the four best things about winter

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last week produced pittsburgh’s first real taste of winter weather, with wind chills so violent that the mere thought of any outdoor activity induced some of the most awkwardly vulgar obscenities known to man. seriously, in the block walk from crazy mocha to my apartment last thursday, my brain was so appalled by the cold that it somehow convinced me that screaming “sh*tty goat nipples!!!” repeatedly would some how make it better. it didn’t

despite this, I always get a little giddy during this time of year. winter remains far and away my favorite season, and here’s four reasons why: Continue reading

how helena andrews (and every other successful and lonely young black woman) can improve her luck

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i’ve never met helena andrews, and i most likely never will.

but, after reading “successful, black, and lonely” and watching the corresponding video, i can say that i’ve known, dated, slept with, talked to, discussed, consoled, admonished, sympathized with, and theorized about her my entire adult life.

i also know that her washington post profile will probably spawn a nation-wide discussion about the perpetually single successful black female of the saks fifth serengeti, and that ms andrews and her upcoming memoir (“bitch is the new black”) will be dissected, debated, and dichotomized more times than drake’s appeal.

admittedly, i don’t know exactly why ms. andrews herself is single. her lonely lot could be due to anything from bad choices, bad luck, and bad timing to haughtiness, hopelessness, and halitosis. but, i’ve known enough of her doppelgangers to have a pretty good idea of a few things she might be able to do (or stop doing) to improve her fortune: Continue reading

five completely selfish reasons why i’ve never cheated

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although i’ve always suspected that i live in a bit of a vacuum, the conversations i’ve had, heard, and read over the past couple of weeks have basically confirmed this. apparently infidelity is the new 30, and my lack of experience in this arena apparently either means that i’m hopelessly behind the cheating curve (the preferred option) or so undesirable that both me and the equally undesirable women i’ve chosen to be with exist in cheat-free alternate universes (the, ummm, unpreferred option)

thing is, even if you disregard the “cheating is wrong and sh*t” thought, the idea of cheating has never even really been a relevant issue for me, for five completely separate and somewhat selfish reasons. Continue reading

5 Good Songs From Artists You’d Least Expect

ATTN: TODAY WE ARE BRINGING YOU A DOUBLE HEADER (NO TYRA). AFTER YOU CHECK OUT THIS POST, PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE FIRST EPISODE OF OUR PODCAST!! CLICK HERE TO LISTEN (at least check out our theme music!).

Let’s have some fun today. This past week has been full of ups and downs and somebody even said that the week’s posts weren’t helping them thru their relationship troubles.

You can’t fight crime if you’re out murdering mofos, now can you?

So today, let’s go in a different direction and put a spotlight on people who aren’t used to the spotlight – at least not for good reasons. Since I’m the music guy over here at VSB, and despite some folks taking shots at the King’s musical selections, I figure that I should remind you that even the worst artists can make some good music from time to time. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, today is the day where I show you that hope really does float and that there are always gems in the ocean and diamonds in the rough. Continue reading

The VSB Files – Episode 001: And So It Begins…

beginningCheck out our inaugural VSB podcast as The Champ and Panama Jackson wax philosophical on just who the hell Liz is and what she does, Beyonce and what she is to mankind and potentially beyond, the greatness of T-Boz, and how some women JUST can’t get this break up sh*t right.

Welcome to the next level.

Maybe nobody’s going to see Otis, but The Champ and Panama Jackson?

We the voices.

Right Click/Save As: And So It Begins…

Alternate download link here.