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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Very Smart Brothas makes the move to Gizmodo

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 2:51 PM

In some ways, life at Very Smart Brothas is broadly the same as it was before the Pittsburgh/Washington, D.C.-based blog was acquired by Gizmodo Media Group, on June 30. Contributors including co-founders Damon Young and Panama Jackson still turn out acerbic commentaries on African-American culture and politics with titles like “The 10 Best Places for Black People to Escape White People When We Just Don’t Wanna See Them for a While, Ranked” and “White Supremacy Is the Opioid That’s Destroying America.”

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But about 10 days after all VSB’s new content became a vertical under The Root, things are also kind of different — and, mostly, better, says Young. For one, VSB — which already had two million unique visitors a month, with comments for some individual posts numbering in the thousands — is getting even more eyeballs.

“Our traffic has definitely gone up already,” VSB editor-in-chief Young told CP yesterday. That’s not unexpected when you’ve suddenly become part of the Univision empire. But still, having what might have been your best traffic week ever is cause for celebration.

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U.S. Sen. Bob Casey condemns President Trump's comments on Charlottesville violence

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 2:40 PM

Bob Casey at today's Facebook event in Pittsburgh - CP PHOTO BY REBECCA ADDISON
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  • Bob Casey at today's Facebook event in Pittsburgh
At an event in Pittsburgh earlier today, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) called President Donald Trump's comments in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Va., offensive. Trump's latest round of comments, which have angered many over the past 24 hours, equivocated the groups who clashed in Charlottesville over the weekend. On one side were neo-Nazis, white nationalists and the Ku Klux Klan; on the other, those who oppose them.

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