Selected Press

July 6, 2019

What the 2020 Candidates, James Comey and Other Politicos Are Reading This Summer

40 political heavy hitters tell us what’s on their nightstand—and what they’re taking to the beach.


June 13, 2019

Father’s Day Gift Guide: Stylish and Useful Updates to Dad Classics

Dad doesn’t have to give up on polo shirts, camping trips, a cooler full of cold ones, or getting into political arguments at Thanksgiving to keep up though. Here are a selection of gifts that take the masculine classics up a notch.

Erin Vanderhoof, Vanity Fair

June 4, 2019

Damon Young on How to Make It as a Writer in the 2020s: "Move to Pittsburgh"

“Just living there has created this intentionality with me.”

James Dennin, Inverse

May 31, 2019

Damon Young Tells His Story in “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker”

I think that we should all know by now that trying to do or alter our behavior in a way to appease Whites is useless.

Zenobia Jeffries Warfield, YES!

May 15, 2019

Unfiltered: This author uses humor, honesty to talk about race in the US

Writer Damon Young is co-founder of Very Smart Brothas, now part of The Root website. In his recently published memoir, ‘What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker,’ he uses personal stories to address institutional racism.

Candace McDuffie, The Christian Science Monitor      

May 3, 2019

'What Doesn't Kill You' Is A Humorous, Authentic Take On Growing Up Black (audio)

In his new book of essays, Damon Young, co-founder of the blog Very Smart Brothas,sticks it to his high school bully — while also offering insights into race, power and how to be a modern man.

Soraya Nadia McDonald, NPR

April 3, 2019

Damon Young of Very Smart Brothas worries about everything. A lot.

His new book, ‘What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker,’ takes you into the brain of the most anxious black man in Pittsburgh

Soraya Nadia McDonald, The Undefeated

March 26, 2019

'What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker' Is A Powerful Look At One Black Man's Life

For Damon Young ... being black in America is to "exist in a ceaseless state of absurdity; a perpetual surreality that twists and contorts and transmutates equilibrium and homeostasis the way an extended stay in space alters human DNA."

Gabino Iglesias, NPR

March 25, 2019

Damon Young on the 'Absurdity' of Being Black

The co-founder of the cultural criticism website Very Smart Brothas mines his experiences in a new memoir, “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker.”

Concepción de León, New York Times


White People Often Don’t See Damon Young. That’s About to Change.

How Damon Young became a voice for young people of color.

Jamilah King, Mother Jones

March 22, 2019

Damon Young finds hilarity and profundity in vulnerability

Karamagi Rujumba, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

February 27, 2019

Damon Young and the trauma of being Black in Pittsburgh

Ryan Deto, Pittsburgh City Paper

February 15, 2019

Writer Damon Young on "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker"

Kristofer Collins, Pittsburgh Magazine

April 29, 2015

Blogger left basketball behind to chronicle black experience in Pittsburgh

Laura Byko, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette