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VSB: The Series

Hello everybody,

Today, in conjunction with Solo Journey Productions (an LA-based production company made up of Andrea (Andi) Thornton – an avid VSB reader and regular – and founder Earl Bolden), we’re embarking on a journey, and we’d love for everyone to join us on the ride. This is the official launch of the first phase of our VSB: The Series project.

What exactly is VSB: The Series? Well, with the three videos we’ve dropped so far — short clips that debuted on VSB with no introduction or explanation — we’ve givien you all a small glimpse into some of the work we’ve created. Each were vastly different with no real connection to the others, short of the lead characters of Brandon and Andre, two individuals loosely based on The Champ and I. (And by “loosely based” I mean…well, you’ll see what I mean). Damon and Andrea have spent dozens of hours scripting episode upon episode of a prospective show based upon the lives of two full-time bloggers/authors and the relationship pitfalls they undergo along the way. Basically, “relationship experts” who, for whatever reason, fail to exhibit that expertise in their own relationship lives.

Initially, the goal was to create a webseries, much like the entire internet seems to be doing right now. But, that just didn’t feel right. See, we’re not trying to stop at the ‘net. We’re looking bigger. We collectively decided to shoot for the moon and create a television pilot.

Yes. A pilot. We decided to shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you’re still amongst the stars. And, for this analogy to work, let’s collectively disregard the fact that the moon is actually closer than any star.

Anyway, we’ve crafted a well-written and soon to be well-produced project in hopes of being one of the bastions of hope on television we all claim to want so badly. Since our inception, VSB has managed to accomplish so much and influence so much in this online game that I find myself surprised at times. I also find myself extremely appreciative of the individuals who have helped us achieve goals we didn’t even know that we had.

It’s this belief in us, in Damon and I, and what we bring to the table, that makes us believe doing this is not only possible, but inevitable. We’re writers. Writers write. Artists are. Singers sing.

VSBs VSB.

And, we appreciate you for that confidence and inspiration.

Now comes the fun part. We are attempting to raise $20,000 to shoot, produce, and edit this pilot. That is our goal. Some of that money obviously will come from the pockets of Damon and I. Some will come from the pockets and support of family and friends. But, since neither of us have cousins with NBA contracts, we’re going to need your help. We have a significantly sized community at VSB. If we could get everybody to chip in at least $5, well, we’d run this town like ‘Ye, Ri, and Z. Or ‘Yeriz. That was doper in my head than it turned out.

If you have more to give, please by all means, donate as much as you are willing and able to donate. I’d personally come do a jig for everybody that donated. And, I’d at the very least call everybody personally to thank them.

Luckily we came up with a list of incentives that won’t require me to do that, though I may still do a dancing jig video if we achieve our goal. We’ve created an Indiegogo account with a video of Andrea and I explaining some of this in more depth.

Point is, we need your help. VSB is nothing without its community and, regardless of what we do, that won’t change. This pilot is an extension of our community. If the running back wins MVP, he has to thank his line and take his line out to dinner.

Help us take you out to dinner!

Thanks again for the support you’ve given and what you will give. You could have been anywhere in the world, but you’re here with us, and we appreciate you for that.

See you in Paris.

-VSB P (for the entire VSB squad and Solo Journey Productions)

Again, check out ourIndiegogo page for a video and more explanationof what we’re going to accomplish with the funds that are donated and where we intend to take the project!

 

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Damon Young

Panama Jackson is pretty fly for a light guy. 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. He believes the children are our future and is waiting to find out if he is the 2nd most interesting man in the world.

  • Boo Radley

    I’ve been down with VSB since Jackson G. Tickle, and I do believe this is the first time you’ve damned near made me cry. So, so proud. And yes, I’ll say that with my chest. One donation down, bro.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      wow…thanks so much homey! and yeah, i’ve known you for a looooooooooooooong time.

  • That Ugly Kid

    “And, for this analogy to work, let’s collectively disregard the fact that the moon is actually closer than any star.”

    No. Besides Physics, Astronomy is my favorite science subject. Therefore, I can’t support this offensively inaccurate analogy. May what ever deity you pray to have no mercy on your souls.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      you people don’t respect quotes.

      • http://awordorthree.com Crystal Marie

        cliches. You mean cliches.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          potayto. potahto.

    • MJoy

      As a woman that falls asleep to “How the Universe Works” every night… I rebuke this nonsense quote in the name of Jesus… or whoever.

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

    Sorry, just gave my last $20 to the “Pay the REAL NFL refs, even Ed Hochuli” fund. I’ll try to get y’all next month

    • https://twitter.com/#!/IluminatiNYC Todd

      Where do I donate/ Seriously, as much as I love VSB, if these real refs don’t get back on the field, people might end up crippled. I doubt that a lack of funding for VSB will lead people crippled. By the way, I miss Terry McAulay and Ron Winter as refs. :)

      • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

        Y’all just gonna ride the stand-in refs? They’re doing their best!

        • http://www.twitter.com/black_yoda black yoda

          I agree. They are doing their best. Is their best good enough? No. Do I expect one of them to refer to a touchdown as a homerun at some point? Yes. Still, the games are at least exciting to watch so far.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          absolutely. they suck. period.

