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If they only want to go for theirs, they should just say so

As the summer roiled with protests over the murder of George Floyd by police and the pandemic drove a wave of activism into Zoom chats, I found myself once again watching an online panel discussion about the state of Black men in America. I had observed dozens of similar events…

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Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying

I’ve been thinking a lot about joy lately.

Maybe it’s the Thanksgiving trip I recently canceled. Maybe it’s the constant despair we’ve experienced throughout 2020 — the feeling that we’ve spent a year of our lives suspended between moments of tragedy. Either way, I can’t help but wonder where joy…

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Remembering Chadwick Boseman, Kobe Bryant, and John Lewis

Every year, we reacquaint ourselves with grief. Yet in 2020, grief became the backdrop to everything. If it wasn’t a pandemic disproportionately affecting Black and Brown communities, it was unchecked police violence that robbed folks like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor of their lives. …

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Growth can’t happen without loving yourself, so let’s celebrate us

To say 2020 has been a tough year is an understatement, and that’s even more pronounced for Black men. Between external pressures like systemic racism and a global pandemic, the internal pressures we bring upon ourselves, and the toxicity of some of our own brothers, it’s felt at times like…

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Queens rapper turned community watchman Anthony Herron Jr. epitomized the phrase ‘Protect Black women’

Jennifer McLeggan felt she was all out of options. The 39-year-old single mother and registered nurse had been racially harassed by her neighbor for the three years since she first moved into her Long Island house just outside of Queens, New York. And while the means of intimidation grew more…

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From neighbors to fathers to first responders, anyone can be the best of us

Last December, LEVEL was born. All around us, magazines and websites were doing their year-end thing, and not just their year-end thing — their decade-end thing. Here we were, coming into the world like a mewling newborn, launching a brand new publication about the growth of Black men, just as…

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Black health care workers watch the pandemic continue to take a disproportionate toll on people who look just like them

In March, when Dr. Kameno Bell saw a patient come out of an ambulance and into his emergency room, he did a double take because the man looked so much like him. Black man, same build, about the same age as Dr. Bell — and all he could manage to…

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