About Okayplayer

Launched in 1999, Okayplayer is the original progressive music site and maintains its position as the premier digital destination for music and culture connoisseurs worldwide.

Okayplayer delivers a full spectrum of groundbreaking coverage that serves as a gateway to multi-faceted cultures and communities. Well established as the gold standard in music media, Okayplayer utilizes its influential voice to define and create the cutting edge content that chronicles sound, culture, film, arts, politics, and more.

Okayplayer was first created and launched by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and Angela “Stress” Nissel in 1998 out of their respective bedrooms in West Philadelphia. The website’s official anniversary is February 23, 1999, the same day The Roots released their fourth studio album Things Fall Apart.



Rachel Hislop
VP of Content/Editor in Chief, OkayMedia

Evanka Williamson
Social Media Director, Community

Dimas Sanfiorenzo
Managing Editor, Okayplayer

Elijah Watson
Editorial News and Culture Editor

Michael Gonik
Staff Writer

Robyn Mowatt
Staff Writer


Mariama Todd
VP of Finance


Armelle Crump
VP of Operations

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Okayplayer is the innovative, artistic and progressive voice of black culture through the amplification of music, art, film and politics.


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