Who I’m Iz In 5 Karakters Or Less…

1330010904_35icj4It’s Friday. And on Friday at VSB we try to have a little bit of fun around here. Well, a few days ago I made a few references to the movie Class Act which starred Kid and Play. I’ve long been associated with Kid. I always get told that I look like him, which I’m totally on the fence about. But real talk, I can totally associate with Kid’s character in the House Party movies. I didn’t have an overbearing comedian father who died and went to heaven in part two of my life story, but we are both lightskint.

Well, this got me to thinking, what five characters in movies or television shows, or whatever, would encompass the greatness that is Panama Jackson. And there’s a lot of greatness here to encompass.

So here’s my shot at picking characters that I think would best make up moi, Panama Dontavious Jackson.

1. Harper Stewart (The Best Man)

Minus admitting to be a b*tch a**, Harp was an ole writing arse ninja who put too much of his business out there for world consumption and paid for it dearly.  He almost got thrown from a roof. That’s never happened to me as I’m not Vanilla Ice (even if it is a myth I find it hilarious), but the writing and putting it all out there is similar. I’ll take the Oprah shoutout but you know she ain’t caaaaaaallll me? Anyway, Harp’s on my list.

2. Andre “Dre” Ellis (Brown Sugar)

I promise I won’t make this a Taye Diggs-a-thon. But Dre was the hiphop dude who got caught up in trying to keep it real while trying to keep it profitable. Hello, VSB? Constant struggle. Granted, I feel like his hiphop knowledge was a bit fugazi and mine is extensive as a ninja rocking Extenze with a Swedish penis pump, but thats just splitting hairs.

3. Preston Meyers (Can’t Hardly Wait)

I was the quintessential guy everybody knew who was pining away for the girl who had no clue I existed back in high school. Though thats not completely true. I had a girlfriend. I just shouldn’t have. But I did have a crush on a girl back then. And she ain’t care. But I was a cool kid and everybody knew me. The stoners loved my theories. The skaters loved my wheels. The black folks were my friends and the white folks respected my intellect. I was cooler than you. Word to the guy who sings that song.

4. Steve Urkel (Family Matters)

Hopeless romantic with a good heart extraordinaire. And the killer glasses and suspenders set. Not in 2013. But in 1995? Awwww…that’s me.

5. Will Smith (Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)

I was never really a Theo. I was more Will. But Will who applied himself in class and school. But even now. I’m cool as a fan but goofy as all get out. Goofy in the…well I don’t know how to describe it fully, I just know that in my own estimation, I feel like i matchup well with Will Smith from the Fresh Prince. I could be lying to myself, but now I’m lying to you all too.

So those are 5 characters that I feel help make up the essence of Panama Jackson. Who makes up the essence of you? And why? Share with us like you are Brother Numpsey.

It’s Friday. Happy weekending.

Somebody’s birthday is Monday.


You’ve Got…Personality!


That damn Lloyd Price…you go boy.

Long time ago (long long time ago…long time ago <—- name that reference, and if you get that you are WAAAAY good) here on VSB, we used to reserve Fridays for a sort of “getting to know you” experience amongst the readers. We figured that we had such a dope community we should learn as much about folks as possible. Plus all of the icebreakers (of sorts) were good for getting lurkers out of hiding and introducing ninjas to new ninjas.

So I’m about to bring it back to the bottom of the map. One of the funnest ways to learn about yourself and others around you is via personality tests. So I figured, what the hell, let’s all take a short one and one we’re all familiar with: The Jung Typology test. I told the test and it turns out that I’m an ENTP.

They are intensely curious and continuously probe for possibilities, especially when trying to solve complex problems. Inventors are filled with ideas, but value ideas only when they make possible actions and objects. Thus they see product design not as an end in itself, but as a means to an end, as a way of devising the prototype that works and that can be brought to market. Inventors are confident in their pragmatism, counting on their ability to find effective ways and means when they need them, rather than making a detailed blueprint in advance. A rough idea is all they need to feel ready to proceed into action.


