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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Jul 15, 2019 at 04:10.

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 27: Junk Yard Band 'Loose Booty'

30 Days of Musical Blackness With VSB, Day 27: Junk Yard Band 'Loose Booty'

Washington, D.C., and its culture absolutely changed my life. I was first introduced to D.C.—outside of the national stories about Marion Barry—in a pre-freshman program the summer before my freshman year at Morehouse College in 1997. A few of the students in the program were from D.C. and they all stood out for their fashion choices, vocal inflections and attitude. I’d wager that...

Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 14, 2019.

Foul Ball: ‘Offensive’ Video Ties Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to ‘Enemies of Freedom’ at Minor League Game

Foul Ball: ‘Offensive’ Video Ties Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to ‘Enemies of Freedom’ at Minor League Game

As the great Beyoncé once said, “You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation.” And so it seems when it comes to the Notorious AOC, aka U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

A minor league baseball team is apologizing to the New York congresswoman known for her impassioned brand of progressive politics and policies after a video aired before a game that seemed to suggest she was...

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jul 12, 2019.

The President’s Personal Fourth of July Party Has Bankrupted D.C.’s Security Fund

The President’s Personal Fourth of July Party Has Bankrupted D.C.’s Security Fund

Remember just a few weeks ago when the president planned a “my dicktatorship is bigger than yours” July Fourth event in which he wanted tanks and jets and sparklers and shit?

Well, it sounds like that whole thing has bankrupted the Washington, D.C., security fund as they have spent some $1.7 million reserved for protecting the nation’s capital from terrorist threats.

I know what you are...

Jul 10, 2019.

Where Is America's Blackest City?

Where Is America's Blackest City?
America's Blackest CityFor Black History Month, we asked writers to explain why they think their hometown, current residence or notable place deserves the title of America’s Blackest City by defining a city’s history, music, cuisine, notable figures, and cultural touchstone/unique black fact.  

How do you define the blackness of a city? For Black History Month, we challenged writers to explain...

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jul 08, 2019.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference Slated to ‘Rise’ Above Trump-Era Shenanigans

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference Slated to ‘Rise’ Above Trump-Era Shenanigans

For the first time since the Obama administration left office and subsequently moved most of the chocolate and reasonable, left-brain thinking out of the White House, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 47th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C., is upon us. It all starts Wednesday.

In the past, CBC annual events were a time of black celebration—and education. They were...

Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 04, 2019. 15 comments

#BoycottTrump4thOfJuly Trends 1 Day Before Trump’s Yuuuge Plans to Hijack the National Holiday

#BoycottTrump4thOfJuly Trends 1 Day Before Trump’s Yuuuge Plans to Hijack the National Holiday

U.S. presidents traditionally have been hands-off when it comes to the Fourth of July so as to avoid politicizing commemorations of the nation’s birth. But not Donald Trump, whose decision to insert himself in Washington, D.C.’s annual celebration with a speech at the Lincoln Memorial and an elaborate display of military might had the hashtag #BoycottTrump4thOfJuly trending Wednesday.

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Jun 23, 2019.

The Final Days of Obama’s Presidency: Moving Van Spotted Inside White House

The Final Days of Obama’s Presidency: Moving Van Spotted Inside White House

Sad days are upon us, folks: A moving van was reportedly spotted outside the White House on Wednesday.

CNN reporter Michelle Kosinski tweeted a photo of a white Moving Masters Inc. truck parked inside the White House gates near the West Wing.

The Obamas, who will be out of the White House in two weeks, reportedly offered to leave Sasha and Malia's swing and play set for President-elect Donald...

Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Jun 17, 2019.

Wash. Community Bands Together to Remove Racist Vandalism Covering Black Family's Home

Wash. Community Bands Together to Remove Racist Vandalism Covering Black Family's Home

Marvin Phillips was called away from his first weekend camping vacation with his family Friday morning after being told that his home and truck had been vandalized.

According to the Washington Post, no one wanted to tell Phillips—who happened to be one of the few African Americans in the small rural community of 1,800 people in Tenino, Wash.—what the graffiti said.

Someone had sprayed "KKK" and...

Jay Connor Jay Connor May 29, 2019. 3 comments

Lonnie Bunch III Becomes First Ever Black Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Lonnie Bunch III Becomes First Ever Black Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

Try as they may, black excellence can only be denied for so long.

To that point, congratulations are in order to Lonnie G. Bunch III—founding director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture—who cracked the code and just became the first black person in the 173-year history of the Smithsonian Institution to be named secretary.

The Washington Post reports that his...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin May 24, 2019. 13 comments

Has Barack Obama Been Working Out???

Has Barack Obama Been Working Out???

We need to talk about the president.

No, not the bloated Twitter troll serving happy meals to world-class athletes, I’m talking about Barack Obama, a man whose post-Oval Office glow-up has been so painfully apparent and so well-documented, it’s actually fucking rude.

Take this latest example from Wednesday, when Mr. 44 stopped by the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Southeast D.C....

