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What The F*ck Happened To VSB?

On Rick Ross’s last album that sounds just like the the rest of his albums, God Forgives, I Don’t (a title that really has nothing to do with anything), there’s a record featuring Dr. Dre doing his best Rick Ross impression – a pointless appearance since he didn’t even produce the track –  and Jay-Z doing Jay-Z things, which can at times seem bored, effortless, and entertaining. The song is called “Three Kings” and isn’t even the best song called “Three Kings”, a distinction which clearly rests with Slim Thug, Bun B, and T.I.

This post isn’t about music though. In this song, Jay-Z utters the words, “it’s just different…” twice. At the beginning of his verse and at the end of his verse which ends the song. It’s a nod to the fact that the life and things he talks about are just…different. While everybody else is talking about the longterm riches and b*tches, Jay has been there and done that. Hell, everything he’s talking about is actually true and verifiable. His attainment is just…different. Which is ironic because it could be taken as a shot to the very artist whose song he is rapping on. Since, well, Jay-Z’s reign is just…different.

For some reason, it’s sat with me ever since I heard him say.

“It’s just different…”

It’s the way he says it. The arrogance but actualization that straight up, the Jay way is really what he purports it to be. In fact, in hip-hop probably only Puffy and 50 Cent know that life. Granted, it’s possible that marginally speaking, clearing a certain level of millions probably entitles you to that feeling, but something about Jay just makes it…different.

VerySmartBrothas has always been…different to me. This is no shot to all of the other blogs that exist in a similar-ish format. We all do the same thing with largely the same goals. But we’re just…different. In fact, that’s the beauty and the busted of it. It’s both a gift and a curse. This is a special place and it became so not solely because of the work of Champ, Liz, and I, but because of everybody who ventured here day in and day out. Hell, it would have to be in order to continue to exist after 4+ years doing the same thing you started doing.

The community is what makes us tick and what keeps us going and what allows us to get any acclaim we’ve received. To that effect, it’s like the running back who wins the MVP who has to share that trophy with his line. We’ve hit on so many interesting and odd topics. Some have gotten deep (though apparently not enough depth exists here) and many have gotten controversial. But all in all, for every week we’ve existed, it’s been a chance for folks to come in and sound off and wax poetic and offer opinions and shoot the sh*t with likeminded individuals.

We’ve seen many people come and go. Many have bounced because they ultimately hated me or Champ or our flippant arrogance and approach to any of a number of topics. We’ve managed to create a few posts that shall not be named and apparently written more than enough stupid sh*t to make some individuals actually detest one or the other of us. While some would take that personally, I actually view that as an accomplishment.

See, as an artist (I’m using the term loosely here, but walk with me) your ultimate desire to make somebody feel something. Most people who write are just that, writers. But there are some writers who you connect with because their way of wordsmithing brings you into their world and allows you feel like you know them. That’s been a goal of VSB since our inception. It wasn’t just to create a blog. No, it was to create a home. Where folks feel like they knew us. And it worked. We turned into a veritable Cheers over the years. Folks looked forward to interacting with their new friends. Relationships formed. We’ve got a few VSB-babies. Hell, I informed the world about my then-girlfriend’s pregnancy and subsequent birth of our daughter who is now almost *this many* years old. We’ve shared and offered dark moments and offered support. VSB has often been a place of peace with various moments of tension and unrest, but we always found the happy medium somewhere.

It’s just…different.

Which is why I’m wondering what the f*ck happened?

“…f*ck this man…” ~ Jay-Z “What More Can I Say?”, The Black Album

No seriously, what happened? It seems like all of a sudden there’s tension here everyday and folks are ready to jump ship and curse one another out. I hear the words rape-culture more than Planned Parenthood does on this site. The consideration for folks feelings and respect is waning. I honestly don’t get it. Folks actually DETEST certain other people that comment. Folks quit a blog.

I repeat, folks are actually “quitting a blog”. With announcements. Seriously, I’m wondering who shot my baby?

So if you all, past and present VSB ninjas could, civilly and respectfully, tell me what the f*ck happened, I’d be greatly appreciative.

Consider this a VSB feedback and debriefing session. Please speak freely but respect the architects and all the construction workers on site. Please and thank you.

-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka MR. WHO SHOT JR? aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL HE A 3

And for all the DMVers: Don’t forget to RSVP for REMINISCE This Saturday night from 930pm to 3am. Come out and hang. It’s a special occasion and we’d love to see, take pictures, with and hang out with you! It’s our one year anniversary!!! RSVP for free entry: http://reminsicedc.eventbrite.com

 

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  • Medium Meech

    Welp, I made this comment yesterday, but it seems relevant to this post so here goes:

    I can put the site in its proper place, I don’t go home crying at night over anything said here. I started commenting here because the writers are dope and I thought the community smart and well informed and I enjoyed participating even if I didn’t always agree. Check my stats, I don’t get in my feelings and runaway because someone doesn’t think the same way I do. I’ve had epic back and forths with people on both sides of the divide and joked with them the next day. But if the banter is devolving into inflammatory hyperbole, only my self interest count ideological rigidness, internalized self-hate inspired hyper defensiveness and other miscellaneous coonery then what’s the point?

    Heated debates are nothing new to this site. Honestly the level of discourse is falling while the level of subjective ideological absolutes and raw emotions is ratcheting up. I used to check for certain people’s insights and opinions about issues, now I know where more and more people stand based on the crosses they bare before I even go to the comments section. Please believe nobody on this site is hurting my feelings or chasing me off. I have and will go toe to toe with anybody if the argument is worth having. There are just fewer and fewer of them. It aint just me feeling like this either. I’m sure other people who have been around are getting that same feeling that the intellectual climate is changing for the worse

    • http://Lizburr.com Liz

      I miss you meechy pooh.

      Just had to say that.

      • Medium Meech

        I (and apparently the sanity of the comment section) missed having you around these parts too.

        • YeahSo

          ugh… *deep breath*… woosah

          • http://Lizburr.com Liz

            Hi hater.

            • YeahSo

              :-O… e-boo thief… *runs like heyll*

    • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      Yeah, if anyone had perfect timing… it was you. Your comment yesterday was like a prologue for today’s post. lol

    • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

      That last line there, Meech? Yes. Just…yeah.

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

        De-evolution. We need a resolution. #NoAaliyah

        • http://fourpageletter.wordpress.com keisha brown

          *nods head*

      • https://twitter.com/#!/Think2Inspire Think2Inspire

        That line reminds me of something my coworker said about our students.

    • http://www.nicknotnikki.com Nicknotnikki

      MEECH!!!!!

      hope you’re doing alright!!!

