Damon Young and Panama Jackson have delivered some of the most insightful commentary on current events from the last nine years through their site, verysmartbrothas,com, but their future will now be seen on The Root, an afro-centric site from Gizmodo Media Group.
Young and Jackson will both hold the title of senior editors at The Root, which in June logged its best traffic month of the GMG era. VerySmartBrothas is being integrated as a standalone vertical.
“Damon and Panama are acutely attuned to the pulse of black America. They often put into words what our hearts definitely feel. Damon and Panama understand what is at stake in the black community in this present climate, and know how to tap into our politics and culture viscerally with humor, intelligence and wit," said The Root managing editor Danielle Belton.
The best part of this is not only do Young and Jackson now get a steady check from their hard work, but they can now pay freelancers too. A win-win for all involved.