GQ December/January 2021

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United States
Conde Nast US
10 Issues

in this issue

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MOBOLAJI DAWODU Fashion director Dawodu styled six men whose families have been devastated by police brutality. “Ever since I became a father, I love and respect dads even more,” he says. “It was a beautiful experience.” AWOL ERIZKU Photographer Erizku, who photographed the men, was inspired by them: “Despite all the obstacles that have come their way, they’re all highly revered leaders in their respective communities.” MOSI SECRET Writer “These guys become public figures when they’re still grieving,” says Secret. “I was interested in how their sense of fatherhood changes amid all of that.” MOBOLA JIDAWODU: PAOLA KUDACKI. AWOLE RIZKU: JOHN JAY. MOSI SECRET: KARISHA HICKMAN.…

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best stuff box

For the latest edition of the GQ Best Stuff Box, we partnered with NBA All-Star and mental health warrior Kevin Love on a wellness-inspired kit that’ll keep you cozy, present, and ridiculously well–groomed this winter. As part of the partnership, GQ is donating $100,000 to the Kevin Love Fund, which works to normalize conversations around mental health. Our latest box includes: Riley Home blanket Rains Dopp kit GQ Pintrill pins Schmidt’s deodorant Lapcos sheet masks & more $200+ VALUE FOR ONLY $50 See what’s in the latest box at…

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the best things about the worst year ever (prologue)

I’M NOT GONNA torture y’all by summarizing what made this year so tough. But I do believe the most important thing you can do—on good days and bad days, in good years and bad years—is give thanks. So here, in celebration of our 25th annual Men of the Year issue, are 25 things (in no particular order) I’m grateful for in 2020. 1. For the weeks that gave way to months of uninterrupted time spent with my universe partner, Heidi, and our two cats. It was glorious, spacious, and totally unexpected.2. For the chance to set the record with 17,013 home-cooked meals in a row.3. For long hikes.4. For epic, life-affirming phone calls with old friends, and with my mom.5. For the fearless members of the mighty GQ squad, who proved…

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from the bubble to the stars with jaylen brown

JAYLEN BROWN WAS stumped. Our Zoom call was rounding the hour mark and our conversation had hit a lull, so I threw out what should have been a softball question: If you could have dinner with any three people in history, who would they be? “That’s a great question,” the young Celtics guard said, perking up. “Give me a sec.” Brown is one of the most thoughtful minds in the NBA, and at 24, he’s already emerged as one of its most enlightened voices on social injustice. He stared down at his chest and, after a minute or two, glanced up and proposed an alternative: Instead of three, could he pick four? A former Berkeley student who’s spoken at Harvard and was named a fellow at the MIT Media Lab, Brown…

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holiday gifts for the most important person on your list: you.


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leader of the lost boys

WHEN HE WAS a student at North Springs Charter High, Jordan Terrell Carter started going to house parties hosted by an older rapper he knew, a fixture on the Atlanta scene known as Key. Carter was already in the orbit of Awful Records, the lo-fi collective of self-described “weirdos” that would later sign him, and the crew would often make their way to Key’s parties, on Moreland Avenue in East Atlanta, which were as legendary for the stars they launched—it’s where Future filmed his “Trap Niggas” video—as for their chaos. Over time Carter began performing at the parties, and on one particularly rowdy New Year’s Eve, he got all three floors of guests going so hard that the house itself buckled. “We broke the fucking floor,” he recalls. When we meet…