Very Smart Brothas on Love and Self-Awareness
Wondering why your soul mate's so hard to find? Try looking in the mirror first, advise bloggers Damon Young and Panama Jackson, authors of Your Degrees Won't Keep You Warm at Night.
Since 2008, with the help of their technical wizard Liz Burr, Damon Young and Panama Jackson have been serving up on-point and witty relationship advice on their popular blog, Very Smart Brothas. Whether you're a diva dude, a pretty girl with "ugly girl" problems or a fake good girl pretending to be Joan from Girlfriends, you can definitely relate to their take on the art of dating.
Young and Jackson open up about their new book, Your Degrees Won't Keep You Warm at Night: The Very Smart Brothas Guide to Dating, Mating, and Fighting Crime, and how they are using humor, intelligence and brutal honesty to change the conversation about black love.
The Root: Why do you think that people are so interested in relationship books and blogs?
Panama Jackson: Because it's what we care about. If you put a bunch of black men and women in a room together, we automatically start talking about what is wrong with each other. [Laughs.] We have all been through so much emotionally, relationshipwise, and everybody has an opinion.
TR: Explain the book's title.
PJ: It's a nod to Kanye from one of his infamous skits from the College Dropout album -- the dude with all the degrees and he still can't get a woman. His degrees can't keep him warm at night.
Damon Young: It gives you an idea of the tone of the book. This isn't the typical conversation about relationships, but it's no Tuesdays With Morrie, either. [Laughs.] This is a book you are going to have fun reading.
TR: What I like about your work is that after reading it, I don't feel battered. [Laughs.] So much of the public conversation about black relationships is abusive and sexist. It can be depressing.