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The Very Smart Takeover

I spent the entire 4th of July grilling and mixing drinks for a crew of Mexican plankers and n*gger scientists, so I wasn’t able to write last night. And by “I spent the entire 4th of July grilling and mixing drinks for a crew of Mexican plankers and n*gger scientists” I mean “I was drunk between 2:30 pm and (approximately) now.”

But, although we don’t have anything new for VSB today, Panama and I have been quite busy expanding our writing horizons, and I thought I’d take some time today to share a few of the moves we’ve made to help make this VSB takeover complete.

First, I wanted to let you all know that I’ll be writing for The Good Men Project on a semi-regular basis. My first article there, “Eligible, Black, Male, and Hopelessly Single” — which shed light on the fact that there are actually “eligible” black men out there who genuinely want to be in a relationship (with a black woman!) but have trouble finding the right match — was their most popular article last week and was picked up by several publications, including NPR News and Clutch Magazine.

Panama has a new gig at The Stir, where he’s blogging about being a single dad, being black, dating, actually knowing his daughter’s favorite color, and being a black single dad who’s currently dating and actually knows his daughter’s favorite color. It’s not a game with Panama and the blogging about being a single black male father (who’s not in prison) game.

A new edition of my “Ask A Very Smart Brotha” advice column at Madame Noire posts every Wednesday, and is guaranteed to provide insight, humor, ratchetness, anger, and conspiracy theory (and those are just the comments)

Panama is still holding it down at GuySpeak, a place where (I’ve heard) he’s much, much nicer than he is at VSB. Show the BFF some love.

Also, I’ve been named head editor of The Hill Review, a new literary magazine that’s set to launch in September. Founded and funded by The August Wilson Center, it will offer long-form essays, articles, critiques, fiction, excerpts, and even editorial cartoons. Basically, think The New Yorker with a focus on all things African-American culture. You’ll be hearing more about this in the coming weeks. And yes, we’re unofficially accepting submissions right now. (Btw, I have no idea what “unofficially accepting submissions” even means.)

Lastly, I know we’ve done this a trillion times before, but each of us — Panama, Liz, and I — greatly appreciate all of the support you all have given us. Yes, we’ve put in a ton of work ourselves, but the success we’ve had and the doors this success has opened is largely due to VSB nation, and we’re forever indebted to you all and shit.

Thank you.

Anyway, people of, does anyone have any announcements to make? Any crazy 4th of July stories? Any planking pictures?

We’re all fam here and shit. Don’t be scared to share.

***1:25 am edit. Liz has a ton of awesomeness going on too, but she’s a bit less comfortable sharing in this space. Plus, she prefers to remain stealth. Easier for her to steal shit that way, I guess. Follow her at @calinative for the full Liz 411.***

—The Champ

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for 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 Or don't. Whatever.

  • im so proud of you and PeeJ!!!!!!! yall are doing big things and im so happy to see you all doing well and expanding your talents for more of the world besides just n*gger scientists to see!!!!!

    xoxox i pray for your continued successes, fellas. KUDOS!!!!

    p.s. im so glad you cleared up that “spending all day grilling” statement. because if i remember correctly, Ambs was the one holding it down after you basically gave up to be a lazy ninja with the other lazy ninjas (including That Damn African aka Ethiopian Boy)

  • Please stop with the planking?

  • I’m a lil nerved that a 4 year old child and someone else was stabbed literally a few feet from me down at the Inner harbor for fireworks. That will be my first and last time ever watching them in Baltimore..

    I saw someone planking on a grocery cart a few days ago while someone else filmed it. I stood, in awe..

    My daughter is turning 4 in a couple of weeks at exactly 4:10 am on the 19th. My how time flies

  • naturalista88

    Just wanna congratulate you guys (and gal) on all of your success. Definitely proud of y’all and I’ll be praying for your continued success and progress :D

  • h3avensent08

    i was really hoping that you guys would avoid making a post relating to “planking”… but it was a funny post..

  • OH! i do have an announcement!!!!!!

    im awesome.

    that is all.

    ok, no its not. my bday is on thursday July 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *plankz on deez hoez*

  • legitimate_soul

    Wonderful news of you all doing great things! Continued success to the 3 of you!

  • miss t-lee

    It’s Tuesday, and we’re still in the #Cancer era. Get into it. We fcukin’ rock! :-) that is all. Carry on.

  • Cris Until I Find a Clever Name

    Congrats to you and PJ on getting more shine and spreading VSB throughout the Universe! May the Takeover continue!

  • Imperfect

    Congratulations to you both (all?? No news from Liz??)!!
    I didn’t know guys used the term “BFF”…

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