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“Very Smart Brothas” Pilot Part 2

(Answers to questions you’re probably going to have after watching this)

1. Yes, that is the guy from Heroes and Hawaii Five-O. 

2. Yes, in real life, a woman did actually say something similar to what the first interviewee said to us. (She said it online, though. Not in person.)

3. No, we haven’t met anyone with our names tattooed on their boobs. But, we both have definitely had…um…hmm…nevermind. I’m engaged now. Can’t talk about that stuff anymore.

4. No, that’s not how I approached the Gay Reindeer when I first saw her.

Anyway, let us know what you think. (Oh, and if you like it, share it with people. Shit, share it if you don’t like it and just want to talk shit. The more eyes and feedback, the better.) 

***Also, just in case you needed to catch up, here’s Part 1 again***

—Damon Young (aka “The Champ”)

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.

  • JayIzUrGod

    Such drama & suspense. But will be so fulfilling when shown in full. Got to say though there’s a nice wit to it I noticed at the premier. I feel yall will start writing lines to challenge the BBPs like yall do on the site in later episodes.

    • The Champ

      that’s not a bad idea. the bbp part

      • JayIzUrGod

        If you two decide on something like that, lwt me know. I’d like to contribute, i can see it coming off as your BBP post from earlier this week

  • Selah

    Funny! I watched em both, and actually laughed out loud in a few parts. Is the narration from Champ’s perspective? Cuz it sounds like things he would say lol

    • The Champ

      the narration is from my character’s perspective, but that changes by episode.

  • Sahel

    I don’t know why but when i saw the tattoo chic i just imagined Breezy

    • JayIzUrGod

      No West Indian accent equals No Breezy

      • Sahel

        Noted

  • PaddyfotePrincess

    Great clip and I can’t wait to see it in its entirety.

    “Can we get on Steve Wilkos?” made me chuckle.

    • JayIzUrGod

      I give you permission to make a NY trip just to push me out of a moving vehicle if I ever end up on that show.

      • PaddyfotePrincess

        Lol…you will not fall into the abyss of that foolery.

        • JayIzUrGod

          Lord knows I have my days but I can’t do it!

    • The Champ

      thanks and sh*t

  • Royale W. Cheese

    First off, congrats to Champ and his engagement. That is huge.

    Second, my apologies for being incognegro. I find that I spend a lot less time being bored and wallowing in my own brand of over-thinking, bougie black intellectual singleton angst. I’m officially boo’ed up…boo’ed up hard. My man is uber serious. I’ve thrown a good amount if cynicism (regarding his intentions) his way and he shrugs it off. I’m his lady and he’s my dude :)

    Thanks to Champ for your “signs if a good brotha” as mentioned in your book, and probably in blog posts here and there. He has guy friends, best friends, friends he’s screened me with, loves his mom, and follows sports. And he tells me constantly that e feels lucky to have me.

    • JayIzUrGod

      Its always interesting when someone stops giving a sh *t how they come off and are quite serious about going for what they want. Takes some maturity and courage to be that way.

      • http://tripsixes.com/ Trip

        It’s even better when women see it as such and capitalize…

        • JayIzUrGod

          Indeed, its when we are at our utmost sincerest.

        • Instagram Model

          my horoscope beww, heYYYY!!

          • http://tripsixes.com/ Trip

            Heyyyy now…so many names, but I see you just the same. Hope you’re doing well!

            • Instagram Model

              the exclamation marks are still consistent doe!!!!

              • LMNOP

                Who are you? I’m confused. But glad you’re enthusiastic!!!!!

                • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

                  The Poster Formerly Known As African Mami

                  • LMNOP

                    OH. Okay. Only going to be RIP Nelson Mandela for a few days, huh? Ms. Chameleon

                    • Sahel

                      Word is shes dating a VSB

                    • LMNOP

                      You just starting rumors here, Sahel? Who? or is this another top secret situation?

      • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

        You must not have paid much attention to my comments the past few years. Hi, my name is Todd. :)

        • Instagram Model

          Isn’t this a Hot Todding comment, Bunni where you at? Is this a Hot tod of a comment or am I tripping?

          • http://TheNewEve.com/ Bunni

            This is the ugly side of Hot Todding lol

            • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

              What’s the good side of Hot Todding?

              • Rachmo

                Setting a subtle thirst trap avi.

                • http://tripsixes.com/ Trip

                  Tell me more about this “thirst trapping”…

                  • http://www.saysmeblog.wordpress.com/ Aly

                    It’s where you put on a push-up bra and low-cut shirt and take a selfie. Oh wait…

                    • Rachmo

                      Telling on ourselves out here.

                    • http://www.saysmeblog.wordpress.com/ Aly

                      Haha, yup.

