A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah’s harrowing feature explores not only the background of Dylann Roof, who murdered nine parishioners of Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in 2015, but also the racial and social identities that still prevail throughout the South.

Source: GQ
Published: Aug 21, 2017
Length: 48 minutes (12,206 words)

The Ken Doll Reboot: Beefy, Cornrowed, and Pan-Racial

A behind-the-scenes look at the redesign process of the new, diverse lineup of Ken Dolls.

Source: GQ
Published: Jun 20, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,104 words)

Mahershala Ali Thinks We Can Still Make this Country Great

Even though his first and last names get him profiled, even after working on four seasons of the dark political TV series House of Cards, Moonlight‘s star Mahershala Ali feels hopeful about America’s future.

Source: GQ
Published: Jun 19, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,283 words)

Welcome to Chef Jordan Kahn’s Anti-Locavore Fine-Dining Spaceship

As many chefs focus on local foods, Jordan Kahn in Los Angeles sources in a galaxy far, far away to create a futuristic, immersive, all-consuming experience.

Source: GQ
Published: Jun 7, 2017
Length: 6 minutes (1,619 words)

Dwayne Johnson for President!

A profile that will leave you smiling. Caity Weaver spends time with the most lovable man in Hollywood — his secret gyms, his desire to keep you properly hydrated, his rare ability to remember everything about you — and his possible next quest: a run for president.

Source: GQ
Published: May 10, 2017
Length: 21 minutes (5,419 words)

The Love and Terror of Nick Cave

When musician Nick Cave’s son Arthur died, Cave dealt with his grief the only way he knew how: by continuing to write music. “Songwriting is an immensely positive act,” Cave said, “nothing to do with sadness or depression, no matter what you’re writing about.” A film made about the new album’s recording offers a penetrating portrait of tragedy, creation and grief.

Source: GQ
Published: Apr 27, 2017
Length: 29 minutes (7,286 words)

The Accidental Get Away Driver

How one man drove right into the center of a daring and dangerous crime, and came out the other side with a renewed faith in life and a new son.

Author: Paul Kix
Source: GQ
Published: May 1, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,175 words)

I Got Hacked So You Don’t Have To

It happened to John Podesta. It happened to Paul Manafort’s daughter: a type of computer hack called “spearphishing.” Spearphishing differs from typically clumsy mass-mail attempts to gain your online credentials. Social engineers target you alone — masquerading as someone you know — using your natural proclivity to trust against you to gain access to your online accounts. At GQ, Sarah Jeong willingly got spearphished in a bid to understand and share the latest shady tactics of computer baddies, so it doesn’t happen to you.

Source: GQ
Published: Apr 25, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,439 words)

Will Roger Federer Ever Be Done?

A profile of tennis great Roger Federer, who won the Australian Open in January after five years without a Grand Slam title, and at 35 is showing no signs of retiring any time soon.

Source: GQ
Published: Mar 20, 2017
Length: 16 minutes (4,000 words)

How the World’s Heaviest Man Lost It All

Paul Mason ballooned to 980 lbs. eating to forget childhood abuse and horrific loneliness. Mason lost 700 lbs. after bariatric surgery and discovers that, despite the experiences now available to him with newfound mobility, happiness remains elusive; dramatic weight loss does nothing to treat the underlying depression and emotional trauma that caused him to eat to excess in the first place.

Source: GQ
Published: Mar 8, 2017
Length: 22 minutes (5,620 words)