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Fatherhood 101 With Very Smart Brothas and the Dads of The Root!

Father’s Day is right around the corner and the one thing the men of VSB and The Root know how to do is procreate. It’s a talent really. Since we all love our children and love being parents, we decided to come together, talk about what fatherhood looks like and offer some tips for those considering the vocation and…

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 15: Fela Kuti ‘Lady’ 30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 15: Fela Kuti ‘Lady’

I’d heard of Fela Kuti before I heard Fela. But when I finally made the discovery of Nigeria’s Olufela Olusegun Oludotun Ransome-Kuti aka Fela Anikulapo Kuti aka Fela, I was done for.

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 14: Sister Nancy, 'Bam Bam' 30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 14: Sister Nancy, 'Bam Bam'

I literally have zero recollection of the first time I heard Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam.” I don’t remember it at all before college though, so I’ll just go ahead and assume I heard it at the same place I heard so many dope songs during my college tenure: (what we called) “Fashion Fridays” at Spelman College’s Lower…

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 13: Lysette Titi, 'Young, Sad and Blue' 30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 13: Lysette Titi, 'Young, Sad and Blue'

For years, I knew very little about Lysette. For instance, I had no idea her actual artist name (at the time) was Lysette Titi. I didn’t know she was from the D.C. area. I had no idea she was, at one point, a lead singer for legendary D.C. go-go band Backyard Band. All I knew was that in early 1998, during my freshman…

Queen Sugar's Season 4 Premiered Last Night and Fam—It's Crazy! Let's Recap! In GIFs! Queen Sugar's Season 4 Premiered Last Night and Fam—It's Crazy! Let's Recap! In GIFs!

Queen Sugar’s fourth season debuted last night on OWN, and bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh, they came out swinging. The episode, titled “Pleasure Is Back,” takes us back to St. Josephine, La., where our favorite cast of characters are all out here with their eyes on prizes and basking in the glow of love. It seems that everybody…

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 12: Luther Vandross, 'So Amazing' 30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 12: Luther Vandross, 'So Amazing'

I don’t know what you can say about a song already called “So Amazing” that literally lives up to its title, even though the “amazing” being referenced is love. I mean, it really is so amazing to be loved, even following people to the moon and the sky above. Not much has to be said about Luther Vandross and his voice.…

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 11: Fresh Start Worship, ‘Mention’ 30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 11: Fresh Start Worship, ‘Mention’

I listen to a lot of music, from hip-hop to country to rock ’n roll to even Celtic (seriously, some of that harp work jams ... on the one), but when I need to hear something that digs into my soul, I go straight for gospel, and more specifically, praise and worship.

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 10: Geto Boys, 'My Mind's Playing Tricks On Me' x Isaac Hayes, 'Hung Up On My Baby' 30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 10: Geto Boys, 'My Mind's Playing Tricks On Me' x Isaac Hayes, 'Hung Up On My Baby'

Like many of us, I spent various moments yesterday reading mixed reporting on the status of Bushwick Bill, member of pioneering Houston rap group, Geto Boys.

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 9: Ray J, 'One Wish' 30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 9: Ray J, 'One Wish'

I hear you looking at me right now like, “How did Ray J end up ‘round here?” And to that I say, despite the fact that I have stated very plainly that I’m a fan of one Willie Ray Norwood, I didn’t put Ray J on this list, I put “One Wish” on this list because this song is absolutely fire. And it has always been. This…

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 8: Teni, 'Party Next Door' 30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 8: Teni, 'Party Next Door'

One thing I’ve made it a point to do more in the past few years is dig heavier into current music coming from Africa. So many artists are breaking through (i.e., Davido, etc.) but there is just SO SO much dope music coming from West Africa—Nigeria in particular.

Raphael Saadiq Is About to Make Your Summer Better With the August Release of His New Album, Jimmy Lee Raphael Saadiq Is About to Make Your Summer Better With the August Release of His New Album, Jimmy Lee

Raphael Saadiq, the most underappreciated R&B artist of all time, is about to bring forth the sound and light with his Aug. 23 release, Jimmy Lee. It will be his first solo release in eight years, following up his 2011 release, Stone Rollin’.

