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Trailer For 'Very Smart Brothas - The Series' Debuts (Based On The Popular Website)

by Sergio
September 12, 2013 12:25 PM
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You've probably heard of the website Very Smart Brothas (HERE) - a blog based around the lives, thoughts and opinions of its two creators, Damon "the Champ" Young and Panama Jackson. And now they're making a move to another medium with their own series entitled (what else?) Very Smart Brothas: The Series.

The series will revolve around two bloggers fumbling along in their own dating mishaps, while making a successful living as relationship experts.

The series is being produced by Earl Bolden Jr through his production company Solo Journey Productions, and stars David Hunter Jr. (left) and Lou Breckenridge (right).

We featured the series' IndieGoGo campaign to raise $20,000 in funds to finance the series' pilot episode, last fall.

Almost a year later, it's complete and has been selected to participate in the New York TV Festival's Independent Pilot Competition. They've sent us the first trailer for the series, which is embedded below:

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  • Warin | September 12, 2013 11:11 PMReply

    This looks intriguing. I'll definitely check it out.

  • Panama Jackson | September 13, 2013 3:32 PM

    Thanks. We hope you enjoy.

  • Tammy | September 12, 2013 9:44 PMReply

    These brothas look hot. Both caramel and chocolate. Are they ripped? Do they take their shirts off? I'll watch. Bring it on baby. We sistas got needs ;)

  • Panama Jackson | September 13, 2013 3:33 PM

    No shirtless scenes. Not in the pilot anyway. Perhaps later down the line should we get the opportunity to develop the show further. For the

  • JEFTCG | September 12, 2013 8:57 PMReply

    It takes a certain kind of writer to come up with something original, something fresh. My hat's off to these guys for getting off their butts and trying.

    My muted advice to all the "webisode"-makers out there: check three films that pretty much created and set the bar for this "sexy-quirky-writer-dude" genre when yall were just kiddies: "Love Jones", "Hav Plenty", and "The Best Man", theatrically released almost back-to-back in 1997, 1998, and 1999, respectively. "Love Jones" for its gorgeously composed images, "Hav Plenty" for its razor sharp writing, "The Best Man" for its audience-transcendent, crossover ensemble.

    Pick one of those three. It can only help.

  • JEFTCG | September 14, 2013 12:02 AM

    ***...Haters out there, please know I understand the difference between "articulation" and "enunciation". Good night and good luck.

  • JEFTCG | September 13, 2013 11:59 PM

    Panama, nice to meet you, and congrats to you, sir.

    All three of those films were, and still are, popular (granted, within their respective circles.) With noted irony to your comment, "Hav Plenty" is probably the movie that your piece (and, really, all "Webisodes" I watch today) closely resembles in both style and content: no-budget, no-name cast, and bright, articulate dialogue.

    All I'm repeating is something Sergio stressed in an earlier post: that all these webisodes are starting to look alike. And yes, like short versions of "Hav Plenty": guerilla indie production, not great acting, but heartfelt vision and intense articulation. In the late 90's, that was rare for black movies (and Chris Cherot was notably rewarded). Today, we see it every time we click on a Webisode.

    So I repeat: creating original content is the hardest thing to do. And again, I congratulate you for getting off your butt and doing something about it.

  • Panama Jackson | September 13, 2013 3:32 PM

    JEFTCG - It's entirely possible that Damon and I are the same age as you are citing those films. While the jury is definitely out on "Hav Plenty" (I happen to enjoy it but I don't think it's particularly good), "Love Jones" and "The Best Man" are regarded by us both in a similar vein to your own views.

  • Monique A Williams | September 12, 2013 11:44 PM

    Hav Plenty is about as terrible as a film can be. Corny writing, horrible acting, very unbelievable situations. The other two are very fine selections, personal faves.

  • Tim | September 12, 2013 5:35 PMReply

    Tina, I thought she was a standout as well.

    Feels like the premise is based off of Think Like A Man. Am I right? The trailer doesn't do a good job with the hook for the show.

    Best of luck to these guys.

  • Damon Young | September 12, 2013 5:50 PM

    Thank you for the well-wishes. I can see how the trailer suggests a Think Like a Man-ish premise, but the actual pilot is much more surreal and absurd than that.

    Thanks again, and I hope you check it out.