      #ThatIsAll

      • Medium Meech

        Ms. Nick…. I’m maintaining. How are you?

        • http://www.nicknotnikki.com Nicknotnikki

          I’m good.. Mostly on Twitter and trying to be better about my writing.. I hate being an adult and trying to be productive..

    • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com M.F. Gem Jones, BS, RGS, NBR, PhD… and you sir?

      awwwww Meechy, there you are!!!!!!!!! :)

      • nillalatte

        If you get anymore acronyms behind your name you’ll complete the alphabet! :D

        • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com M.F. Gem Jones, BS, RGS, NBR, PhD… and you sir?

          thats the plan!!!

          #divadudeshit

      • naturalista88

        Your handle, it’s killing me softly *lol*.

        • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com M.F. Gem Jones, BS, RGS, NBR, PhD… and you sir?

          hehe

      • Medium Meech

        Gemmy Ocean! Excuse me, Dr. Jones now.

        • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com M.F. Gem Jones, BS, RGS, NBR, PhD… and you sir?

          \o/ i’z doctorated now!

    • DG

      Yeah, holmes…all of this…

    • Mr SoBo

      @Meech

      Still Poetry.
      As usual, I tip my hat to you and your ability to articulate so exceptionally well.
      Either way, those words I can certainly relate to brother. Regretfully, I’ve compromised my stoicism a time or two here, allowing myself to be swept up in the hurricane of others’ insanity. Shame on me for that.
      So I’ll quote the raven, “Never More”.

      Good to see the many old familiar faces that decided to drop in. Hello to you all. Its been a long time. The sun is shining on VSB again. I think a rabbit just hopped across my screen.

    • Aisha

      Yes, yes, and yes!

    • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

      How is you Meech?? I missed you my nig

      • Medium Meech

        I’m good. You need to come back to these e-streets.

    • http://twitter.com/sylquesaid fixedwater

      So happy to see you!

      • Medium Meech

        Wow, you have been ghost for a minute. Nice to see you back.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      yeah, you have no clue how funny it was to see your comment yesterday AFTER i’d already written this post. i was like, well damn, i guess it’s meant to be. kudos kid.

  • Tanny

    I discovered this blog a year ago and I don’t really comment much but I look forward to reading new posts all the time. I don’t always know some of the shows or musicians you blog about coz I’m from down under but I still love reading them. Anyway, LOVE your work and I won’t be quiting anytime soon:-)

    • Jool

      Waves to Tammy! Glad I’m not the only Aussie lurker here. Makes me feel less weird…
      I don’t comment really either, I haven’t figured out if this is supposed to be a global community or not and I don’t want to be disrespectful unintentionally.
      But, like you, I look forward to the new posts and all the discussions and debates that follow. Sometimes it’s way over my head, but mostly it’s a mix of thought provoking and entertaining.
      I’ll keep reading too.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        if you have something to say, feel free. it’s definitely a global community as we have a remarkably large number of readers from several countries in Africa. and England.

        • Ain’t I an African

          Kenya checking in here! *waves*

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

        @ Jool and Tammy. You guys should comment :) and add your perspective on things around here. I’m not in the States right now but neither is Lonnie UK, Geneva Girl, (I think) Keisha Brown, and Thai. There are other people too but I just don’t remember their screen names right now.

        • http://fourpageletter.wordpress.com keisha brown

          yep!
          im from the great white north! :)

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      well we appreciate it!

  • Anastasia!!!

    I’ve gone in to lurk mode recently just because of that. I still read EVERYDAY, but when the back and forth begins, I definitely become a spectator.

    I actually enjoy the conversation because it gives me perspective: I appreciate Wild Cougar because she gives me a side of thought that I wouldn’t necessarily go to first and now when hearing questions or reading comments, I think OUTSIDE of my normal.

    Black Medici (or are you going by Bluhilboy or something…sorry to lazy to go find the exact thing) is awesome because again I get information that I might not necessarily experience.

    The only time I was gone on some seriousness was OBSIDIAN was strong through here. I was so done with his long posts and he began to get rude with people. But now that he has calmed down, I definitely *May* read thru his post.

    • http://Lizburr.com Liz

      Girl don’t even mention his name before he comes back with his long replies!

      • Namia

        I miss reading you comments..your pic is calming

        • Namia

          your’

      • http://blackmedici.wordpress.com Black Medici

        What’s wrong with long comments?

        • YeahSo

          They tend to come off very pretentious… especially when, well…

          • http://blackmedici.wordpress.com Black Medici

            Isn’t calling a site VerySmartBrothas pretentious?

            • YeahSo

              Not at all… they’re actually very smart… and well, brothas… however, I’m of the school of thought that arguments that need too much explaining, usually aren’t that good to start with… like what’s with the over saling of an idea?

              Truth is, I couldn’t careless about how long or short a comment is, because I know how to scroll and I do it often so…

              • YeahSo

                I tried to edit selling… ugh sorry for the double post.

              • http://blackmedici.wordpress.com Black Medici

                Well, if you’re not reading, how do you know they’re pretentious to begin with?

                As for the passive aggressive nature of your post: I’m not going to go there today at least.

            • YeahSo

              Not at all… they’re actually very smart… and well, brothas… however, I’m of the school of thought that arguments that need too much explaining, usually aren’t that good to start with… like what’s with the over selling of an idea?

              Truth is, I couldn’t careless about how long or short a comment is, because I know how to scroll and I do it often so…

              • Justmetheguy

                “I’m of the school of thought that arguments that need too much explaining, usually aren’t that good to start with”

                I hear that, but with some long posts it’s just about some people having a style of speech that provides more details than necessary just so ppl see EXACTLY where we’re coming from.

                Signed: A long-winded muhf*cka that ain’t pretentious :) lol

                • YeahSo

                  Duly noted, Pookie… duly noted ;-)… do yo’ thang.

    • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      I missed your exclamation points.

      • Anastasia!!!

        Hey Cheekie boo ;-) Girl, life has come upon me!! I gotta lurk a little longer ;-)

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

      I feel that while Black Medici’s opinions are strong, they are not offensive, intentionally or otherwise.

      With others, not naming names cause they know who they are and if they don’t I’m not gonna tell them, their daily goal seems to be trolling this site and setting people off.

      If I want that I’ll read the Yahoo! comments section.

      • nillalatte

        “If I want that I’ll read the Yahoo! comments section.”

        Right?! Gurl, Yahoo comments makes me want to go postal sometimes. Ugh.

      • Beautifullyhuman

        I agree with this whole comment.

      • SweetSass

        YouTube comments are also a scary place.