                    • JayIzUrGod

                      And neither of you provided me with passes to these movies? I’m insulted.

                    • JayIzUrGod

                      And neither of you provided me with passes to these movies? I’m insulted

                    • Sahel

                      I thought you were braless

                  • Rachmo

                    Thirst traps are when people put up intentionally sexy pics (Kim K) to attract as much attention as possible. Usually these people then degrade all the people making comments by calling them “thirsty.” See: insecure people.

                    • http://tripsixes.com/ Trip

                      Thanks for the explanation. Now lets go drinking :)

                    • Rachmo

                      *stops drinking from flask* oh we weren’t supposed to start yet. My bad bro

                    • JayIzUrGod

                      Capital summary, old chap.

                    • SuperStrings

                      Did not know about these traps. man…

        • JayIzUrGod

          Nooooo Todd….you are on some totally different stuff that challenge the laws of nature, science, God, and strippers with enlarged cl *torises.

          • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

            Am I that different? Or even that distinctive? I don’t get it. Like gimme an example of something that is so way out of the norm about me to make me distinctive.

            • Shamira
              • JayIzUrGod

                *puts Queen of On Point GIF Magic crown on your head*

            • Rachmo

              Mmm…big booties. Now for them to be sexually too aggressive. Maybe I’ll have Tomas be my “taster” in that regard: if they’re too aggressive for him, they’re perfect. :)

              • http://www.saysmeblog.wordpress.com/ Aly

                …and those are just from today lol.

                • Rachmo

                  Imma just let Todd’s truth speak to him

                  • Sahel

                    You have a good head on those shoulders

                    • Rachmo

                      Thanks

              • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

                So I take it that I’m a touch aggressive with the $ex stuff, right?

                • Rachmo

                  See? Look at whatever deity or scientific power Todd is more comfortable with. Leading him to his own truth. Yes you are more aggressive with chex convos than the average bear.

                  • To’Mas Que Fuego

                    And Todd, for the record, the humor it what she just said is in how much of an understatement her comment was lol

                    • JayIzUrGod

                      We clearly need to keep tabs on what hw types bwcause i smell a really food book deal coming from it.

                    • LMNOP

                      you smell a book deal coming from Todd? I already know what it should be called- “Women: Fuck ‘em”
                      see what I did there?

                    • JayIzUrGod

                      If they can make a book called Sh *t My Dad Says that then turns into an actual tv show with William Shatner, sutely we can take Todd’s crazy sh *t and make magic.

            • Rachmo

              Chicken. Bring those boobies rah hiyah! I’ll let my American side come out and do some Clarence Carter stroking! Especially if there’s a good and low waist to hip ratio involved. 0.6 anyone? :)

            • To’Mas Que Fuego

              Lmao! U can’t be serious bruh

    • nillalatte

      Hold up… RWC has a man?! Well, go head on then girl! Good tips about those guy friends. Congrats to you to RWC. :D

      • Royale W. Cheese

        Thanks Ms. Nilla!

    • http://tripsixes.com/ Trip

      Congrats RWC…I see you put him through it, but I’m glad it worked out! Best of everything to you both.

    • To’Mas Que Fuego

      Congrats homie. You’ve been missed around these parts. Your man is a lucky fella.
      (Sidenote): Smh @ the downvote, but it did make me laugh tho lol

    • Sahel

      Nothing like being boo’ed up hard.

    • Instagram Model

      who the PHAK is downvoting RWC?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? AND HER ABSOLUTELY fantastic good news? RWC, you’ve been missed by me, around hurr!!

      • http://www.saysmeblog.wordpress.com/ Aly

        I mean, who are these people who hate love? smh.

        • Instagram Model

          shitheads.

        • LMNOP

          and didn’t we hear enough from them yesterday???

          • http://www.saysmeblog.wordpress.com/ Aly

            TOO much.

      • 321mena123

        I just upvoted her to counter the downvote.

        • LMNOP

          Could have been an accidental downvote. touchscreens can be hard with human sized fingers.

    • http://www.saysmeblog.wordpress.com/ Aly

      Congrats, RWC! Good to see you back.

    • 321mena123

      RWC!!! Where have you been!!!!?? You guys are about to make me bust out some break dancing moves with all of this happiness floating around.

    • http://stanoffewwords.wordpress.com/ Tristan

      Lol at the downvote….u brokeded someone’s heart

    • BreezyX2

      RWC!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad to know you are happy and in love :) I miss the Nerd Battles between you, Jay, HHH and a few others. Try to pop in now and again…you are definitely missed!!

    • quiet_listener

      “bougie black intellectual singleton angst”

      I like you.

