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The Only Black Guy in the Office

Stimmy envy is too real

Illustration of a man working at a computer daydreaming of being a rich man lying on a big check.
Illustration of a man working at a computer daydreaming of being a rich man lying on a big check.
Illustration: Michael Kennedy for LEVEL

One of the first rap songs I ever learned the words to was “Mo Money Mo Problems” by the Notorious B.I.G. Even as a young’un, I was fascinated by the hook Kelly Price sang: “I don’t know what they want from me / It’s like the more money we come across, the more problems we see.”


It was a year of loss, but that’s not the only thing he’ll learn

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In March 2020, my wife and I went on our last date outside the house. Here’s the story I want to tell my son about that night and all that happened during his first year of life.


Anyone who said NY was dead after Covid-19 arrived wasn’t a New Yorker to begin with

A pride colored heart is seen on a subway car near a person wearing a mask as the city moves into Phase 2 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus pandemic on June 25, 2020 in New York City.
A pride colored heart is seen on a subway car near a person wearing a mask as the city moves into Phase 2 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to curb the coronavirus pandemic on June 25, 2020 in New York City.
Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

There’s one way to put even the mellowest New Yorker into a fit of rage: insinuating, in any way, that New York City is dead.


While the real world is stalled out and spiraling, we’re busy leveling up

Original illustration by Oakland School for the Arts student, Vinh Truong

Whiteness, it seems, has a monopoly on all things.


While speed will increase into this month, we still have more work to do

“Public health officials should be providing vaccination services in multiple languages, with multilingual informational materials easily accessible.” — Benjamin Renton


THE ONLY BLACK GUY IN THE OFFICE

Demands? Nah. But if you want me back at a desk, call them ‘action items.’

Illustration: Michael Kennedy

Like many of us, I initially expected the shift to mass remote work to be a short-lived adjustment — four to six weeks of working from home, just enough time to make an office return feel refreshing. Now, almost eight months later, it’s hard to imagine ever going back.


Abolition for the People

The best way to curb pandemics like Covid-19 is to abolish the conditions that breed their spread

This article is part of Abolition for the People, a series brought to you by a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a Medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men. The series, which comprises 30 essays and conversations over four weeks, points to the crucial conclusion that policing and prisons are not solutions for the issues and people the state deems social problems — and calls for a future that puts justice and the needs of the community first.


Between a pandemic and a traumatic news cycle, it’s been a trying year for many Black couples. Here’s how to keep the fire burning in the bedroom.

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Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, my sexual relationship with my partner has transformed like Autobots and Decepticons. Any semblance of normalcy has melted into oblivion; in its place, there’s a constant yearning for stability. Due to uncertainty and constant stress, we haven’t turned off the lights, cued up the Chilled R&B playlist, and shaken our headboard nearly as much as we did before the world went to shit.


Just Rankin’ Sh!t

It’s phallic gourd season, y’all!

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6. Eggplant

It may be played out in the emoji world, but the humble aubergine still belongs in every pandemic garden — both for its alluring purple color and its hall of fame BDE.

5. Sweet potatoes

Get into the pink with these tasty tubers. You might even find one Georgia O’Keeffe would have loved.

4. Penis peppers

This is true: Amazon sells seeds for hot chili peppers that look like penises. Not on purpose, exactly. (And as penises go, they’re not not weird-looking.) But still, there’s no better way to keep it spicy.

3. Carrots

Carrots have almost been ruined by that one disgusting Trump meme, but don’t let…

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