        • naturalista88

          Ugh, those people are just turrible sometimes.

        • LadyLark

          Yeah they realy are. I’m mainly a lurker here but I’m more of a reader than a writer.

        • Justmetheguy

          +1 on the Yahoo, Youtube, and insert a hip hop website here _______ comment sections smh

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        Yahoo comments hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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

        Typical Yahoo comments on an article called “Kitten Costumes for Halloween”

        Person 1: I love kittens!
        Person 2: F*ck Kittens and this article! F*ck you Person 1.
        Person 3: God hates you all! God hates kittens!
        Person 4: Empirically speaking, kittens killed my mother last winter. Irregardlessly we should not kill dem. We need to educ8 da kittens.
        Person 2: Person 4 pardon me but where tf did you learn to read and write? No seriously, where? F*ck you.
        Person 1: Who loves the kitties! ME!!!
        Person 5: I’m calling PETA! Waka Flocka will stand with me on this abomination.

        Me: Why did I even read this? *quits internet*

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

          THIS. Dead.

        • Rayne

          Any comment after a Chris Chase article is guaranteed tomfoolery.

          • BeautifullyHuman

            Seriously. They go so hard on dude, but his journalism skills are questionable so I understand why he’s despised. lol

        • mellow.

          #realtears and wonderfully accurate!!

        • PapiEsq

          Just dead. So accurate. I hate the interwebs for just such comments.

    • whostolethesoul1

      E, or bhillboy and bmedici coorespond “differently”, now bmedici and obsidian…

  • http://Lizburr.com Liz

    All of this drama is news to me which I guess shows you how much I’ve been laying attention.

    Suffice it to say, it sounds like “what happened” is I been ghost and you mofos have lost your minds all up and through these comments. Champ and P must not be regulating enough.

    • http://Lizburr.com Liz

      *paying. See, I’m on my iPhone cuz I ain’t got time to be here on a regular computer these days.

      • http://www.twitter.com/Bmorebmw Tentpole

        So where do I send the iPad so you can get your azz back up in here and corral the madness up in here

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

      We need your pimp hand Liz. Desperately.

      • Anastasia!!!

        hahahaha!

        not the pimp hand.

      • nillalatte

        2nd the pimp hand. :D PJ and Champ just ain’t got it like you girl. Word.

      • Fivegirl

        You know what’s funny, when I first started reading VSB the ‘first’ thing was celebrated for a while. This was when cheekie would manage to post a whole relevant comment at 12:00:36 and no one could figure out how. People would roll out the red carpet, the glitter, and alla dat and I thought it was cute. Next thing I knew, it became a battle to be first and people started attacking anyone who tried to get that same attention. For me, that was a turning point where it started to seem like you had to prove yourself to be worthy enough to enter a discussion on the site. I’ve been reading VSB for two or three years now, and in the past six months or so, I’ve really gotten the feeling that people’s opinions only count if they are either completely raucous, or if the commenter is a VSB regular.

        Just my five cents

        • Justmetheguy

          “I’ve been reading VSB for two or three years now, and in the past six months or so, I’ve really gotten the feeling that people’s opinions only count if they are either completely raucous, or if the commenter is a VSB regular.”

          U kno what? U might be on to something here. You’re not the first one to point out the “only regulars get responded to” thing. I make it a point to comment on non-regulars’ comments too, but speaking for myself I think the reason for you guys not getting as much attention sometimes is that when we (or I should say I) do respond you all tend to not re-visit the site to reply to my response (or if you do, you wait till 6 o’clock when I got other sh!t to do lol). That discourages me from spending time typing a response to you (not you personally obviously)

          • Kidsister

            *rests elbows on table, plants face in hands* How on earth do yall keep up with all the comments all day and still manage to be productive away from the internet???

            • http://www.todisspits.blogspot.com MicTheMessenger

              You know, i’ve wondered this too….

          • http://nyartsychica.blogspot.com/ sincereluv4life

            “you wait till 6 o’clock when I got other sh!t to do lol”

            I’m guilty of this, but 6 is when it finally starts slowing down at my job lol-

            neway, I’ve been oblivious to any drama, I must’ve subconsciously filtered out any negative comments cuz I still enjoy reading peoples opinions on here?? *shrugs shoulders* I didn’t see any issues.

            but then again I haven’t said anything controversial enough to get cursed out yet lol.

          • mellow.

            i agree in some respects about the only regulars getting responded to…but it makes sense to me, it’s not encouraging, but makes sense

            …in defense of my tardy responses…i’ve got PSTstruggle :(

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          interestingly enough, we’ve heard folks say how cliqueish it can be or that they dont’ feel like their comments get responded to by Champ or I.

          let me tell you from our perspective, none of that is personal. i can promise you that. sometimes i comment on every comment. sometimes i just skim through to make sure nothing too ridiculous is being said.

          sometimes i’m busy at work so i just comment sporadically.

          in my opinion, all comments count. but you know what you also have to realize…some folks respond to other “regular” ninjas more b/c there’s a history there. lol. and not always a good one. some folks actually want to change the way others thing so they repsond to the same folks hoping that one dya they’ll see the light without realizing that some n*ggas just never pay their light bill anyway.

          • Justmetheguy

            “some folks respond to other “regular” ninjas more b/c there’s a history there. lol. and not always a good one. some folks actually want to change the way others thing so they repsond to the same folks hoping that one dya they’ll see the light without realizing that some n*ggas just never pay their light bill anyway.”

            dude…spot on. You pretty much covered it all with that one. I concur

          • Fivegirl

            I completely understand the reasons for replying to people you know, as JMTG mentioned, it’s easier to have a good conversation with someone you know will respond. I just wonder if people become even more out of pocket just to get attention.

            • Justmetheguy

              “I just wonder if people become even more out of pocket just to get attention.”

              I think it’s moreso to get under other folks’ skin just so they can call them emotional or whiny when that person responds in a similar tone. There so transparent and childish that it’s sad (only for them though, I’ll be fine. I’m learning from the whole ordeal)

        • Kidsister

          I’ve felt the same way too. Then I just came to the conclusion that you have to be present…point blank, bottom line. I always wonder HOW DO THESE MOFOs get anything done during the day AND be all up and through the comments section, must be multi-tasking at it’s finest… I always wanted to ask but never did.

