The VSB Takeover: Part II

We know. Thanks for the compliment, though

So, there’s a strong chance that things are going to be a little different around here in the near future. Don’t be alarmed. This isn’t a bad thing. It’s just that our diabolic plan for world domination is making us quite busy nowadays, and we may be adding (and subtracting) some aspects to VSB.

How busy? Well, I won’t divulge everything that’s going on behind the scenes just yet, but for now…

Let’s start off with the lovely Liz Burr, who’s producing a new web series for Moguldom Media Group. Titled “She’s The Boss“, it features one-on-one interviews and profiles of successful black business women in NYC.  (I think it’s just a contrived way for Liz to eventually interview herself on camera, but don’t tell her I said that)

Panama and I have begun working on our second book. I won’t tell you exactly what it’s about yet, but I’ll give you a hint: I touched on the topic in an post this week.

And speaking of “Your Degrees Won’t Keep You Warm At Night“, we’re thisclose to signing off on something pretty amazing. Just waiting for a couple of lawyers to, um, do whatever it is that lawyers do before we can publicly say exactly what it is.

You might recall  me mentioning a few months ago that I was named head editor of an online New Yorker-ish magazine that’s launching in the fall. Well, that magazine has a name now — The Hill Review — and a launch date (Sept. 12th). Our web designer (Yup. Huny. We’re rocking with the best.) is still working out a few kinks on our yet to be completed homepage, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t add us on our brand spanking new Twitter and Facebook pages right now. Also, although our super snarky submissions policy isn’t ready for public consumption just yet (Seriously, this thing is a work of art. It’s especially funny if you read it with Russell Brand’s voice. ), I wouldn’t let it stop you from sending us something at submissions@thehillreview.com if you’re interested in contributing in some manner. “Some manner” could be a poem, an excerpt, a piece of fiction, an essay, a query, a pitch, or whatever.

Don’t worry. We do bite, but they’re (usually) non-lethal.

As usual, Panama and I have been making our way around the web as well.

Panama was recently interviewed by The Statesman for a look at online dating and social media. Don’t forget that you can find him at The Stir and GuySpeak as well.

My “Ask A Very Smart Brotha” column at Madame Noire is still going strong. This week, I addressed the futility of being a “ride-or-die” chick and why you shouldn’t kill your man’s dreams.

Also, Latoya Peterson of Racialicious asked me to take part in a very, very interesting roundtable discussion about interracial dating. Split into four parts, you can find the first part of the conversation here.

Lastly, yesterday’s conversation about race and tipping and waiters with superiority complexes will continue next week at The Good Man Project, as I agreed to let them repost “The White Person’s Guide To Black People, Part 5″. Mosey on over there on Monday if you still need to get some things off your chest.

Anyway, that’s enough from me today. Does anyone else have anything new and exciting and sh*t that they want to share? The carpet is yours.

—The Champ

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Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a contributing editor for EBONY.com. He resides in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes.

  • http://panamaenrique.wordpress.com Malik

    I’m really proud of all three of you.

    • Andi


    • Rice and Spice


      • Yoles


        • Nell


          • http://www.wildcougarconfessions.com Wild Cougar


            • Royale W. Cheese

              n + 1

              • LA2Tally


    • CurlyTop

      + deez

  • Girl Kanyeshrug

    Congratulations you guys!!!!!

  • SheWhoReads

    I start my PhD on Monday.

    And congrats to VSB and the in-house VSS!

    • Yoles


      • http://tdlove.wordpress.com Tonya

        Yay!!! We need more Dr’s in the world. :)

      • http://panamaenrique.wordpress.com Malik

        From a career college student Yoles.

        • Yoles

          im too lazy for a PhD program though so i’m very impressed with people that can stick it out!!

          • SheWhoReads

            I definitely have to stick it out but the best part is when I’m finished, I’m done. This degree is terminal.

            • LA2Tally


    • Andi

      Go ‘head She Who Reads!!!

    • Hawaii

      Hey now! You got this… handle it by the horns & don’t ever give up.
      Many blessings to you :)

      • Leonie UK


      • SheWhoReads

        Thanks! I hope so. There are not too many black folks in my department so I think I’ll have to rep the race for the next four to five years and I definitely can’t give up on my people.

        • http://www.wildcougarconfessions.com Wild Cougar

          Two snaps up.

    • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      YASSSSSS! Here’s to calling you Dr. SheWhoReads, in the future. (which, that’s a great persona… especially with the Dr. in front.)

      • SheWhoReads

        I love it, Cheekie!!!!! Thanks!!!!

    • http://www.theleftsidepoets.wordpress.com MicTheMessenger

      Good look, SheWhoReads!

      Whatchu going for?

      • SheWhoReads

        English Literature with a concentration in 19th and 20th century African-American Literature.

        • http://www.theleftsidepoets.wordpress.com MicTheMessenger

          …I’m lightweight envious of you. That sounds like mad fun…but im a lightweight book worm…

    • http://twitter.com/#!/_chunk_ chunk

      Standing ovay.

    • Perfect Square

      Great! Best wishes!

    • http://twitter.com/#!/legitimate_soul legitimate_soul

      Excellent! I wish you the best :)

    • Royale W. Cheese

      Congrats and the best of luck!

  • http://lizburr.com Liz

    Hahahaha @ interviewing myself!

    Seriously, we’ve got some cool ladies on deck for the show. Ya’ll should check it out: http://madamenoire.com/shestheboss

    • http://lizburr.com Liz

      P.S. why did somebody come to my blog today and ask me why I stopped writing for VSB? LOLOLLL. I was like, first of all I never really wrote there consistently lol….

