(Photo courtesy of Jonathan Newton/Washington Post; Flyer courtesy of Panama Jackson/VSB)
Two weeks ago, Dr. Umar Johnson had an event in Brooklyn, where the Prince of GhostedGoFundMe was scheduled to give a talk, sign some books, and share beard maintenance tips. (He does have a pretty impressive beard.) Three brave people volunteered as tributes, to attend and report back on their findings. Here are…
While riding in an Uber last week — traveling from Memphis International Airport to the hotel I was staying in — I asked the driver if she, a 60-something Black woman and life-long Memphian, had any recommendations on which BBQ joints I should sample during my short stay in town. To my dismay, she suggested Rendezvous…
1. Because I'm one of the hosts, and I want to see y'all niggas.
And I want to recoup the money I put up to rent the space.
What started out as a trip to Morehouse College (and a chance to actually speak at my alma mater) to speak to a journalism class about finding their voice turned into a whirlwind busy as the dickens Sunday and Monday in the A. Lots of stuff happened. Let’s talk about it.
What started out as me making a trip to Atlanta to speak to a journalism class at my alma mater, Morehouse College, which I've never had the honor to do before, has morphed into a full blown ATL roundup. Wrote a song about it; like to hear it? Here it goes.
Black Voices In A New America: A Convo About Black Media Spaces featuring Panama Jackson and David Dennis, Jr.
Last month, Damon and I had the pleasure of visiting BET to be interviewed for a Black History Month campaign they're running called, "Great 28." Our profile dropped yesterday on BET.com. Thanks to BET for bringing us up and giving us an additional platform to share the VSB word. For the culture, for the community.…
The New Edition Story: A Very Extraordinary Watch Party
Couple things going on in the VSB world that we wanted to let you all know about:
REMINISCE UGLY SWEATER PARTY AND TOY DRIVE
Today, the #AcrossTheFence interview series with my dad culminates with two segments — one where I explain how and why I began to think and write about race, and one where my dad shares a story about his Uncle Wilbur, the first Black fireman in New Castle, Pa (and the man my dad is named after).
Couple things about this video:
The screen adaptation of August Wilson’s iconic Fences — starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis — comes to movie theaters on Christmas Day, 2016. This is a historic moment, the first major August production on the big screen.
I wish I could say I was surprised that Derrick Rose and his cohorts were found not liable on all counts in the civil trial accusing them of rape, but I’m not. Disappointed, certainly. I’ve indicated previously that I believe he did it, and in following all of the details of the case — from the motions filed to the…
One of the best things about having a space like VSB for eight (!!!) years is that it allows for growth, progression, and evolution to be tracked, archived, and curated. We've seen relationships form at the molecular level, and we've watched them grow. (And, in some cases, end.) We've seen VSB-related marriages and…
As I wrote yesterday, the University of Houston's Valenti School of Communication invited me to campus to speak about race and writing and shit. Video footage of the talk is below.
I was recently asked by the good folks from ORS Olive Oil to participate in their #NoStereotypes campaign. Now, I can see you wondering how exactly I fit in with a natural hair product line. And that's just it, maybe I don't. But hey, look at you STEREOTYPING! See, that's the point here, I ain't got no hair but I'm…
Along with being the homie and a VSB extended family member, Tonja Renee Stidhum (who you might know as "Cheekie") is also a talented filmmaker. (And a full length mirror selfie taker!)
Is that a Darth Becky t-shirt you're wearing?