          • nillalatte

            See Kidsister, I have a technique. Now, it doesn’t always cover ALL the comments. Who can read every.single.comment. anyways? Okay, maybe some do, but personally, I do have other things to do (when I do them) lol. I usually start by doing a “find” on the web browser for my own comments to see if anyone said anything that I feel I should answer or has used my name in vain in any other thread…lol. I read original posts then scan the responses… I said SCAN. Sometimes I start at the bottom of original posts and work my way backwards. Sometimes I stalk some other posters by using ‘find’ on their monikers. I don’t think I’ve ever been able to read EVERY post. Just don’t have that kind of attention span. :)

            • Kidsister

              Hmmmm, I see!! I knew there had to be something that I wasn’t doing. Thank you for your help, Ms. Nillalatte :-) I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

            • Ms. Bridget

              “I usually start by doing a “find” on the web browser for my own comments to see if anyone said anything that I feel I should answer or has used my name in vain in any other thread…lol.”

              *ahaa moment*

        • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

          “This was when cheekie would manage to post a whole relevant comment at 12:00:36 and no one could figure out how.”

          #WallaMagic

          • A Woman’s Eyes

            It’s Cheekie magic. And its a secret along with where leprechauns hide their pot of gold, and the true location of the ark of the convenant. Cheekie Magic!

          • Fivegirl*

            That’s the only possible explanation.

        • Allidaughter

          +1. Read after my swing shift – every now and then. Trying to understand what might be of importance to my Black male adult children.

      • JamaicanGirl

        @Liz when i first discovered this blog, you ruled with a Iron fist or something resembling it. We need you back, i enjoy reading the post and the comments. Has the times change yes, because i am a night owl i would always catch the posts at 12am.. However circumstances changed that, now by the time i get here at 8am, the rachetry and belittling are in full force. So i too i have become an observer. I say all this to say, where is the love? Cant we all get along?

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          Yeah, the presence of Liz is definitely missing.

          and i wrote a real nice tribute post and everything!

      • http://fourpageletter.wordpress.com keisha brown

        bwahahahahaa
        #trufe

    • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      LIZZARD!!! *flings 404 pieces of confetti*

    • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

      In your absence the whole “first!” phenomenon reared it’s ugly head. I’d really love a lot more 404s for those…just…you know, as a…gift. Please? Thank you ^_^

      • http://Lizburr.com Liz

        LOL

        True story: I don’t even know my password on this site anymore. I haven’t logged in in ages, so even when I catch the occasional FIRST comment I can’t log in to 404 it because I’m too lazy to look up my password. Smh. I have failed all of you.

        • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

          Oh, Aunt Liz for shame! LOL

        • http://twitter.com/TheHumanSp1d3r The Human Spider AKA The Second Greatest Spider ALKA Spider Motherfu¢&!ng Jackson

          Dang, Ms. Liz. Now dudes can come here and “first” all willy-nilly…

          SMGDH…

          • http://Lizburr.com Liz

            It’s so blasphemous, all that first activity!!

        • JamaicanGirl

          ” You left us for Dead” :( @Liz

          • http://Lizburr.com Liz

            Lmao!! Not momma dee!

          • Stephy

            LOL I read this in Momma D’s voice . . . I need to lay off the bad reality TV . . .

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          that’s a damn shame.

          she aint lying. she hit me up the other day asking ME for a password.

          i used to have to do that to her.

      • http://twitter.com/TheHumanSp1d3r The Human Spider AKA The Second Greatest Spider ALKA Spider Motherfu¢&!ng Jackson

        Word. I still remember the first time I did a “first” post in the comments section; I was enthusiastic, but I did it mad slick, making it my second comment instead of…y’know, making it my first comment.

        I didn’t realize how much of a bullet I dodged until I saw Ms. Liz “404” a person whose first comment was…well…first.

      • Fivegirl

        Sry, my reply should have slid in right around here

        • http://twitter.com/TheHumanSp1d3r The Human Spider AKA The Second Greatest Spider ALKA Spider Motherfu¢&!ng Jackson

          I take some blame for that, Fivegirl…

          *throws up peace sign*

          Peace. :)

    • Medium Meech

      Maybe a dislike button (and just a dislike button) would help.

      • SweetSass

        A downvote/up vote feature?

      • LadyLark

        You get the 1st raised thumb for this suggestion.

    • http://thatswhatgemsaid.wordpress.com M.F. Gem Jones, BS, RGS, NBR, PhD… and you sir?

      girl i aint been around either. but im sad that you – or some clone type – arent around to regulate fools. no one comes at a neck quite like you, sLizzard.

      well… except maybe t-lee lol

    • Hawaii

      “Suffice it to say, it sounds like “what happened” is I been ghost and you mofos have lost your minds all up and through these comments. Champ and P must not be regulating enough.”

      *Antoine Dodson voice* Well, obviously…
      this is exactly what has happened.

      ;)

      • YeahSo

        Ok! Hide yo’ kids! lol

      • Keisha

        Man, I live in Huntsville and almost forgot about Antoine. I’m about to go find that video right now! That will forever be funny… :-)

    • P. Servant

      As a long-time lurker, I too miss the 404 “pimp hand” LOL! The pimp hand was too strong! Whenever you did this to fools, it reminded me of this:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvJeATp31dw

      I too experienced the infamous 404. I learned a hard lesson that day. :/ But it’s still all good. I’m still a VSB fan!

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

    What the fck happened to VSB? Sht. Sht happened. Most of it good. Some of it bad. Just as in life. Also, just as in life, some people can’t handle certain sht and take it out on others.

    I took a break but I could never and would never quit you guys. I don’t think you all are doing anything wrong. In fact, the good I get from this blog far outweighs the bad so here I am. Until I need another break. From the folks that don’t know when to give themselves and everyone else a break.

    • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val

      I agree. Breaks are good thing.

    • YeahSo

      word

    • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

      I miss you TAC!

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

        I miss you too. I will try and do better.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      well thansk for sticking around. its appreciated.

    • A Woman’s Eyes

      T.A.C. showing up from a break is always a good thing!

  • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

    Oh, look… ish just got real.

    “It’s just…different.”

    I second that emotion. I swear I’d never be that nostalgic ninja because nostalgic ninjas can be SO annoying in the here and now but… ACTIVATE NOSTALGIA. LOL

    I’m not someone who rejects change and actually welcome it… even beg for it in some instances. But when that change is a demotion, well, I can’t rock with that.

    The VSB comment section was likened to a happy hour lounge by Panama and Champ because it really is like sitting back in a leather couch or on a stool at the bar and having open discourse with folks.

    Different types of people mean different opinions which means more interesting conversation. I’m always open to that. And that has always been the case here.

    What has changed is that the conversations ain’t really communication anymore. Folks ain’t LISTENING (or in this case… READING) because the sound of the pissing contest is drowning it out. And there’s just something very ugly behind what is supposed to be productive debate.