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot May 11, 2019. 23 comments

Natasha the Snitch: Black Twitter Savages DC Metro Tattletale

Natasha the Snitch: Black Twitter Savages DC Metro Tattletale

Early Friday morning, a brave citizen named Natasha Tynes boarded the Washington, D.C., Metro with her pockets and soul apparently overflowing with an abundance of fucks that she intended on disbursing throughout the day. Upon boarding, our brave Natasha spotted a black woman dressed in a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority uniform, sitting alone, eating, which is obviously against...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Apr 30, 2019. 22 comments

White Supremacists Descend Upon Book Store, Chant 'This Land is Our Land'

White Supremacists Descend Upon Book Store, Chant 'This Land is Our Land'

An unseasoned collection of white nationalists who apparently are fed up with all this “inclusion and diversity” nonsense had some things to get off their chest this weekend during a book event in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Post reports that card-carrying members of the MAGA mafia descended upon bookstore Politics and Prose to disrupt a discussion on the newly released Dying of Whiteness:...

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Panama Jackson Panama Jackson Apr 20, 2019. 20 comments

Howard U's President Dropped a Statement About Walking Dogs On The Yard; Here's How It Reads In My Head

Howard U's President Dropped a Statement About Walking Dogs On The Yard; Here's How It Reads In My Head

Washington, DC, is in the midst of a culture war between the new residents who want to mold the city into their own version of VanillaTown and the folks who didn’t ask for any of this shit but now have to defend their ways of life. Yes, we’re talking gentrification. From new residents of Chinatown trying to stop the kids from playing music near the Gallery Place Metro, DC’s current mayor (who...

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Apr 18, 2019. 18 comments

Black People Are Fighting Against Gentrification and for the Heart and Soul of Their Cities

Black People Are Fighting Against Gentrification and for the Heart and Soul of Their Cities

Last week at the corner of 14 and U, a throng of mostly black people swayed in unison to the beat of a live go-go band. The drums and horns blasted as people walked from near and far to not only hear their indigenous music but also to join the resistance. The band and its audience were protesting in response to a nearby Metro PCS shutting off its outdoor go-go music due to a complaint from a...

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Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Apr 09, 2019. 21 comments

D.C. Fights Back Against Colonizers Who Want to Ban Go-Go Music From an Iconic City Corner

D.C. Fights Back Against Colonizers Who Want to Ban Go-Go Music From an Iconic City Corner

Back in 1498, a few years after Christopher Columbus pillaged the Caribbean and before he set sail to Trinidad, Columbus landed in the District of Columbia. He asked where he could get a good half-smoke, and the people told him to go to Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street. There Columbus and his crew dined on foodstuffs drenched in chili, and somewhere off in the distance Columbus heard a melodic,...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Apr 08, 2019. 11 comments

Motel 6 Provided Personal Info of Guests with 'Latino-Sounding Names' to ICE Agents, Settles $12M Lawsuit

Motel 6 Provided Personal Info of Guests with 'Latino-Sounding Names' to ICE Agents, Settles $12M Lawsuit

With direct access to your credit card, home address and Funyuns infatuation, hotels collect more personal data than just about everyone not named Mark Zuckerberg. As such, they possess a tremendous amount of power you would hope they would wield responsibly. But sadly, not only did Motel 6 miss the memo, but they purposely compromised the safety of over 80,000 guests.

According to the...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Feb 28, 2019. 8 comments

‘The Obama Effect’: POTUS and Forever First Lady Portraits Draw More Than 1 Million Visitors to Museum

‘The Obama Effect’: POTUS and Forever First Lady Portraits Draw More Than 1 Million Visitors to Museum

Let’s be clear, before The National Portrait Gallery unveiled the presidential portraits of Barack Obama, by Kehinde Wiley, and Michelle Obama, by Amy Sherald, most of us had not checked the 50-year old museum on our D.C. things to do list.

However, like the world, the Obamas changed things.

In fact, according to the Washington Post, in the year since the modern, colorful depictions have gone...

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Jessica Moulite Jessica Moulite Feb 01, 2019. 1 comments

On DC’s MLK Avenue, Where Over-Policing Reigns, King’s Dream Is Far From a Reality for Residents

On DC’s MLK Avenue, Where Over-Policing Reigns, King’s Dream Is Far From a Reality for Residents
A King's PlaceThere are nearly 1,000 streets named after Martin Luther King Jr. across the country, and each has its own unique story. The Root’s A King’s Place series explores streets throughout the nation that bear the civil rights icon’s name and tells the stories of the people who live there.  

When remembering Martin Luther King Jr., society often removes some of his most radical politics...

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Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Jan 24, 2019. 12 comments

Sheila Jackson Lee Leaves Judiciary Committee After Former Staffer Alleges She Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Assault

Sheila Jackson Lee Leaves Judiciary Committee After Former Staffer Alleges She Was Fired for Reporting Sexual Assault

Longtime Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee has announced plans to resign as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’ nonprofit operation, after she was named in a lawsuit alleging she fired a young woman who planned to press charges after an alleged sexual assault by a former Congressional Black Congress Foundation employee.

Jackson Lee also vacated her seat on the powerful...

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VSB Staff VSB Staff Dec 12, 2018.

MUST LOVE BEARDS DC Day Party Ticket Giveaway

MUST LOVE BEARDS DC Day Party Ticket Giveaway

IDon'tDoClubs is returning to D.C. for another Must Love Beards party. It'll take place Saturday, February 6th from 3pm to 8pm at The Park at Fourteenth.

For women interested in Black men with beards, this is basically beard porn. It's like the beard Spice Channel. And, if you're a bearded brotha within a 50 mile radius of D.C. and you're not at this party, something must be wrong with you....

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