Damon Young is writer, critic, humorist, and professional black person. He's a co-founder and editor in chief of VerySmartBrothas -- coined "the blackest thing that ever happened to the internet" by The Washington Post and recently acquired by Univision and Gizmodo Media Group to be a vertical of The Root -- and a columnist for GQ.com. Damon's writing -- which vacillates from anthropological satire and absurdist racial insights to razor sharp cultural critique and unflinching indictments of privilege and bias -- has often generated praise from his peers. Ava DuVernay called his voice "clear and critical." Micheal Eric Dyson said he's "one of the most important young voices in humor writing today." And Kiese Laymon called his work "the best of American twenty-first century writing." A native Pittsburgher who attended Canisius College on a basketball scholarship, Damon is also a member of ACLU Pennsylvania's State Board. He currently resides in Pittsburgh's Northside, with his wife and daughter and many half empty boxes of gourmet pancake mix.Read more Read less
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Interview: Listen in as Damon Young talks about what it meant to hold both his childhood and current ideas of black masculinity up to the light in his insightful and funny memoir, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker. Note: Portions of this interview contain mature language.
I wonder how much of a role socialization played in me having certain ideas of what a man is supposed to be, what a husband is supposed to be, what a wife is supposed to be, and what a woman's supposed to be in a family unit.
- What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
- I wonder how much of a role socialization played in me having certain ideas of what a man is supposed to be, what a husband is supposed to be, what a wife is supposed to be, and what a woman's supposed to be in a family unit.