    What I’ve always loved about VSB is that it wasn’t just a forum… it was a family. But lately… I’ve been feeling somewhat… estranged.

    :-/

    • https://twitter.com/#!/Think2Inspire Think2Inspire

      “What has changed is that the conversations ain’t really communication anymore. Folks ain’t LISTENING (or in this case… READING)…”

      I lurked for years before commenting and this is something that I am noticing now. I read comments where people are saying the same thing but hollering or CAP TALKING over one an other. Seeing the same ninjas do the same thing just takes the fun out er’thang.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1?feature=mhee Perverted Alchemist

        “Seeing the same ninjas do the same thing just takes the fun out er’thang.”

        And as we all know, it’s a transition into complete madness. As you know, madness is defined as a person doing the same thing an inordinate amount of times and expecting a different result (See: All M. Night Shyamalan’s films, LMAO!)

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          he’s the Nas of the director’s world. living off The Sixth Sense.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1?feature=mhee Perverted Alchemist

            You just had to take yet another shot at Nas, didn’t you? LMAO!

      • msdebbs

        +1000000

        Yea I was a lurker for a while not because I didn’t have anything to say I just didn’t want to get my head chopped off by any blogging bullies…there are quite a few here. It’s like people wanna get in verbal spats with you over your opinion….dude/dudett it’s a blog….chill the fcuk out.

    • Telekendall

      You speak truth. I used to love commenting. Now I just read through the comments and sigh because everyone is so angry. I miss having an argument and at the end of the day being excited what people are gonna say every day. Its like the Mercury went into retrograde for forever and everyone got sensitive. I cant say I’m black without someone being offended because their great-grandma’s cat was black so I cant really be black. . . *Sigh

      • LadyLark

        lol.
        I skip over some of the comments either because they’re too long or I just wanna get right to the funny ones :-) or the ones I think might be insightful if long. I don’t have much time for reading things that either weird me out or confuse me (because I guess I had to be there) on a blog.
        I kinda like having a place to drop my 2cents on some cultural or political topic and get a chuckle (one stop shopping) but I rarely read all comments and refuse to catch feelings. The way some comments go I be thinking you all know eachother personally.

        • Ms. Bridget

          “The way some comments go I be thinking you all know eachother personally.”
          This! Like they became acquainted at a VSB meet up or something. Somebody came @ me once on here and I was soooo confused, like, I know you don’t know me…

          • Justmetheguy

            “Somebody came @ me once on here and I was soooo confused, like, I know you don’t know me…”

            YES! The first time I ever commented on here that happened to me (last summer) and I’m sure you could guess who the perpetrator was too….smdh

    • http://thatdamnafrican.wordpress.com That Damn African

      “What I’ve always loved about VSB is that it wasn’t just a forum… it was a family. But lately… I’ve been feeling somewhat… estranged.”

      The kind of cool thing is, we still are family. At least, I feel like a lot of those who used to comment with us still interact with each other a lot, just in different venues now (twitter, gchat, etc). VSB brought us together and bonded us with one another and even if VSB crumbled to the ground, we’d still be family.

      • AfroPetite

        *sings*

        We are a famuhlyyyyyyy! Like a giant treeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Branching out towards the skyyyy-eeeee-iiiiiiii

        • http://thatdamnafrican.wordpress.com That Damn African

          *sways back and fro*

          • LadyLark

            :-D lol

        • A Woman’s Eyes

          Isn’t that the song they sing to her before they betray her though?

          LMAO

      • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

        WHAT YOU AIN’T FINNA DO IS HAVE ME CRYING UP IN HERE THUS COMPROMISING MY ALREADY SQUINTY EYESIGHT.

        Ahem.

        You’re so right. Despite the hot mess cluster fluffs that surround us, our family bond is unbreakable. What made the bond so strong in the first place is that we kept it despite being miles away from each other. There’s certainly no reason it will break when we are megabytes away from each other. ;)

        *group hugs*

        • nillalatte

          “our family bond is unbreakable.”

          *Cheekie’s comment makes nilla start singing*… we are the world… we are the children… we are the ones who make a brighter day so let’s giving…. There’s a choice we’re making… We’re saving our own lives … Its true we’ll make a better day… Just you and me… c’mon… join hands… sing wit me… we are the world… :D

    • Medium Meech

      It’s not Nostalgia. I’ve left and came back and it was never like this.

    • Beautifullyhuman

      “Folks ain’t LISTENING (or in this case… READING) because the sound of the pissing contest is drowning it out. And there’s just something very ugly behind what is supposed to be productive debate.”

      I agree with THIS. At times the comment section can get out of hand with the accusations and off-colored remarks. I’ve totally noticed the pissing contest and hostility. Truthfully, this is why I try to keep it light. I really don’t see the point in attempting to battle the next commenter to one up them. Granted, there were some times I thought about, but I realized it would solely result in some long a** diatribe that no one wanted to sift through, including myself.

      I take VSB for what it is. An e-spot where I can get some great laughs, diverse opinions, and new insight into various topics. For the most part, I truly heart almost (I said almost) every regular VSB/VSS. :-)

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1?feature=mhee Perverted Alchemist

        “For the most part, I truly heart almost (I said almost) every regular VSB/VSS. ”

        Lies! All lies!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/kjnetic Sith King Jordan

      “What has changed is that the conversations ain’t really communication anymore. Folks ain’t LISTENING (or in this case… READING) because the sound of the pissing contest is drowning it out. And there’s just something very ugly behind what is supposed to be productive debate.”

      and it’s like…it’s one thing to give opinions. i know i have opinions, that folks might, or might not agree with.

      anywho, its one thing to give one’s opinion, and show how they’ve come to such conclusion..
      or give a opinion, and understand that it’s based offa his/her experiences..

      but it’s another thing when you try your best to WIN such a discussion, it’s another thing when you specifically seek out posters, and brow-beat ‘em into submission due to their opinions on certain topics…

      i think the latter, we should deal less with, no?

      • LadyLark

        +101

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1?feature=mhee Perverted Alchemist

        “but it’s another thing when you try your best to WIN such a discussion, it’s another thing when you specifically seek out posters, and brow-beat ‘em into submission due to their opinions on certain topics…”

        *shots fired?*

    • http://valsotherblog.wordpress.com Val

      “What has changed is that the conversations ain’t really communication anymore. Folks ain’t LISTENING (or in this case… READING) because the sound of the pissing contest is drowning it out.”

      This is so true. Some people reply to comments and I’m thinking did they even read more than the first sentence.

