 24 dress in a way that shows off that not affected by gravity body. It’s only natural.

  • First, I am super-duper hype because my Bougie Black Girl shirt got here last night! I’d wear it to work today, but I don’t feel like explaining.

    To the topic at hand:

    -I help people with their resumes and cover letters. It’s surprising how many folks really don’t know how to make themselves look good on paper.

    -In traffic jams, I’ll let two cars in before I do the “Kermit face.”

    -I genuinely try to encourage someone everyday.

    • LMNOP

      I help people with resumes and cover letters too. I actually enjoy doing it, even though I am so sick of applying for jobs myself, and can’t wait till I get a full time job with benefits and can stop working on my own cover letters.

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