Selected Video & Audio

July 1, 2019

The Case For Washcloths: Why White People Need to Wash Their Damn Legs

Social media showed us that some people who happen to be white have boycotted the entire leg and hand washing experience. Watch Damon Young try to make sense of it all.

Very Smart Brothas on Facebook

June 3, 2019

In conversation: Authors Jacqueline Woodson & Damon Young | BookCon 2019

Jacqueline Woodson (RED AT THE BONE) & Damon Young (WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU BLACKER) talk about their new books, life, and brown bodies.

Penguin Random House

May 16, 2019

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker Launch Party

On March 23rd, Ace Hotel Pittsburgh hosted a launch party for What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker.

Damon Young on Facebook

May 14, 2019

Facebook Live with Ebele Okobi

Damon Young, author and co-founder of VerySmartBrothas.com, was LIVE from the Facebook offices to discuss his acclaimed new memoir What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker.

HarperCollins Publishers UK on Facebook

May 6, 2019

The Short Stacks 12: Damon Young

On today’s episode of The Short Stacks our guest is Damon Young. We talk today about the anxieties of releasing a memoir into the world, public apologies, and getting blurbs from people you admire. Have no fear, there are no spoilers today.

PodcastOne

May 3, 2019

Down Ass White Boy Bingo: A Conversation with Author Damon Young (With Friends Like These Podcast)

What does it mean to be a well meaning white person? What does it mean to have to deal with well meaning white people? This week Damon Young joins Ana Marie Cox to grapple with those questions and more.

Crooked Media

April 24, 2019

Damon Young & Kiese Laymon: The "Good Dude" Closet (Death, Sex, & Money Podcast)

Writers Damon Young and Kiese Laymon both are on book tour, promoting their acclaimed memoirs. And while they've been friends via social media for years, they'd never met face to face before recording a conversation for Death, Sex & Money. The two sat down together to talk about basketball and body image, money anxieties, and why being a "good dude" might be more about fear than anything else. 

WNYC Studios

Apr 17, 2019

Very Smart Brothas' Damon Young: the hyper-cognizance & beauty of being black in America S2E04

With over 2.5 million weekly “Very Smart Brothas” readers, a GQ column and new Harper Collins book “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker,” Damon Young is artfully illuminating life as a black man in 21st century America.

The Heinz Endowments

April 15, 2019

Damon Young's Black Survival Glossary

Damon Young runs through some of the terms necessary for understanding his new book, What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker.

Jezebel

April 14, 2019

Damon Young on celebrating black excellence

Damon young talks about his book "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays" at the L.A. Times Festival of Books.

Los Angeles Times

April 4, 2019

Pittsburgh Author Damon Young Thrust Into National Spotlight

Damon Young is fast becoming a literary star, writing about what it's like to be black in the City of Pittsburgh; KDKA's Andy Sheehan reports.

CBS Pittsburgh

April 4, 2019

Writer Damon Young On Being Black And The Absurdity Of It All (1A Podcast)

For Damon Young, it all started with a blog.

NPR

April 3, 2019

“No Country for Black Men” with Damon Young (Keep It Podcast)

Damon Young joins Ira, Kara, and Rae (filling in for Louis) to talk about his new memoir What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker.

Crooked Media

March 26, 2019

Author Damon Young on America’s shifting narratives around race

Writer and co-founder of Very Smart Brothas joins Salon’s D. Watkins to talk about his new book “What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays.” Young’s sometimes absurd and hilarious memoir details his experience as a black man in America.

Salon

March 6, 2019

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker Promo

Very Smart Brothas on Facebook

September 17, 2018

Terence Nance and Damon Young on Random Acts of Flyness, Intentional Acts of Blackness, and the Beauty of Lotion

Writer and co-founder of Very Smart Brothas joins Salon’s D. Watkins to talk about his new book “What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays.” Young’s sometimes absurd and hilarious memoir details his experience as a black man in America.

Very Smart Brothas

December 20, 2017

Very Smart Brotha, Damon Young Explains It All

Damon Young breaks down some of the blackest things on the internet, and explains Darth Becky, Darth Susan and Darth Jamal

Very Smart Brothas on Facebook