Rachel Hislop

Rachel Hislop is a native New Yorker who also happens to be the Editor-in-Chief of Okayplayer and OkayAfrica.

Chloe x Halle Are Imagining the Future on Their Own Terms

We tasked Chloe x Halle with the responsibility of interviewing one another about their current realities while allowing them the… Read More

June 17, 2020

A Letter From the Editor: Welcome to the New Okayplayer.com

I was 13 when I watched a plane hit the second tower from the corner window of my classroom in… Read More

June 17, 2020

A Letter From the Editor: Where Okayplayer Stands on Images of Brutality

Dear Okayplayer Family, old and new,   The last few months have been rife with disturbing stories and graphics as the… Read More

May 29, 2020

Amine, Khalid And Jessie Reyes Were The Treats Of Vevo’s Halloween [INTERVIEW]

  https://youtu.be/bhgCXWI7y3Y Early Halloween festivities were had in Richmond, California, at Vevo's 2017 Halloween concert. Taking place at The Craneway… Read More

October 31, 2017

America’s Favorite Teen: Khalid Talks Halloween, The Roots & Scary Stage Moments [INTERVIEW]

2017 has been a monumental year for America's favorite teen, Khalid Legend Robinson, better known simply as Khalid. The El… Read More

October 31, 2017

Kareem “Biggs” Burke Is Committed to Reinventing The Roc-A-Fella Empire

We caught up with the Roc-A-Fella co-founder as he delved deep on everything from his new clothing line ventures, to… Read More

August 3, 2017

UPDATE: New Details Emerge From Prodigy’s Passing

Prodigy, one-half of the hip-hop duo Mobb Deep with Havoc, was one of the illest storytellers to ever grace the… Read More

June 21, 2017

Solange Brings Her Own Blood Moon, Ripens Her Own Crop At Roots Picnic

A few weeks before boarding a Megabus to Philadelphia for Roots Picnic, I stood in the winding heights of The… Read More

June 9, 2017

Diddy Annouces “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story” Release With Apple Music

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A Bad Boy Story is produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, and Heather Parry, alongside executive producers… Read More

May 21, 2017

Mack Wilds’ Visual Project, ‘AfterHours,’ Inspired By The Night [Interview]

Mack Wilds, sometimes known as Tristian Wilds, sometimes known by a myriad of character names, has done what few can… Read More

April 14, 2017

Watch Live As The Soulquarians: D.C. Pay Tribute to Common [LIVE STREAM]

Music lovers and '80s babies are students of this group of creatives known as the Soulquarians. The artists you see… Read More

March 22, 2017

Watch As Common + Chinaka Hodge Discuss Artistry At ArtChangeUs National Conversations

Washington, D.C. and the Kennedy Center will be lit with inspiration as poet, educator and cultural organizer Chinaka Hodge links up… Read More

March 21, 2017

Slackers in Slack: Okayplayer Discusses The Relevance of Battle Rap

Let's be real, less than half of the discussions that publications have about editorial content actually gets to the readers.… Read More

March 12, 2017

Okayplayer Supports A Day Without A Woman

The evolution of Women's History Day is one as storied as the see-sawed evolution and devolution of Women's Rights themselves.… Read More

March 8, 2017