Inventors often have a lively circle of friends and are interested in their ideas and activities. They are usually easy-going, seldom critical or carping. Inventors can be engaging conversationalists, able to express their own complicated ideas and to follow the ideas of others. When arguing issues, however, they may deliberately employ debate skills to the serious disadvantage of their opponents.

Well I’ll be a monkey’s uncle, that sounds about right. Basically, I will tear you apart with my vicious rhetoric…then take you out for a shot later on that night. I’m like a Sweet-n-Sour Gummy bear. I’m fairly certain that those that know me might agree. Basically…punks jump up to get beat down. Or something.

Anyway…take the test and peep your personality type. It’s a fun way to kill time and then we can all find out how we stack up. Do you agree with your description? Why or why not?

Oh, by the way, #geminiseason is coming. Happy Friday, VSB. Happy Friday.

And as a special treat, please check out the 3rd episode of WTF Iz Rong w/ Panama Jackson. It’s on like Donkey Kong.

And dont’ forget to cop your VSB crewneck while the weather outside is still frightful and what not. The shirts were borne out of a collaboration with Coliseum Apparel and VSB. The shirts are dope and be on the look out for a photoshoot coming soon!

Cash Rules Everything Around Me, CREAM get the money…dolla dolla bill y’all.

Petey out.


work it, baby

if the definition of insanity is doing the exact same thing over and over and expecting different results, and if i claim that women are inherently insane, does this make me insane as well? if not insane, then, ummm, do i have insane tendencies? whats the food like at western psych? if a black blogger writes a piss-poor exposition in the woods, will anybody read it?

who knows.

all i know is that these were a few of the thoughts that first came to mind last night, when thinking of my ghosts of relationship past, and realizing that every woman i’ve ever had at least moderate feelings for has either been in education or heath care in some way or form.

every. no exceptions.

you can make multiple conclusions from this, but the one that’s most apparent is the fact that these careers usually attract the same type of personalities. generally speaking, women who choose these types of careers tend to be the nurturing, caring, practical, family oriented types. basically, relationship-ey chicks. i dont intentionally highlight “assistant principal” or “nurse” when i’m reviewing the hundreds of relationship resumes i’m sent everyday, but i do usually find myself extremely erect if they attach a pic in their uniform can’t ignore that this pattern exists.

this realization gave birth to a few questions.

people of vsb…

1. is there a career that just does it for you? are you lascivious for lawyers? hot for horticulturalists? randy for realtors? wet for welders? do historiographers get you hard? do therapists get the tingle? do surgeons make you squirt? sculptors make you skeet? engineers make you eat?

***ok.  i’m done. as you can see, i was having far too much fun with this.***

2. is there a close symmetry between the personality type you claim to be attracted to, and the career paths of people you usually date?

3. on the flipside, could you be with someone whose work you didn’t respect?

for instance, lets say you’re dating a successful artist who’s extremely passionate about her work. she’s physically attractive and has a great personality, but…you think that her “art” resembles what happens when your two year old nephew pees on the bathroom wall, and the fact that people actually spend good money on it makes you physically ill when you think about it.  if you weren’t dating this woman and you happened across a piece of her artwork in a storefront, you’d want to murder the person responsible. is there a future there?

also, i’m not over-generalizing when i say that there are certain careers associated with certain genders. you can argue whether it’s justified or unjust, but you can’t argue that it’s true. i’d also argue that this is more of an issue/concern for women, than men. with that being said…

4. ladies, would you have a problem being serious with a guy in a “feminine” profession (ie: interior decorator, hairdresser, secretary, etc)? if so, why?

5. is the champ insane?

thoughts and sh*t?

***also, for those in the pittsburgh area, the champ, as well as a few other vsb-ers, will be at the ava lounge in east liberty friday night for the urban league young professionals of greater pittsburgh’s “urban chic” event. please come if you’ve always wanted to be awed by the champ’s black leather glory spike gem or ivy’s drinks***

—the champ