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The LEVEL Man at 30

As he heads towards his thirties, the electrifying actor is laying himself bare — and finding a new sense of balance


Photo: Josefina Santos

The LEVEL Man at 40

Daniel Baker developed his gifts. Desus Nice gave them to the world. Now it’s time to expand.


Illustration by HelloVon for LEVEL

The LEVEL Man at 50

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


Shawn Carter has rewritten the playbook and outgrown men twice his age. Does a billionaire have anything left to prove?

An illustration of Jay-Z
An illustration of Jay-Z
Illustration: Jacob Rochester


The actor/writer/director turned sketch comedy into a test bed for groundbreaking horror. Now, he heads into his next decade armed with the power to match his talent.

Illustration: Jacob Rochester


With the incendiary ‘Slave Play,’ Jeremy O. Harris became the youngest Black man to have his work staged on Broadway. What comes next?

An illustration of Jeremy O. Harris
An illustration of Jeremy O. Harris
Illustration: Jacob Rochester


The whole point of the come-up is to challenge yourself. We celebrate three men who have done exactly that.

From left to right, an illustration of Jeremy O. Harris, Jay-Z, and Jordan Peele.
From left to right, an illustration of Jeremy O. Harris, Jay-Z, and Jordan Peele.
Illustration: Jacob Rochester

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