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The LEVEL Man at 40

When your moniker is Desus Nice, you can’t afford to be mediocre. You’ve got to be quicker, wittier, more aware of and conversant with the surrounding world. You’ve got to be able to distill information, to disseminate your born knowledge to those not as learned or perceptive. You have to…

An illustration of Jay-Z
Illustration: Jacob Rochester

TThe year Shawn Carter turned 20 (1989) was the year Jay-Z was born. A peripatetic hustler, he’d been running the streets, running from poverty — a quest that also helped him outrun, if unwittingly, an early demise. His mentor, Jaz-O, had been sent to London by his record label to…

Illustration: Jacob Rochester

ByBy the time Get Out hit theaters in the early months of 2017, I was beyond ready to escape Connecticut. I had lived there for more than two years at that point, initially brought there by a partner’s job. I’d had a hard time adjusting, in part because it was…

An illustration of Jeremy O. Harris
Illustration: Jacob Rochester

“A“A couple white people snuck in tonight, but I’m fine with that,” says Jeremy O. Harris, seated cross-legged on stage in a wide denim skirt. It’s mid-September, and the 30-year-old playwright is basking in historic victory: A preview performance of his Slave Play filled every seat inside the John Golden…

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

WWhat a time, two young men told us in 2015, to be alive. And while Drake and Future were referring to what we now know was the relatively innocent period before the country tipped headlong into Trump-fueled chaos, it’s more than a little possible they were talking about themselves. Drake…

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