Cover Photo: A Conversation with Damon Young by Natalie Degraffinried

A Conversation with Damon Young

“I’d write ten pieces a week because I liked having lights in my apartment.”

Pittsburgh native Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VerySmartBrothas (VSB), a blog-turned-magazine by and for Black people. He is also a columnist for and Magazine. Damon is currently working on a book of essays forthcoming from Ecco. Damon writes about pop culture, race, sports, dating, politics, and just about any other topic he could infuse with his signature snark and humor—here, he talks about his writing and editing processes, building his loyal community at VSB, pancakes, and more.


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Natalie Degraffinried is a writer, music-lover, gamer, and Black movie quote code-switcher. She'd love long walks on the beach if she didn't hate sand. Natalie is currently based in Brooklyn. See where her mental exhaust goes at @NatIsExtra on Twitter.