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Apr 30
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I'll Be Around

This month makes 10 years from the weekend I drove from Pittsburgh to D.C. for a party to celebrate both the three-year anniversary of the launch of VerySmartBrothas—the blog Panama Jackson, Liz Burr, and I created in 2008—and the release of Your Degrees Won’t Keep You Warm At Night, a self-published compilation of

Apr 26
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Yeah, I Can Watch This Clip of Daniel Kaluuya and His Famous Bruvs Celebrating His Oscar Win Forever

One of the everlasting values of Saturday Night Live is that it recreates a dynamic that really only exists one other place in popular culture—the NBA All-Star Game. Although the intensity level of that game is notoriously inconsistent, what remains static is how easy it is to discern comfort. In this group of the 24

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Apr 20
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I Hope You Already Got That Pair of Kobe's That You Wanted Because If Not, You're About to Pay Stupid Prices For Them

On December 24, 2020, Nike (and I presume the Kobe Bryant estate, headed up by his wife Vanessa Bryant) decided to re-release the Nike Kobe Zoom 6 Protro in the green apple/black/volt-crimson colorway. The shoes, affectionately referred to as the “Kobe Grinches” (because of their super green color and the additional

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Apr 14
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Award-Winning Author Topé Folarin Joins <i>Pass The Peas</i> to Talk About His Life, His Time at Morehouse College, His Debut Novel, <i>A Particular Kind of Black Man</i> and Res' <i>How I Do</i>

One of the coolest parts of this entire journey with Very Smart Brothas is the sheer amount of cool people I’ve had the opportunity to meet. If there’s one reason I’d tell anybody to start up that thing you want to do it’s easily because, if you do something right, the world opens up and it’s full of tremendous folks.

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Apr 7
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Is 'Return of the Mack' the Greatest Song Ever? A Debate With <i>The Root</i>'s Shanelle Genai, Who Disagrees (She's Wrong), on <i>Pass the Peas With Panama Jackson</i>

On March 18, 2021, Mark Morrison’s “Return of The Mack” reached its 25th birthday. To commemorate this accoladational (Editor’s note: this is not a word) achievement for this song that really is the best song ever, I shared an article I wrote in 2017 stating as much, titled “Return of The Mack” Is The Best Song Ever

Mar 31
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An Ode to My Favorite Poem of All Time—From the Movie <i>Trippin'—</i>Whose Title I Can't Put Here Because It's Profane

Y’all really don’t talk about the movie Trippin’ enough. Released in 1999 and starring everybody’s favorite next-door neighbor, Bud—Deon Richmond—and Maia Campbell, Trippin’ is one of those movies that never gets old, is always fun and seems to get absolutely no flowers, and I have no idea why. Richmond plays Greg

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