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Let’s be real, you need all the sleep you can get. Sure, you used to pull all-nighters for no reason at all, but these days, you can barely stay up past the first half of Laker games. (Make sure you get your naps in!)

Speaking of professional sports, all of the athletes in your age group are in the twilight of their careers — that is, if they’re even competing at all. Commentators talk about these players like they’re damn dinosaurs, relics from another time. Don’t take it to heart, fam.

Your body is gonna pay for that order of…


An underwear shot revealing a little bit of a gut isn’t exactly the bravery we’re looking for

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Let’s get one thing clear right away: Will Smith isn’t fat.

Smith recently posted a couple of pics of himself on social media with no shirt on, exposing his lack of six-pack abs. It’s probably the first time he hasn’t had visible abs since the mid-90s when he made his sex symbol debut as the trigger-happy cop Mike Lowrey in Bad Boys. It appears that Smith, like millions of other people the world over, added on a few pounds during the pandemic, and I’m almost spot-on with the amount. But by the time you read this, he will have likely…


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Swipe left. Swipe left!

A man on his phone.
A man on his phone.
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If we wanted to practice the process of elimination, we wouldn’t be on a dating app — we’d be somewhere flunking our LSATs.

There are only three explanations for upping the ante with a “super like”: A) this person is intensely into your profile, and may or may not want to have your babies; B) they are desperate, and possibly a creep; or C) it was an accidental swipe. The mental gymnastics are exhausting, so we’re just gonna assume it’s B.

This person types phrases like “just ask” as their bio, which kind of defeats its purpose (and makes for…


Like many writers, I tend not to respond to comments. But it’s time for some exceptions.

A yellow paper quote bubble on a fishing hook with a blue background.
A yellow paper quote bubble on a fishing hook with a blue background.
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I have been told several times over the years that, as a writer, I internet wrong. That seems to mostly hinge on a personal rule I put in place a few years back: With rare exceptions, I don’t respond to comments on my work.

There are several reasons I’ve installed such a defense mechanism. The primary one is that people who post replies are generally a fraction of the people who read an article — and statistically speaking, those who make the time to comment do not mean the writer well. I spend hours writing, researching, and experiencing whatever I…


Welcome to Minority Report, a weekly newsletter from the LEVEL team that packs an entire week into a single email. From learning how to hear other people’s perspectives to the week in racism, from pop-culture picks to a must-read LEVEL story, it’s everything you need and nothing you don’t. If you’re loving what you’re reading, tell a friend to tell a friend.

Prior to this weekend, the vast majority of us had never imagined gospel legend Kirk Franklin calling someone a “bitch ass.” That all changed Saturday, after his estranged son, Kerrion, released a video of his dad cursing him…


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The voice-chat social platform skyrocketed in popularity last fall, largely due to an influx of Black users. But we’ve heard this song before.

It was the night of December 8, and a group of Black users on Clubhouse were threatening a boycott.

Meezy, 21 Savage’s manager, had created a room on the voice-chat app expressly for that purpose; from its virtual “stage,” he proclaimed in his vehement rasp that he was willing to delete Clubhouse from his phone if the company didn’t act on his demand within 24 hours. Dozens of voices spoke up, pledging to follow his lead. Even legendary DJ Clue voiced his commitment to the cause, despite being in the middle of his radio show on New York’s Power 105.1…


This Week in Racism

It’s an embarrassment of riches in our weekly roundup of the world’s most preventable disease!

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Death and taxes used to be the only two certainties in life. But no matter how much progress it feels like we’re making sometimes, the sad fact is you can probably slide racism into that list. Are we in a moment of uprising that feels like it has the potential to create real, systemic change? Yes. Do people and organizations still show their ass on a daily basis? Oh, most definitely. And to keep tabs on all that ass-showing, we created a weekly racism surveillance machine. …


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No double taps for you!

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If the Fyre Festival documentaries revealed anything, it’s that a lot of the people making you jealous with their jet-setting are literally renting out studio space and snapping glossy photos of a would-be life. Or, simply photoshopping themselves on the Great Wall of China. We know it’s cap, but the FOMO still slaps.

There are only so many “live laugh love” mantras, screengrabbed tweets, and quotes misattributed to civil rights leaders that one person can take. There are literally whole other apps dedicated to words — including, but not limited to, the platform you’re currently scrolling.

This weight room warrior


Welcome to Minority Report, a weekly newsletter from the LEVEL team that packs an entire week into a single email. From men showing their ass policing women’s bodies to the week in racism, from pop-culture picks to a must-read LEVEL story, it’s everything you need and nothing you don’t. If you’re loving what you’re reading, tell a friend to tell a friend.

Men ruin everything. Actually, let me rephrase that: Men ruin everything for women. And that goes double for Black women.

Consider two non-Bernie internet trends that have dominated the young but already eventful 2021. First there was the…


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Consider this a subtweet

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This person has big federal-agent energy. Whenever you say something mildly shady about someone else, they quote-tweet you and tag the person’s handle, usually to invite that person and their armada of dweeby followers to trash your mentions. If we wanted to address them directly, we would’ve done so ourselves, you weird-ass hall monitor.

Please. Please leave us alone so we can make our jokes in peace. We don’t care about facts on this hellscape of an app. We just want the soft caress of temporary happiness.

This first cousin of the “Well Actually”-er wants to remind us that we…

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