  • Tina | September 12, 2013 4:45 PMReply

    I actually watched the clip without reading any of the intro paragraph material. Just the name of the series.

    My overwhelming take-away is that I have no idea what this is about. I get that there are two guys who wrote a book and have a website? Yes? But what is the hook?

    Also, two of the four women featured feel like tired stereotypes of critical black women. My heart sank when I saw them. There was no context given for their harsh rejection or why they'd be so dismissive of your main characters' romantic overtures.

    On the upside, the one woman -- long hair, hipster glassess -- was a standout. She is not only visually interesting but the actress delivered her lines like she was a natural comedienne.

  • Damon Young | September 12, 2013 5:57 PM

    Taja Simpson (the actress with the glasses) definitely is a stand out. If I'm not mistaken, she's making regular appearances on The Bold and The Beautiful now.

    As far as the other women in the trailer, it'll make much more sense why they were so harsh with the rejections when watching the full pilot. (Trust me. The rejections---well, one of them at least---are warranted.) You might even laugh.

  • Michiline | September 12, 2013 3:37 PMReply

    Terrible writing. Just awful.

  • Damon Young | September 12, 2013 5:58 PM

    LOL. Don't hold back so much next time. Tell us how you really feel.

  • Panama Jackson | September 12, 2013 3:29 PMReply

    Tough crowd. But live people respect it. Thanks for the input, Johnnie MD, Nadia, and CC. Hopefully when the actual pilot is released, you will enjoy that more. While I realize that the trailer hasn't made you want to see the pilot, I'd ask that you check that out anyway. If you still find it terrible then, well, hey, we tried. All input is good input as far as I'm concerned.

  • CC | September 12, 2013 4:12 PM

    Well Panama, no disrespect intended but this crowd IS the real live crowd. I mean, they're certainly a rough and tumble crowd, but very seldom do they miss the mark. So I'd suggest you look deep into their feedback (and maybe ask for more) to discover what you may be doing wrong, BEFORE you get in too deep. Headsup... don't let your ego get in your way.

    If not, you may have to find your crowd or find your lane before you find success in the web series market.

  • D.A. | September 12, 2013 4:08 PM

    @panama jackson. You have my undying respect for stepping into the crucible of anonymous internet commentarati, where it costs nothing to rip anyone a new one who has the guts to put their heart and soul out there. Much respect how you responded. And, for what its worth, I'm intrigued by the trailer. General market white folks have made several careers off mumble core ironic humor. They even coined a phrase for it. Pimp on and rep for very smart brothers all over the world. I feel you.

  • Johnnie MD | September 12, 2013 2:59 PMReply

    I agree with CC. This did not make me want to checkout the series, but it did make me want to checkout the blog.

  • Damon Young | September 12, 2013 6:00 PM

    Well, one out of two aint bad. Seriously though, check it out when the full pilot is released. It might surprise you.

  • Nadia | September 12, 2013 2:34 PMReply

    Tired. Just tired. I hope the series has much more to offer than what this trailer shows.

  • Damon Young | September 12, 2013 6:03 PM

    It does. But, don't take my word for it. Judge it again after seeing the full pilot. (In fact, I'll promise to buy you a cup of coffee if it still makes you tired.)

  • CC | September 12, 2013 1:36 PMReply

    "perhaps you should change the name of your blog to very smart brothas who write like they're better looking than they are"

    ...and perhaps they should change the name of this clip to Very Smart Brothas Whose Trailer Is Not Very Smart.

    I thought a trailer was suppose to grab the viewer, compelling them to beg for more. This clip left me with the bland feeling of "and?" what was I suppose to get from that hodgepodge of nothingness? I certainly wouldn't call a friend to suggest they tune in. What would I tell them, something like "hey, you gotta check out this new web series. It's ah... like I said, it's new, and it's aah... it features 2 black guys and aah... you know, there's some black women in it too, but aah... I can't tell you much about it but I think it's in some kind of competition, so, aah, yeah, you gotta check it out"

  • Damon Young | September 12, 2013 6:05 PM

    "hey, you gotta check out this new web series. It's ah... like I said, it's new, and it's aah... it features 2 black guys and aah... you know, there's some black women in it too, but aah... I can't tell you much about it but I think it's in some kind of competition, so, aah, yeah, you gotta check it out"

    If a friend sent me that email, I would totally check out the show.

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