    • http://www.twitter.com/Bmorebmw Tentpole

      Thumbs UP

    • YeahSo

      I <3 the cheeks… oh and Cheekie too lol… but seriously, I agree and disagree… We're all definitely family here and what Champ and PJ and the homey Liz have done is create a community of openness and inclusion for us all… that can't be denied. And while at times I too have grown annoyed with combative members, like with my blood family, I either engaged or "DISENGAGE, I REPEAT DISENGAGE" lol but I don't put a few people's behavior on the entire VSB collective… we know better than that… ehhh I dunno.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      well said, cheeks. well said.

      • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

        *curtsies*

        *falls*

  • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

    I have no idea what happened. I lurked for a few months, hung out in a few other realms and came back to such hostility. Sure, I’m still Lil Tes and everything, and most people still respect my right to an opinion (and curiosity), but it’s like you said Uncle PJ, it’s just…different.

    Like, I’m legit nervous about having a differing opinion or asking a question for fear of having to virtually defend myself in a place where my virtual self always felt so safe. I think that’s just part of an expanding audience. The more people you get, the more opinions and perspectives you get, and sometimes those things keep us from seeing common ground with one another. It’s not just us VSVeterans it’s also the new ninjas, and it seems we’ve yet to meet in that happy middle.

    That’s all I’ve got.

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

      These days anybody in the middle gets trampled by the folks rushing to take a side.

      • Telekendall

        people are so sensitive. They didnt learn about respecting others opinion during kindergarten

      • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

        *dusts footprints off my back*
        You ain’t lyin, TAC…

        • http://twitter.com/TheHumanSp1d3r The Human Spider AKA The Second Greatest Spider ALKA Spider Motherfu¢&!ng Jackson

          *sets up lawn chair*

          *leans back (like Fat Joe) on lawn chair*

          Let’s start the show…

          *proceeds to sip a bottle of root beer*

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

            A REAL gentleman would help a young lady cross this heavy blog traffic safely. Or offer to share his rootbeer. Well?

            • http://twitter.com/TheHumanSp1d3r The Human Spider AKA The Second Greatest Spider ALKA Spider Motherfu¢&!ng Jackson

              The lady above me knows I gotshher backback.AAs far as thisrroot beer goes…

              Itllooks mad good…good…

              Wouldyyou cacare for a Sprite?

              *randomlyccoconjures up Sprite for thin air*

          • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

            *takes rootbeer bottle*

            *sips*

            You really should be sleep you know. Hell, I should really be sleep too…

    • Tx10inch

      Tes,

      Sadly you’re right. I RARELY comment now, just breeze through the comments on an interesting topic. This used to be a place where it really felt like an e-family. We could be really silly, e-boo up all while having intelligent insight with different opinions. But the attacks on people with different beliefs and constant pissing contests have left me in lurk mode. Not that I can’t or won’t defend my opinions, just don’t care to do it here anymore. Still enjoy Champ, PJ and a few of the commenters. (Wild Cougar be brangin dat fiyah..lol) Maybe VSB’s gotten too big for it’s own good. *shrugs* me not know…

      • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

        Tex,

        You gotta fight the good fight and keep commenting. I miss your opinions and just seeing you around. Us folk from Texas gotta stick together :)

        • Tx10inch

          Tes,

          Miss u too. U from Tx?!?

          • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

            From the land of Candy Paint and chopped ‘n’ screwed? I am indeed. :)

            • Tx10inch

              Whaaaad? Knew I dug u for a reason. *smile* Just findin this out though? unacceptable!

              • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

                Been told I have a worldliness about me that hides it. But yeah, spent a good half of my life in Texas. Still there actually, against my better judgement lol

                • A Woman’s Eyes

                  Tes & Texas 10 Inches!

                  • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

                    O.O what about us?

                    *hugs* I’ve missed you too, by the way ^__^

                    • A Woman’s Eyes

                      Big Smiles Tes!

    • YeahSo

      “Like, I’m legit nervous about having a differing opinion or asking a question for fear of having to virtually defend myself in a place where my virtual self always felt so safe.”
      -Well that should definitely not be happening… anywhere… I on’t like that sh*t *bites banana*

      • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

        Don’t take it out on the banana! Lovingly eat your banana…wait, is it too early for this conversation? o.O

        *hangs head and sits in corner*

        • YeahSo

          I set myself up for that.

    • http://fourpageletter.wordpress.com keisha brown

      I’m legit nervous about having a differing opinion or asking a question for fear of having to virtually defend myself in a place where my virtual self always felt so safe.

      and thats what makes me sad.
      it’s all wu-tang protect ya neck around these parts now.

      • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

        Protect Ya Neck doesn’t even begin to cover the defense I feel I gotta have O_O.

        *straps on Kevlar*

        *cues up Fiddy Cent*

        • http://fourpageletter.wordpress.com keisha brown

          very very true.

    • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

      How are you Tes? I love you like Chick Fila’s peach milkshake. Yes that much!

      • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

        *e-hugs*

        Foxy Brown! I missed you :D

        I’m doing great, actually. I would mention one of the reasons why, but then Keisha Brown is gonna come in and snicker and point lol

        • http://fourpageletter.wordpress.com keisha brown

          yes.
          yes i would.

          • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

            :-P I ain’t ‘eem say nothin about it though, and there you go lmao!

            • http://fourpageletter.wordpress.com keisha brown

              wait.. you call ME out and then claim innocence????
              #datnuhmekit

              • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

                Mi nuh wan fight yuh, KB. Mi luv yuh so. *e-squeezes* lol

                • http://fourpageletter.wordpress.com keisha brown

                  right back atcha kiddo.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      the fact that you refer to us as Uncle and Auntie has kilt me dead two days in a row. Seriously. LOL.

      • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

        Haven’t I always called ya’ll that? Or no, that was just in my head… >_>
        In any case, get used to it Uncle Panama ^_^

  • Selah

    Hmmm. Idk. I stopped commenting a couple years back (not that I was a big commenter then either lol)… but I do know you guys are the bestest and one of my favorite places on the net to be. I read every night, and you’re #3 on my top 5 bookmarks. Sometimes the comments/arguments can get a lil much for me and I miss the original readers/commenters, but the material is always great! Hope you figure out whatever it is that makes it feel weird for you and fix it :)

    p.s. I also feel like PJ would be a great friend… and I’ve probably had a mini crush on the Champ for a while. Even though I’ve never met him. Idk. Don’t judge. LOL

    • Angel Baby

      I agree with all of this so no bias from me! LOL

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      i’m glad i’d make a great friend. whcih makes sense b/c i really just want to have a drink with everybody.

  • African Mami

    Say warrrrrr now?!

