Last month, a Black man was killed by a White man in Oregon because he complimented the man’s White girlfriend. Sound familiar?

Earlier this year, an old photo of Emmett Till and his mother spread across the internet. Although the picture of Till alive and smiling next to his mother had been seen for decades, its revitalization came from the fact that it wasn’t in black-and-white; the slain boy has seldom been…


A couple of new indoor vaccine mandates have begun to disrupt the upcoming hoops season before its start.

The start of the NBA’s 76th season is less than three weeks away, and the frontrunner for the 2021–22 championship is the powerhouse least affected by Covid-19.

Initially, the projected frontrunners for…


Late and incongruent decision-making has caused the President to fumble the country’s Haiti relief and border crisis (again)

At the top of the summer, Haiti appeared to have an ally in the United States. The distressed country has been corroded by political and financial corruption that has fostered extreme poverty and subsequent spikes in violent underworld activities — plights that were only intensified by the coronavirus pandemic. This…


The Emmys didn’t get it completely wrong, but they certainly didn’t give it up Black. Here are a few award-worthy actors they overlooked.

Jonica T. Gibbs

“I am a big fan of Lena Waithe, as well as her show on BET ‘Twenties,’” says Tiffany Lea Williams, EVP of Unscripted Programming…


The slasher reboot not only improves on its predecessor, but reveals that America’s sickest killer is in the mirror.

When it comes to the top killers of the horrocore world, Candyman isn’t revered as much as Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees. The reason, however, is deeper than Black versus White…


Imagine the United States being as relentless with healthy living as it is vaccination.

We learned in grade school that viruses attack cells in the body. The unhealthier the cell, the more successful the virus is in its takeover. What it seems some have forgotten is that the purpose of…


Last week, New York City became the first major American city to implement an indoor vaccination mandate. We spoke with several natives about the Big Apple’s new segregation. The perspectives are as varied as they are colorful.

So far, 9 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered throughout…


NY attorney general Letitia James used the governor to ascend professionally — then later destroyed him with sexual misconduct allegations

Letitia James’ LinkedIn account is due for an update. Not only should her title read New York attorney general, but she now also adorns the esteemed distinction of being the woman responsible for ending the political career of Andrew Cuomo.

It was James whose investigation into sexual misconduct and abuse…


For the one year anniversary of LEVEL’s 2020 40 Rappers Over 40 List, we are proud to report that ageism in hip-hop is at an all-time low. Your favorite wordsmiths are maturating better than ever.

André Benjamin a.k.a André 3000, one half of the greatest hip-hop duo of all time…


The Olympics’ sexist and racist punishment of female athletes of color makes it difficult to celebrate the contests

I’m rooting for 18-year-old Namibian runners Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi in the Olympics’ 200-meter competition not only because they’re incredible athletes but because they’ve been biologically discriminated against.

A couple of weeks ago, the two teens were banned from Tokyo’s 400-meter race because, according to the World Athletics, their…

Bonsu Thompson

Bonsu Thompson is a writer, producer, Brooklynite and 2019 Sundance Screenwriters Lab fellow.

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