      • WayUPThere

        Cuz the VSPs miss Liz

        • Yoles

          & me2

        • Andi


          • http://lizburr.com Liz

            awww I miss you guys too!

    • http://iamyourpeople.com I Am Your People

      I think Liz should be interviewed by her other VSB avatar

      • http://twitter.com/#!/NewYork2VA NY2VA

        LMAO!! That would be dope!

      • http://www.pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

        YES! Of course, the one she is sporting now will be the Sasha Fierce of the avatars.

  • http://www.beezandhunny.com Beez

    …cause VSB ain’t nothing ta f*ck with.
    *sign language*
    *crip walks away*

    • http://www.theleftsidepoets.wordpress.com MicTheMessenger


  • keisha brown

    VSB taking over the WORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRLD!!!
    *rides on Cheekie’s 1st class coattails on the VSB domination tour.


    Proud (international) member of VSB Nation

    • Leonie UK


      • Jimna


  • Sagey Bear

    No. I am now anti-vsb. I am a hater. I’m never coming back.

    • Sagey Bear

      After I read a few comments. I, ain’t worth sh.. Ain’t doing sh and ain’t going to ever do sh. Unfortunately I read books for nothing. I’m so uncle ruckus…you may hate me now.

      • bumilla


        you need jeebus.

      • nillalatte

        LOL… dats okay Sagey. We can hang on the beach together and be total bums. Cool? :D

      • http://www.wildcougarconfessions.com Wild Cougar

        Muah! Love ya! *snicker*

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        LOL but see that’d just make you a well-read L7. Very good thing, sir.

    • http://jouromeo.blogspot.com Sagey Bear

      Wow, I thought I was making an ironic statement because I really appreciate the living sh_t out of vsb, the creators and patrons. I expected more responses like bumilla’s but really instead y’all made me feel like I was subtexting a cry for attention. Perhaps.

      Nillalatte, just getting to the point where I’m not surprised that people can appreciate a person like me. I know what I’m worth but that doesn’t mean others will/do. Some of the greatest minds both artistically and scientifically weren’t appreciated until after they were gone. I feel like my love will be appreciated similarly. You make me feel oppositely.<–too emotional for the internet. lol

      Wild Cougar, tbh, you scare me irl. Not because of anything other than I have seen a glimpse of you through/beyond your words. I still think you are a kind and well intending person. I wish some things went differently but the way things go is how they are meant to be. Otherwise, they would have gone differently. Thus, we argue. :-)

      A Woman's Eyes,
      What is the purpose of being without intent. Content without intent is akin to idle hands. Learning for the sake of a greed or absorption without necessity makes the L7 precisely that.

      With that said, Congrats to the VSB squad, they handle business and keep the progress moving like only they know how to do. I am proud of them as I am sure we all are and as I am sure we all should be. I wish them to continue intrepid in the face of resistance and difficulties. May they grow as the magic seeds of hope did for Jack.

      Anyways….it's all love.

  • Masiotso

    You guys deserve all the goodness coming your way and I’m happy to be a witness to it. I do love VSB and Liz!

  • http://iamyourpeople.com I Am Your People

    I’ve already gone to Amazon to pre-order my copy of “Tip DEEZ Whitey: A N*gga’z Guide to Restaurant Etiquette”

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5FR1LGsT7E TheAnti-Cool

      I want this yesterday. Signed, sealed and delivered to Mista Piggy.

    • Royale W. Cheese

      Awesome. May I suggest a companion book called “The Negro’s Guide to Putting Waiters to Task Just to Ruin Their Mah-Fuggin Day”?

      • http://twitter.com/#!/NewYork2VA NY2VA

        There’s also a new e-book called “Just Gimme My Gaht-Damn Coat Bish: Tales of the Coat Check and Other Kneegrow Unpleasantries.”

        • StillSuga


        • http://www.wildcougarconfessions.com Wild Cougar

          People in the airport giving me the side eye, laughing so hard.

    • LA2Tally


  • http://twitter.com/_boron Boron the Negromancer

    It’s just that our diabolic plan for world domination is making us quite busy nowadays.

    *stands at the home plate in perfect batting stance, focuses…then shrugs and walks away*

    Meh. Too easy.

    • http://twitter.com/_boron Boron the Negromancer

      Congratulations. In other news:
      -Michael Baisden is releasing a documentary about love and lust later this year. I saw an abridged cut last week. It seems like he is really trying to push the swinging lifestyle.
      -Penguin (the publisher) IS counting on Black people to flip out over that Wall Street Journal article about Black women’s dating prospects. All so that it can sell lots of copies of “Is Marriage for White People?” I found about this about two weeks ago from an anonymous source.
      -Your arch-nemesis (besides Yours Truly) Steve Harvey is developing a talk show about relationships for 2012maybe he will usher in the end of the world before I do?

      This message is brought to you by United Negro Carnage Fund. Because I have a mind to get terribly wasted.

      • SunaoButterfly

        “maybe he will usher in the end of the world before I do”

        Harold Camping on October 21st, Mayans on December 21st, what’s your proposed date? Cuz, ya know, this is some real serious sht.

        • http://twitter.com/_boron Boron the Negromancer

          You will know when it occurs. Bwa ha ha ha!

      • Royale W. Cheese

        Michael Baisden…I think he is the very first glimpse I’ve ever had of a future dirty old scumbag creep in his younger years.