black men

Does Kamala Harris Have a Working-Class Black Man Problem? It's Complicated

Does Kamala Harris Have a Working-Class Black Man Problem? It's Complicated

It didn’t seem to be that controversial of a statement given the data. Since the Donald Trump presidency; the Georgia governor’s race; the St. Louis mayoral race and others, a certain number of black
Eat, Pray, This Can’t Be Love

Eat, Pray, This Can’t Be Love

John Singleton. Dead at 51. Stroke/Hypertension. Read more...
Peabo Bryson Thanks First Responders Who Saved His Life: ‘There Is So Much to be Grateful For’

Peabo Bryson Thanks First Responders Who Saved His Life: ‘There Is So Much to be Grateful For’

Almost a month removed from a heart attack that left him hospitalized, balladeer Peabo Bryson visited the first responders who saved his life so he could express his tremendous gratitude in
A man’s guide to showing love in a world that teaches him to demonstrate dominance

A man’s guide to showing love in a world that teaches him to demonstrate dominance

Writer Mitchell S. Jackson and activist Michael Latt weigh in on how they were taught to show love, and when they realized that was way off.
10 Unbiased, Impartial and Very Good Reasons Why You Should Buy Damon's Memoir, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

10 Unbiased, Impartial and Very Good Reasons Why You Should Buy Damon's Memoir, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker

If you follow VSB on any media platforms, you know that Damon is currently in week one of his national tour for his debut book, a memoir-in-essays titled What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker,
Meet the former federal prosecutor who wants to abolish prisons

Meet the former federal prosecutor who wants to abolish prisons

Georgetown Law professor Paul Butler became a prosecutor to change the criminal system from within. Instead, it changed him.
In Your Lifetime, How Many Different People Have Cut and/or Done Your Hair?

In Your Lifetime, How Many Different People Have Cut and/or Done Your Hair?

It started with a pre-Thanksgiving conversation about how sensitive we (black men) are with our hair, a discussion sparked by a homie’s lament that he needs to find a new barber because his current
#MeToo taught this black, male author that America encourages abuse and harm

#MeToo taught this black, male author that America encourages abuse and harm

Kiese Laymon always knew he would write a book. As a 44-year-old professor of English and creative writing at the University of Mississippi, he’s written…
A Look Back at the Reaction to 'Straight Black Men Are the White People of Black People' a Year Later

A Look Back at the Reaction to 'Straight Black Men Are the White People of Black People' a Year Later

A year ago, a line in a piece from Saki Benibo—an assertion also articulated a year before in a tweet from Mela Machinko—inspired me to write something of my own based on that statement. The result
Why You Just Can’t Trust a Man With Weak Dap, Explained

Why You Just Can’t Trust a Man With Weak Dap, Explained

My answer depends on who asks.Read more...
Why Do Black Republicans Usually Have Such Bad Haircuts? An Important Exposé

Why Do Black Republicans Usually Have Such Bad Haircuts? An Important Exposé

Before we begin today, I believe it’s important to make something clear. Read more...
Yeah, Telling Black Women ‘To Carry Pepper Spray’ to Fight Street Harassment Is Missing the Point

Yeah, Telling Black Women ‘To Carry Pepper Spray’ to Fight Street Harassment Is Missing the Point

While at lunch with a friend a few years ago, she couldn’t locate her lip gloss, so she emptied her purse out on the table to find it. She didn’t have much in there—an iPhone, a wallet, her keys and a
We Don't Trust the Criminal Justice System Until It Clears a Black Man of Sexual Assault. Then We're All In

We Don't Trust the Criminal Justice System Until It Clears a Black Man of Sexual Assault. Then We're All In

In what I imagine will eventually be a very regretful decision on her part, Angela Rye—noted #BlackGirlMagic trumpeter, public speaker, CNN contributor and women’s empowerment scion—decided to jump
Powerful, Immersive Play As Much as I Can Brings Voices of Southern Gay Black Men and HIV/AIDS Awareness to Harlem

Powerful, Immersive Play As Much as I Can Brings Voices of Southern Gay Black Men and HIV/AIDS Awareness to Harlem

Currently, Angels in America, the most Tony Award-nominated play in history, is smack in the middle of its much anticipated revival on Broadway in New York City. Debuting in 1992, Tony Kushner’s
Another Starbucks Refused to Let a Black Customer Use the Bathroom

Another Starbucks Refused to Let a Black Customer Use the Bathroom

Assuming that the problem is only at a company's lower level is a fast road to failure.
Starbucks's CEO Just Met With the 2 Men Arrested Last Week. It Was a Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

Starbucks's CEO Just Met With the 2 Men Arrested Last Week. It Was a Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

Developing empathy is easier said than done. Here's a real-life example of how to do it right.
Oh Nooow Y’all Want to Boycott Starbucks? I Been Trying to Get Y’all to Do That for 15 Years!

Oh Nooow Y’all Want to Boycott Starbucks? I Been Trying to Get Y’all to Do That for 15 Years!

Have you ever been right for the wrong reason? I’m sure you have. We all have. Well, when it comes to Starbucks, I’ve been right for both the right and wrong reasons. Starbucks has always represented
Is It a Coincidence That Today’s Most Outspoken Black Male Athletes Are Married to Black Women? (Hint: Nah)

Is It a Coincidence That Today’s Most Outspoken Black Male Athletes Are Married to Black Women? (Hint: Nah)

In 2005, Kanye West articulated the perceived inevitability of successful black men leaving black women for white women in “Gold Digger”—a song where he was 1) speaking specifically to black women and
“God Looks Like Draymond Green”

“God Looks Like Draymond Green”

Culture Kings Carl, Edgar, and Jacquis discuss the NFL & NBA, what to bring to a cookout, how to react to a fight, queen of the week, deep cut of the week, & more!
Ed Sheeran Stole From TLC? World’s Most Entitled Human 12.21.17

Ed Sheeran Stole From TLC? World’s Most Entitled Human 12.21.17

In episode 53, Jack & Miles are joined by comedian Ify Nwadiwe to discuss Wyatt Koch, Apple slowing down iPhones, The Office re-boot, Netflix's Bright, plus Pod Save The People's Deray McKesson