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The LEVEL Man at 50

DMX Is Finally Happy

We always rooted for Earl Simmons — but seeing his joy as he turns 50 has helped us find our own


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David Dennis, Jr.

Level Sr. Writer covering Race, Culture, Politics, TV, Music. Previously: The Undefeated, The Atlantic, Washington Post. Forthcoming book: The Movement Made Us