    • Kema

      Awwww! “I’ve thrown a good amount if cynicism (regarding his intentions) his way and he shrugs it off. I’m his lady and he’s my dude” Swoon worthy!!!

    • afronica

      Hooray for you, RWC. Hoo-feakin’-ray!

    • Kozy

      my up vote was sealed by the npr shirt.

    • Tentpole

      Well congrats to you too RWC. This will teach me not to sleep on things again.

    • The Champ

      welcome back and sh*t

    • LMNOP

      Congratulations!!

    • namia

      Congrats on being boo’ed up…enjoy do not over think it :-)

  • nillalatte

    Enjoyed the clips. Loved the facial expressions. Classic.

    Now, if you’ll excuse nilla for a little while, she has a bowl (of cereal if you believe that), some wine on chill, and a whirlpool tub. Gon’ throw me on some Jazz/ R&B/ Soul and enjoy my singleness i.e. FREEDOM. :D LOL

    • http://tripsixes.com/ Trip

      Whirlpool tub AND wine Nilla? Go ‘head with your free self.

      • JayIzUrGod

        She still has a bowl of weed in that bathroom…why she pretends otherwise I will never know.

        • nillalatte

          Excuse me? You don’t know me. :P Okay, sequester time.

          • JayIzUrGod

            I don’t know you…I just know your doggy style :D. Have fun.

    • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

      Hey, I know I’m late, but the next time you decide to chill out, I have a suggestion for you. I am waiting for the final judgment so I can share this on Facebook. :)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CJMoXIlm4o

    • The Champ

      cereal and wine?

      • LMNOP

        I don’t think it’s really cereal in the bowl, Champ.

  • minxbrie

    1. Congrats on your engagement Champ! (I felt too young to be rolling around with everyone chatting about weddings and marriage and relationships so I’ll just throw this out here in a nice neutral space.)

    2. Boob girl was terrifying. Do men find ish like that cute? Or is it just for humours sake ?
    3. I’m really enjoying this pilot! It has some great writing, definitely mirrors one of the reasons why I started following VSB in the first place.

    • JayIzUrGod

      The first 5 seconds of someone putting their boobs in your face is exciting due to instinctual urges. After that, should this lovely invention called REASONING kick in…yea…that b* tch is scary as sh *t.

      • Instagram Model

        but they are soft. what’s scary about them? do the ones you know have spikes or something?

        • JayIzUrGod

          Usually boobs are forbidden to us. They come with a price. Usually a very heavy price (money or your heart). So when someone justs throws them in your face for free, its a conundrum….you wanna enjoy the motorboating potential but soon realize this may be a huge mistake.

          • afronica

            Fascinating.

            • JayIzUrGod

              It always is.

          • LMNOP

            So sad.

            • JayIzUrGod

              It is. we weep silently.

      • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

        Chicken. Bring those boobies rah hiyah! I’ll let my American side come out and do some Clarence Carter stroking! Especially if there’s a good and low waist to hip ratio involved. 0.6 anyone? :)

        • JayIzUrGod

          You do that. I’ve been stalker free for 10 years, I’m trying to keep it going.

      • Kema

        So… What you’re saying is I shouldnt get the guy that I’m crushin on name tatted on my left boobie close to my heart? I thought it would be a great conversation starter.

        • JayIzUrGod

          Can you promise me that after getting the tat, when the honeymoon phase wears off and he starts acting shady, that you won’t stab him in his sleep? Or scratch his car.with egg shells and diamonds?

          • Kema

            Honeymoon phase? I said crushin on. lol! I’m just messing with you anywho. Imma save my crazy for the right one. ;-)

            • JayIzUrGod

              Lmaoooo i was trying to determine if you were passive crazy that comes out 6 months later or instant crazy that comes out from saying “you have nice eyebrows”

      • minxbrie

        Did you hear about the woman who tried to suffocate her boyfriend with her breasts? I took a lot of joy in laughing at that.

        • JayIzUrGod

          No i didn’t, but that is my death wish. That’s all i ask for in life.

          • minxbrie

            … #straightmen

            • JayIzUrGod

              Damn right #paynuspower

    • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

      For #2, I definitely like that. Then again, I like aggressive women when it comes to $ex. Hey, get right to the point and don’t hide what you want. :)

      • minxbrie

        Would you really call that aggressive though? I mean, a girl has your name tattooed on her breasts, she’s blinking rapidly and hyperventilating while talking to you but if she suddenly screams TAKE ME RIGHT HERE ON THE DESK, all reason flies out the window?

        Hmmmm.

        • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

          Well, strap up and let’s go. There’s a reason for condoms. :)

          • minxbrie

            I’m clutching my pearls. Lawd have mercy.