From Morehouse College’s Bookstore to My Gate at the Airport in Under 40 Minutes: An Atlanta Story From Morehouse College’s Bookstore to My Gate at the Airport in Under 40 Minutes: An Atlanta Story

Let’s just give you all the punchline first: Dear people who live in Atlanta, I made it from Morehouse College’s campus bookstore to my actual gate at Hartsfield-Jackson in under 40 minutes, while gassing up my rental car and dropping it off to the facility in between. Also, I have receipts to prove it. Seems…

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 7: Mother’s Finest, 'Love Changes' 30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 7: Mother’s Finest, 'Love Changes'

I came to know this song by way of one of the greatest groups ever assembled: Immature. The trio of Marques “Batman” Houston, Jerome “Romeo” Jones and Kelton “LDB” Kessee recorded “Feel the Funk” in 1995 for the white-savior extraordinaire film Dangerous Minds soundtrack (it was also included on their 1995 album, We…

Open Thread: VSB x Mahogany Books June Book Club Meeting Selection, Zora and Langston by Yuval Taylor Open Thread: VSB x Mahogany Books June Book Club Meeting Selection, Zora and Langston by Yuval Taylor

Back on May 15, we announced that as a way to engage the online VSB community with the in-person monthly book club meeting, we’d post an open thread on the day of the actual book club meeting for those who aren’t in D.C. or who would rather have a convo about the book online. Well, today is the day of the book club…

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 6: Oddisee, 'That's Love' 30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 6: Oddisee, 'That's Love'

Oddisee is one of the hardest working artists in music. And I say music, and not just hip-hop, because his catalog is so expansive that it’s unfair to limit him to the genre he’s most well known for. And that’s if you’re familiar at all. Oddisee seems to live in that interesting space of being supremely highly…

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 5: Letta Mbulu, 'Mahlalela (Lazy Bones)' 30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 5: Letta Mbulu, 'Mahlalela (Lazy Bones)'

Today, we’re going international with our Black Music Month love. As a hip-hop head who also tried his hand at music production, I’ve spent a considerable amount of time crate digging, searching through entire obscure record label catalogs, hoping to come across the perfect sample. Well, that’s how I came across Letta…

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 4: Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, 'Be Real Black For Me' 30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 4: Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway, 'Be Real Black For Me'

Since first discovering Donny Hathaway, he’s been my favorite singer ever. His version of “A Song For You” is one of the few musical compositions to ever bring tears to my eyes and I’ve made it a point to own every ownable composition of his in multiple formats. I’m also a Roberta Flack fan, though a very choice…

5 Black Men React to Netflix's When They See Us, Ava DuVernay's Series About the Central Park Five

On May 31, Netflix released the Ava DuVernay-helmed miniseries, When They See Us, which delves into the case of the Central Park Five, the five black and brown boys who were convicted in 1990 in both the media and the courtroom for a crime they didn’t commit. In 2002, they were exonerated after the actual perpetrator…

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Days 2 and 3: Tank and The Bangas, 'Spaceships' + The Roots 'Act Too (The Love Of My Life)' 30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Days 2 and 3: Tank and The Bangas, 'Spaceships' + The Roots 'Act Too (The Love Of My Life)'

You’re getting a twofer today; it’s a celebration, bitches! This weekend I made my way up to Philadelphia for the 12th annual Roots Picnic (whole article comin’) to celebrate my 40th birthday (more on this coming soon, too) and because of the amount of drinking and shenanigans I participated in, Day 2 got lost in the…

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 1: Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, ‘They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)’ 30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 1: Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, ‘They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)’

June is Black Music Month and we here at VSB have decided to celebrate with aplomb and splendor. Just like we did back in February with our 28 Days of Literary Blackness series, we also love music and relish in the opportunity to celebrate that love as frequently as possible. Sometimes you just have to kick back and…

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