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Genelle Levy (Editor)

Genelle Levy is a freelance culture writer who covers lifestyle, feminism, race, gender and the intersection between pop culture and social issues. She began her career as a contributing newspaper reporter in Syracuse, NY, covering local arts and culture before becoming an editor at Art+Auction. Currently as a freelance journalist her work has appeared in USA Today, TeenVogue, Bustle and Out Magazine. When she’s not writing, Genelle can be found reading, cooking or watching too many movies.

Stories By Genelle Levy (Editor)

How Ted Bundy’s Killing Spree Launched a Legion of Feminist Karate Masters

When a serial killer terrorized 1970s Seattle, these women banded together to defend themselves. Now they’re teaching a new generation to take control.

The King Who Ordered a Quarantine to Flatten the Curve 4,000 Years Ago

Little was known about the mystery disease that was ravaging the ancient kingdom of Mari. But King Zimri-Lim knew the key to stopping it was social distancing — and no small...

The Black Investigator Who Went Undercover as a White Man in the Jim Crow South

Walter Francis White helped the NAACP document the truth about lynchings in America. The fact that he could pass as caucasian came in very handy.

The Unsung Black Musician Who Changed Country Music

From the moment DeFord Bailey stepped onto a stage in Nashville, country music would never be the same. It was decades after his death before he finally got his due.

My Secret Life as a Mysterious Multimillionaire’s Personal Assistant

It started with a simple Craigslist ad. Before long I was being sent on sketchy tasks, pocketing wads of cash, and trying not to think about where his money came from.

Meet the Paranormal Moms Society

These suburban mothers are deadly serious about chasing ghosts.

My Secret Life as The World’s Worst Professional Matchmaker

I don't know how I landed this job. But the most surprising part is that instead of helping my clients find love, they helped me get out of an abusive relationship.

Confessions of an Outsider in Elite Black America

As a scholarship student at a fancy private school, I gained entry to a world few Americans see: rich, privileged and black. I decided I wanted no part of it.