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Then One Where We Recap National VSB Day Happy Hours

I’m so tired. My voice is gone. Folks came. We saw. We conquered.

Shoutouts to everybody who came out to the DC National VSB Happy Hour. Let’s do a quick recap since quite frankly, I’d really like to be sleeping but I do this for my culture.

I was a little worried at first. Despite having more RSVPs than a mothertrucker, between the hours of 5-6pm, there might have been 10 people. Which isn’t so bad, I mean, most people in DC get off at 5pm. It was cool and all, but I can’t lie, I was slightly worried.

All of those fears were allayed by 630pm when it looked like Black DC came out in full force to Tap & Parlour at Bohemian Caverns for some quality libations, food, and fun. With that said, here are a few things that come to mind about tonight’s happy hour:

1) I love how when you bring a bunch of ninjas together in DC, a Howard vs Morehouse/Spelman convo and debate breaks out. I shall always have the last word though. Take that Howardites!!!!!

2) I signed somebody’s hand. I did not however, sign any boobs, much to the chagrin of one particular VSS. I’m sure she’ll make mention of it.

3) I love that dudes actually came out. Hell, I’m not even sure some of these dudes ever heard of VSB. They just rolled by and saw a locale full of women and realized that wherever they were going wasn’t going to look like what they had seeent.

4) I have no idea if most folks actually met anybody new or not (well aside from me, who met damn near everybody), but everybody looked like they were enjoying theirselves. This made me happy. And a happy Panama Jackson loves squirrels.

5) Somebody ACTUALLY lost on bet on whether or not my real name was Panama Jackson. I was more amazed that the bet was made in the first place. And yes, they lost because as we all know, my real name is not Panama Jackson.

6) I can’t say how much entertainment I get out of folks curiousity about whether or not I’m a 3. Therefore, I put on a tshirt that had a 3 on it.

7) I actually gave relationship advice…well here’s another hit Barry Bonds.

8) For those who were curious, yes, that was my daughter.

9) I have to say this, mostly because it’s hilarious to me. There was a significant enough amount of guys at the event who could have hollered at any number of women…except they didn’t really…branch out. All those women…and I had to entertain them all. Though there were a few cats who definitely did their part.

10) Shoutouts to my folks (you know who you are because I specifically told you all how much I really appreciate you all coming to all of our events). I can’t tell you all how humbling it was to have SO many folks come out to an event put on by VSB.

Anyway, thats enough and I’m tired. I’d rather hear from other people in every other city how the event went. Let us know. Let everybody know. DC was off the hook and hopefully some of the folks in DC will chime in and share their thoughts.

Basically, if you went, let us know…

And mostly, thanks to everybody who came out to any event in any city. And Liz, thanks for putting it all together.


***Attn Pittsburgh-Area VSBs and VSS’s. On Saturday, Feb. 12th, The August Wilson Center is hosting a screening of Love Jones and a Q & A session with Theodore Witcher, the writer and director of the film. The pre-screening reception starts at 6:30, and tickets are $15. Hope to see you there!!!***

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Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly 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. 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.

  • fatgrlatheart

    #confession – i never thought it was your real name, until I saw the book cover and said “wait, this mofo’s name is really panama jackson???” What can i say? I was having a slow moment.

  • Skrap

    Atlanta was real chill. The talent (ladies gathered) was unmatched. Beautiful women, a great atmosphere, good drinks, Oreo cheesecake and the band that played at the spot was more than on point. All in all, new friends were made and the theory that smart is sexy was definitely proven. Good work, folk!


  • L Boogie

    DC was great! The locale was awesome, the food was amazing, the drinks were on point…and for happy hour prices? Awesome…so nice to see so many people out (even though all the dudes were huddled in one spot lol), and its always nice to support such a great group of writers/people. I got my book signed by the world’s greatest 3, so im happy…:-)

    You still shoulda signed her boobs, doe.

  • Anastasia!!!

    I’m so sad that I wasn’t able to attend the LA VSB day – As a ninjette with two jobs, tonight I had to work and make a little paper :-/

    I hope everyone had a great time!! Someone give a re-cap of Lala land!!!!

    Soon we’ll have some VSBabies happening!!!


    And lol at “Giiiiirrrl… Is he 3?” Haha!

  • Ashleigh

    NYC happy hour was great! Even for the short time I was there it was so worthwhile. I made my friend go to the one in DC as she is new to the area and was lookin to meet some nice folks. She wasnt even a fan of the blog but met a potential boo and had a good time except for all the shots you made at her hometown of Detroit, lol. Good times had by all. Let’s do it again!

  • Sea Jay Bee

    The Chicago gathering went really well. It was a great way to cap off a busy day in a freezing city. I took Panama’s advice and avoided holding up the wall (thanks Cheekie for running a pick and stopping me on my attempt on leaving!) and got to meet a cool group of Chicagoans. The music was on point (thanks Vince Adams) and we got to see Kobe put in work and Ray Allen set the 3-point record.

    I wasn’t even salty when I saw a parking ticket on my car after I left!

  • That girl

    The NYC joint was nice and classy. It was awesome meeting the local VSBs and VSSs and the lone saxophone player (rando!)… unfortunately I didn’t get to connect with the bow-tied cutie I made prolonged (but not creepy) eye contact with, but there’s always next VSB Day! #missedconnections

  • Buxxy

    NYC was fun. I had fun hosting with Evelyn and I hope everyone enjoyed the location. I was not shocked by the amount of women… It has become normal that ratio at events. However I was slightly saddened by the men. All of the men were good looking and generally nice but chose to stick in bunches and not branch out. Matter fact, there were some women that did the same. ::shrug:: I don’t know, it just seemed pointless to come if you weren’t going to be active. Luckily I pulled my hostess card and made a few rounds. All in all I hope everyone had a great time, enjoyed the drinks (even the bartender said we were a cool group), ate some cupcakes (were’nt the french vanilla with Grand Marnier icing just amazing????!!!! Let me know if you need her contact info) and met some good folks. I seriously enjoyed meeting everyone and talking about topics pertaining to my future kids that must be NFL stars to going back to school. Honestly I hope we can do this once every few months. Maybe quarterly. Thanks for the opportunity and I think you have an amazing following, with some amazing people. Seriously.

    P.S. – I will email the raffle winners tomorrow. I’m pooped.

  • SmartFoxGirl

    I’m sitting in the dark right now with crazy hair and a stomach ache…thanks VSB.

    I had a great time. 9 people showed up. And guess what? We were ALL from the islands. 7 of us were Jamaican, 1 Haitiian and Hippylota lol :) We all seemed to clique and shared some good stories. I saw the surprise on their faces to see I was normal and friendly. lol We talked about everything from VSB comment section, military infidelity, strippers, pr0stitution, and the type of game men run. It was great. The only thing I would change was the location. I had to choose a stiff, uppity lounge crawling with old rich white men. <—was that racist? Oh, well. It was nice. One thing this taught me is that you cannot think you know someone based off of their comments on a blog. I sat at a table with a navy officer, a sergeant, lawyer, college students, ad exec, etc and EVERYONE was generally nice. Blogging is fun, cool or whatever but it's just one side to who we are. Btw, I gotta be more careful what I type cause we got alot of lurkers and people be reading my unfiltered sh*t…I'm CLASSY dammit. Ok. Bye.

    OH…and Panama, i see you didn't sign any boobs. Wimp.

    OH and Champ's signing looked real official and sh*t. Congrats to you Champ, you looked dapper in your jacket…anybody get a pic of Lady Champ? Ok. Bye for real.

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