          • LMNOP

            You know, you keep saying you’re trying to avoid the crazy ones, and yet…

            • Yoles

              0_0

            • http://www.twitter.com/IluminatiNYC Todd

              Wait…someone can’t be that hot for a dude AND sane? Say it ain’t so!

              • minxbrie

                Speaking as a crazy girl, there’s usually a reason why she’s nuts and it’s not you – you just exacerbate the crazy.

              • LMNOP

                The tattoo girl we were talking about didn’t seem that sane.

                And there is a societal expectation that women aren’t going to be the ones who aggressively pursue chex. Women can and do deviate from that script for many, many reasons, including, but by no means limited to craziness.

            • afronica

              IKR??

    • The Champ

      boob girl is great…until she’s not. and then it’s awful. the initial greatness, though, has a way of making you forget about the eventual awful.

      Oh, and thanks and sh*t

  • Instagram Model

    Couple of comments:

    1.) Sooo glad to have VAL and Breezy Baby back on board, and super elated to see RWC!! Wohooo.
    2.) Champ’s character is sooooooooo on point, always look forward to seeing him, BUUUUUUUT, I’m sooooo unimpressed by light skint playing Jammy Jams. Like, I’m on the edge of my bed watching, hoping to fall over with laughter, waiting for the tipping point, and all that happens is nothing……….this episode got a 6/10.
    3.) That Asian dude was REALLLLLLLLLLLLY good at acting. Like, I loved him.

    • JayIzUrGod

      I wanted to make fun of you saying “waiting for the tip-(that’s what she said)-ping point”…but then I’d be heartless. i can’t do it to you.

      • Instagram Model

        lol!!! sup rewind!

        • JayIzUrGod

          What’s up pimp, I see you being nutty as usual

    • nillalatte

      First of all I was like, “Who is this person that knows Val and breezy AND RWC?” Then I got to “Jammy Jams” and realized… it’s that crazy woman! *smiles* Hi ya Mami! Gurl, you have too many screen names! Please make me a tree file so I can follow along. I hope each screen name is not a personality type! lol

      • 321mena123

        I love the fact that she changes her name and we still know who she is. Mami gives me life.

    • Val

      Hiya, AM!

      *waves*

    • The Champ

      Although Panama is super high energy in person, he’s not a Kevin Hart-type rattling off 100000 jokes per minute. That said, Dre (the panama character) has a lot more to say in the next segment. (the next episodes also feature his stories a lot more)

  • JayIzUrGod

    Champ, I forgot to ask Panama this at the premier. Exactly how did yall get James Kyson on board for this show? (for you slow people, the Asian dude)

    Did he cast or was he specifically requested?

    • http://www.saysmeblog.wordpress.com/ Aly

      Is he a pretty big deal?

      • http://vagabondaesthetics.tumblr.com/ Ricky

        All I know is he was in that show Heroes way back when.

        • LMNOP

          man, wasn’t heroes on like 3-4 years ago? No need to be all “way back when” and making us all feel really old.

          • http://vagabondaesthetics.tumblr.com/ Ricky

            that’s another lifetime and another Malik ago for me.

            • JayIzUrGod

              *plays Erykah Badu – Next Lifetime*

      • JayIzUrGod

        He has been a supporting actor in several high profile tv shows like Hwroes and Hawaii Five-0, as well as some movies. Since the actors in the show aren’t well known,it is surprising to see him in a web tv show without star power.

    • Instagram Model

      i like him. who is he? all I know is that he is a pretty damn good actor.

      • JayIzUrGod

        He is good. He’s not a big time actor but i like to think he will be the next John Cho, he just needs a big time role to help him break out, like John Cho did in Harold & Kumar

    • The Champ

      i’m not exactly sure. but i think he read the script, and requested to be a part of this

      • JayIzUrGod

        That’s awesome then, you guys did a good job then

  • http://www.saysmeblog.wordpress.com/ Aly

    Did y’all notice the “VSB BBQ” sign? Love it! It’s like a nod/wink to the commenters.

    • Sahel

      I thought i was the only one who caught that

      • http://www.saysmeblog.wordpress.com/ Aly

        It was a subtle way to acknowledge all of us, I think. Like an inside joke.

    • Kema

      Goes back to look…

      • http://www.saysmeblog.wordpress.com/ Aly

        It’s during the interview scene in the background.

        • http://tripsixes.com/ Trip

          That was subtle. Thanks for the heads up

        • Kema

          Thanks! So observant!

    • Val

      Good catch, Aly. I love watching stuff with folks like you who see the subtle stuff.

    • The Champ

      good catch

    • miss t-lee

      Yup…lol

    • Cheekie Mae

      I totally caught and appreciated it. :)