    Jammy Jams you added to my already super doopa nite with this gem right here
    [quitting a blog”. With announcements]. LMAO!! Announcements, fah real fah real?!
    Kola on twitter, already MADE my night by declaring God a woman with a poom poom and period!!

    -Folks, ya’ll know my homeboi Jesus did not die on Calvary’s crossing with a ring of thorns on his head, next to a thief, so that THIS could happen?! Uh uh. He was sent to earth to deliver us from this kind of madness!! MAKE LOVE, not war!! —–>respect the homie! Therefore, I urge ya’ll to “rikita madimoni* —->CAST OUT THE DEMONS!!! STOP ON THEM!! don’t be scurrred.

    With that out of the way, can somebody do me the honors of updating me on who is doing who?!??!??!?!??!?!? Oh mi gosh. This ought to be interesting.

    *I got me my Polar Seltzer calorie free water that tastes like ACID and blueberry Welches fruit snacks*—–>ready to devour gossip.

    • Beautifullyhuman

      Dang, where you been at? You’ve been MIA for a minute…lol

      • African Mami

        @ BH

        I have MAJOR beef with you, by the way!!!!

        Helllo!!

        • Beautifullyhuman

          Que?

          • African Mami

            for being a seductress!!

            • Beautifullyhuman

              LMAO

              *thinks to self: I guess reading”The Art of Seduction” payed off*

              Who did I unintentionally seduce?

              • African Mami

                MY AVI says it all! THATs who!!

                • Breezy

                  MAMI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I doesth misseth thee so mucheth…it hurtheth my soullllleth……where you been hiding Mami?!?!?!?

                  • African Mami

                    Breeeeeezy Baby,

                    Hey mama!! Muah, muah, muah!

    • nillalatte

      Mami?! Where you been gurl?! See you stopped showing up to throw in a little pepper with my salt and all hell broke loose! C’mon girl, get back on the J-O-B! :D

      • African Mami

        QQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQQuuuuuuuen!!!

        How is your hubby?! Meisarebel, or did ya’ll break up?

        • nillalatte

          Meisarebel occasionally pops in, but seems he can’t keep me *ehem* satisfied. ;) Sagey Bear pops in from time-to-time to tease me. JMTG got got after he realized I could be his mother! LMAO. Umm… who else? Needless to say girl, you gots a lot of catching up to do. Stop sleeping on the comments job!

          • African Mami

            Girl weren’t you also part of the revolving threesome ladies for Meechie?! Or am I confusing you with somebody else!!

            Meechie, wasssup PI.M.P.!!

            • nillalatte

              See I thought about gettin with Meechie for a minute, but then he had so many in his harem I didn’t get any attention. Dat’s okay doe, cause there’s plenty of fish at VSB. ;) I think some is scurred doe. *whispers* or they just think nilla is a hoe… dat’s okay, because my birfday is coming soon and you knows I will be doing it right wit all the eboos ;) showing lots of luv

              • African Mami

                girrrrlie, who cares, hoe on out, just make sure that he wears a condom and it doesn’t break. Coz you ain’t gon know who your baby daddy is, and I don’t think that’s a good look for a white girl! Oh shit. I AM JOKING->>>>i don’t want my e-weave being snatched up in this joint!

                uh oh, birfday celebration. Well, listen -imma switch up my drank to a Baileys!! *CLINKS glasses to your drank* We toasting and getting an early start to your birthday, which means we are running these streets tonite!!

                • nillalatte

                  “Coz you ain’t gon know who your baby daddy is, and I don’t think that’s a good look for a white girl!”

                  lmfao… true dat!

              • Kema

                Oh yea!!! Virgo season. When is your b-day Nilla? Mine is tomorrow… Turning 20-11. :-D

                • nillalatte

                  Coming up on the 3rd Kema… And, if I miss your birfday (which I hopefully won’t) I hope you have a wonderfully blessed day! :D

                  • MJoy

                    Mine is the 5th! VIRGO NATION!!!

                    • Kema

                      Hey MJoy! Dont you live in CO? If so what part?

                    • nillalatte

                      MJoy! My first born is the 5th!!! We gonna party on your day too! :D

                  • Asiyah

                    Nilla! Habibti! We share a birthday! <3

                • AStickySituation77

                  Happy (early) Birthday fellow Virgo!!

            • Medium Meech

              Hey mami, where you been hiding?

              @latte, wait whaaaa? Why was I not informed? We could have come to an understanding.

              • YeahSo

                Seriously? *walks away exhausted*

                • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

                  Aww…
                  *pulls up comfy chair for YeahSo*

          • Justmetheguy

            “JMTG got got after he realized I could be his mother! ”

            Ha! Nawl nilla, you know it ain’t like that. You know you’re still my cougar of choice. I’m still lost my VSVirginity to you so you hold a special place in my heart. I just been goin hard (pause) on the topics at hand and “protectin my neck” as the commenters are saying. It’s some vicious e-goons out here attackin ninjas wit either peens or opposing beliefs. Sh!ts gettin real in these VSB streets. There goes the neighborhood and sh!t smh

    • SweetSass

      Where do you get all your luscious man pictures? I need to know… For science! (fusses with papers, clicks mouse absentmindedly)

      • African Mami

        For science?! Errrm, if you want anatomy pictures, I can direct you to a certain place, otherwise, I just google baby!

    • http://missrosen.wordpress.com/ esa

      ~ claps ~

      the return !

      i was just thinkinn how i was gonn write a lil post sayinn things done changed eva since AM left but now you’re back and i can already feel le difference ~*~

      • African Mami

        ~My chimes and lilies beauty~

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1?feature=mhee Perverted Alchemist

      “Kola on twitter, already MADE my night by declaring God a woman with a poom poom and period!!”

      If you’re talking about Kola Boof, then…you know…

      • African Mami

        @ boo,

        KOLA is my girrrrrrrl. She is a crazy azzz WOMANIST, who could really give two fugs about your feelings. When she is spazzing out, you better have a tampon/pad on hand to soak your feelings in!

        vroooooooom, vroooooom, vrrooooom! You dropped from the face of blogging, I note. What prompted your e-death?!

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1?feature=mhee Perverted Alchemist

          Here’s what happened:

          Long story short, I wanted to change my username on YouTube- as I hated my old name. The problem was that ALL of Google’s accounts are connected. So if you close down one, you have to close down all of them and start all over again.

          I may get back into blogging, but my focus is going to shift. I’m probably going to make it more music centric with a dash of humor. Think of it as the thinking man’s Big Ghost Chronicles, LMAO!

    • Kema

      *Screams* Mami!!!! I missed you!!!

