This episode is the perfect kickoff to Black History Month. Writer and Very Smart Brothas founder Damon Young joined me for a funny and fascinating conversation about his journey from basketball star to writer.
Beyond sharing his witty observations, Damon shares the things he’s learned as he’s made excellence a priority in his writing.
Say hi to Damon and tell him what you thought of this episode: @verysmartbros
Damon Young | Writer + Founder of VerySmartBrothas.com
Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com and EBONY Magazine. And a founding editor for 1839. And he’s working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes.
TOPICS COVERED (partial list)
-The realization Damon had that led him to give up his basketball career (he’s still a Pittsburgh hoop legend)
-Why ‘Dick and Haiku’ is the grandfather of ‘Netflix and Chill’
-Damon’s stint as a teacher and his made up curriculum
-How Very Smart Brothas was born and how Damon thinks about its growth
-The serendipitous events following the release of Damon’s first book
-Damon’s advice to aspiring full-time creatives
-How Damon thinks about parenting, being an outsider, and managing his time
-and much more
STUFF MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE (clickable links below)