LEVEL Best Man 2020

Who Do You See in the Mirror? LEVEL Readers Weigh In

Growth can’t happen without loving yourself, so let’s celebrate us

LEVEL Editors
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8 min readDec 8, 2020


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To say 2020 has been a tough year is an understatement, and that’s even more pronounced for Black men. Between external pressures like systemic racism and a global pandemic, the internal pressures we bring upon ourselves, and the toxicity of some of our own brothers, it’s felt at times like we were under siege from all sides. Recently, LEVEL asked its readers to look within, and to share with us what they see when they look at themselves. Growth and evolution can be sparked by many things, but the processes can’t continue without self-love and confidence. So here’s to you, Black men — may you see someone capable, empathetic, and beautiful every time you look in the mirror.

Ralph Bristout

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