      • Justmetheguy

        Looks at avi and screams “Kema’s legs I miss yall!!!” ;) Lookin good babe, and we ALL miss Mami. I’m serious when I say that her presence was severely missed and it’s the PRIMARY reason that the tone has changed so much on here lately. Girl you betta start back commentin on here again regularly. If not, it’s gon be troooooouble trooooouble (Dollar Bill from Playa’s Club voice) lol

        • African Mami

          Hey, MR.Mjoy,

          How are ya? Can you pass my e-love to my femboo, and tell her iHEART her soooooo very very much! Thanks much.

          • MJoy

            FEMBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

            I was gone and then I came back a little and said, “Hold the fugg up!!!! Where is my fembooboo????? And now you are heeeeeeerrre!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

            It’s time to party again!!!! I come to this site… feel tension before getting two comments deep and then I gotta go!

            Love Love Love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MUAH!

      • African Mami

        Goooooooooooooooood LAAAAAAAAAWWWWD!!!!!

        Your body is BANGING!! Yes you is serving them legs. Giiiiiiirl. *weeeeeeeeerrrrrk*

        Hey girrrrrrlfriend!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      even though i dont always understand yoru comments, they are the most exciting looking comments ever. lol.

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

        Yes. I feel like AM is typing and doing cartwheels at the same damn time. lol

        • African Mami

          @ Jammy Jams,

          Life is short, I stay excited. Ain’t got time for e-wars, and e-thuggin. I ain’t about that life.

          @TAC,

          Heeeeeeey!!! OOooooooowe, girrrrl lets me tell ya, I do cartwheels in my heart!! That’s where all this eh, excitement resides!! How are ya girrrrrrlie!!!!

      • https://twitter.com/#!/mackaroto Jay

        Right. You have to cover your ears as you read them.

      • nillalatte

        lmao… that’s true. She does have a way with show e-excitement! lol

    • Keisha

      You’re back!!!! I don’t even know you for real, but your presence was definitely missed. :-)

      • African Mami

        Well, hello there Keisha!

        *Pleasure to meet you mama!!*

    • demondog06

      whoa! did i just hear a ghost!?

      what up mami!

      • African Mami

        hey demondog06,

        Watchu puffin on. If it’s that colored leaf. Me no want it. If it’s shisha, you and I need to find a hookah lounge and catch up.

        By the way, the avi is very segggggggazzzzy!! Kinda jeneskwaaaing me.

        • nillalatte

          OMG… I have so wanted to ask what he was puffing on too! But, I kept my enthusiasm low key. ;) Hookah baby… hookah!!! Date, time, place. :D

          • Justmetheguy

            ” I have so wanted to ask what he was puffing on too! But, I kept my enthusiasm low key. ”

            My sentiments exactly. Dope avi. Hella artistic and sh!t

    • Royale W. Cheese

      Your thread summaries are a great. I’d like to see more if them.

      • http://missrosen.wordpress.com/ esa

        + two continents and a couple of smaller oceans

  • http://dashwilliams.me/2012/08/29/60-minute-man-playlist-track-two/ Dash

    I got “rape cultured” 3 times in a row, and decided that VSB was too hostile. My favorite thing about VSB was that it was a largely pleasurable experience, where trolling was kept to a minimum. Dash values civility. I think I went about 6 months without showing up around these parts, and when I did start reading again, I wouldn’t venture into the comments.

    I did meet a lot of cool cats here, and I value the community even though outside of 3 people, I don’t think I knew a soul who commented on that Lupe post.

    • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

      I had that same feeling of “Who are all you people? o.O” on the Lupe post. Guess we’ve got to get acquainted #nsh*t

      *stands in corner sipping sweet tea*

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

        Ain’t no gettin ukwaintd until I know what block you rep fool!

        *snatches yo tea and poes it out on the curb*

        • http://testorshia.blogspot.com Tes

          *looks from tea on floor to TAC*

          *sniffles*

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/pervertedalchemist1?feature=mhee Perverted Alchemist

      “I did meet a lot of cool cats here, and I value the community even though outside of 3 people, I don’t think I knew a soul who commented on that Lupe post.”

      If it makes you feel any better, I didn’t start commenting until January. What’s happening, pimpin’? *passes Heineken*

    • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

      I missed you referring to yourself in third person Dash. smh

      • http://fourpageletter.wordpress.com keisha brown

        OMG!! an SFG sighting!!!!

        • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

          LOL! I’m looking for LS

          • http://Lizburr.com Liz

            Aw man I get to see keisha brown, sfg and gemmy at the same damn time today!!

            • http://fourpageletter.wordpress.com keisha brown

              *group hug*
              i’ve missed you all.
              *sniffles*

              • YeahSo

                ehhem *cough*… yeah? :-)… no? :-( *hangs head and walks away*

            • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

              Oh how I’ve missed thee Liz *hugs*

          • Mo-VSS

            Wow…I haven’t seen you in a minute SFG. Hope all is well.

            • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

              HOLY SHAT! MO! That does it, I’m logging into Twitter tonight. I hope to ttyl

          • legitimate_soul

            Hi Prezzy, Hi Veeps! :D

            • http://fourpageletter.wordpress.com keisha brown

              YASSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
              congressional fist bump with tears in my eyes.

              • legitimate_soul

                *cues music, hugs Veeps and Prezzy, and pours cocktails for everybody*

      • http://dashwilliams.me/2012/08/29/60-minute-man-playlist-track-two/ Dash

        Dash appreciates that you found a place in your heart to deeply insert his 3rd person musings.

        • Fivegirl

          I appreciated when you changed your name to ‘Dash of the Newport Dashers’ or something to that effect. It had a nice ring to it ;-)

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        Dash! SmartFoxGirl!

        This is great!

    • http://gravatar.com/dhardee1913 loveliest_lady1913

      After reading for about a year, I just started commenting about 2-3 months ago…And I felt the ‘who are you vibe’ towards certain new folks during my lurking/new commenter phase. As a matter of fact, someone (can’t remember who, and really is it important right now) actually replied to a new poster and said something to the effect of “Do we know you?” To which the (presumably) new poster replied “And who is ‘we’?”

      Still, people can’t be scurred to jump in, even when the e-community might seem a little intimadating to newbies, such as myself.

      And since I’m sure I’m one of those who commented on the Lupe post that you didn’t know, and since we’ve not been properly introduced, hello Dash, it’s very nice to meet you.

      • http://dashwilliams.me/ Dash

        It is nice to meet you. My comments are best read with the voice of Barry White.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      you know, Champ brought up a good point regarding knowing folks who comment. if you read the commenters from 08 or even 2010, they’ll all look different. things just change i guess.