        • https://twitter.com/#!/IluminatiNYC Todd

          Um, the replacement refs include Lingerie Football League REJECTS. They were considered too incompetent to ref women playing football in lingerie, but they were hired for the best American football players in the world? I’m sorry, but you were that incompetent in your job, you would be fired.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      LOL. ninja I’d donate to that fund my gotdamn self.

  • http://www.blacklatinafabulous.WordPress.com maris

    Congrats! How ’bout a virtual happy hour, we all simultaneously toast in our homes, and donate the price of a 2-fer drink special?

    • boo radley

      I can get behind this idea. Considering that it took no less than 6 tries to properly enter this comment, that may not come as a surprise. Wine is good.

      • Afroglobetrotter

        “Considering that it took no less than 6 tries to properly enter this comment”

        - I totally read that wrong and had a ‘pornunoment’. [a comment that is pornunized]

    • Huh Bruh

      I’m with that

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      that’s actually a pretty good idea.

      lol. maybe we should also do a VSB Cribz special edition video. where we show you us taking shots from everybody who donates.

      • http://www.BlackLatinaFabulous.WordPress.com Maris

        Thanks. It would be an even better idea if there was a way to make it extra-social and get some dates out of it, but I digress….

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          LOL. you can’t find any dates???

  • Afroglobetrotter

    Congratulations! So when are you guys debuting in Africa, I’d happily host ya’ll in my home!!

    • http://www.twitter.com/think2inspire Think2Inspire

      Lawd that avi…

      • Sweet GA Brown

        +100

      • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

        ehh, he almost looks like a woman but he’s still kinda hot.

        • Afroglobetrotter

          ooooh girrrl, TRUST he is ALL man-well, at least from what the full pic showed, we are off to a mighty good start with this one!!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      definitely next week. lol.

  • Anastasia!!!

    Payday is on Thursday! I am doooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnn for this!!!

    Do you all have all the actors and actressess? If we want to submit to help or be apart of this, HOW DO WE DO IT???

    • Andi

      Are you in the LA area? :)

      • Anastasia!!!

        I def can be, not a problem at all!!

        • Andi

          I would love for VSB fam to be a part of this production. We’ll keep you guys abreast of casting and shooting!

          • http://awordorthree.com Crystal Marie

            I’m in LA!!!! :)

            • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

              that’s right. you are now. holler at Andi. lol.

    • Angel Baby

      Me too!!! :) I rep for VSB here in the East Bay (Cali) kind of hard so I know some people learned about you all from me! Go VSB!!!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      thanks so much. and we’ve been casting like crazy. got a lot of folks locked down like Akon and Styles P. Or locked up.

      • Rewind

        I’m now laughing at the image of men and women behind bars as they wait to be called out for a shot on the show.

  • legitimate_soul

    I put “twenny” in the plate. Proud of you all and wishing you much success! :) I paid my $ and posted my comment under my gubment name.

    Andi! So good to see you and see you have a major hand with this! I missed you as a poster (hugs)!

    • Andi

      Thank you so much E-Sis! I really appreciate the support. I’ll try to get back in the fray more often.

      *huge bear hug*

    • legitimate_soul

      Changed it to my user name :)

    • That Ugly Kid

      I’m donating too. I’ll donate even more if they let me special guest in an episode in which either PJ or Champ are having problems “performing” and seek advice from someone named, I don’t know, let’s call him The Facially Unappealing Chicago Kid? (And yes the question mark is apart of the name).

      Of course, I’ll play the part of The Facially Unappealing Chicago Kid? since I’m from Chicago and I can add some authenticity to the role.

      • Rewind

        I see what you did there.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        LOL. ninjas. thanks though. we’ll make a call. but im fairly sure we wouldnt have any episodes wehre our leads are having “performing” issues.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      thank you so much homeslice.

  • http://panamaenrique.wordpress.com Malik

    If I donate, will you promise to kidnap Tyler Perry if you meet him in Hollywood?

    • Andi

      Can’t make any promises, but we’ll see what we can do. ;)

      • http://panamaenrique.wordpress.com Malik

        ANDI! *tackle hug*

        • Andi

          LOL! Well hello to you too Malik <3

    • boo radley

      Yes, kidnap him, and give him a hug for me. And ask him why his lips are shaped like a Valentine. It’s disconcerting, but I totally respect his hustle. Pretty sure I’ve willingly watched every play and movie he’s made, too. I draw the line at the shows, but I’ve watched his plays and movies.

    • That Ugly Kid

      Why? Tyler Perry is the greatest film maker of all time.

      • Rewind

        Somebody took some Molly today.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      lol. i’ll personally send my homes from TTP.

  • boo radley

    Ok, so I watched the video. The lipstick episode? You wrong for that, Peej. iCackled nonetheless.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      lol. good. you were supposed to.

      score!

  • nillalatte

    That is an awesome goal. Donation forthcoming. Break a leg. <<< Hollywood speak. :D

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      thanks homey.