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Behind the Brilliance

Feb 2, 2017

This episode is the perfect kickoff to Black History Month. Writer and Very Smart Brothas founder Damon Young (a self-described Professional Black Person) joined me for a funny and fascinating conversation about his journey from basketball star to writer.

Beyond sharing his witty observations, Damon gets personal and talks about how getting married changed his art for the better, why desperation has been useful for his craft, and so much more.

Say hi to Damon and tell him what you thought of this episode: @verysmartbros

Topics Covered:

-The realization Damon had that led him to give up his basketball career (he's still a Pittsburgh hoop legend)

-Why 'Dick and Haiku' is the grandfather of 'Netflix and Chill'

-Damon's stint as a teacher and his made up curriculum

-How Very Smart Brothas was born and how Damon thinks about its growth

-The serendipitous events following the release of Damon's first book

-Damon's advice to aspiring full-time creatives

-How Damon thinks about parenting, being an outsider, and managing his time

-and much more

Hit me up and let me know what you thought of this episode: @LisaNicoleBell

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