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LEVEL Best Man 2020

The Defiance of Black Joy in an Especially Anti-Black Year

Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying

Illustration: Franco Égalité

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…




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David Dennis, Jr.

David Dennis, Jr.

Level Sr. Writer covering Race, Culture, Politics, TV, Music. Previously: The Undefeated, The Atlantic, Washington Post. Forthcoming book: The Movement Made Us

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