Best of 2021

Ari Lennox & Summer Walker: The Yin & Yang of R&B

Though the two are very different, Ari Lennox and Summer Walker stand out in the upper echelon of R&B because… Read More

January 4, 2022

Mixtape Monday: Best of 2021 feat. Wiki, Terry Presume, Navy Blue, Eddie Kaine, Moor Mother, Pink Siifu + More

Wiki, Terry Presume, Navy Blue, Eddie Kaine, Moor Mother, Pink Siifu and more are The Best of 2021. The 2021… Read More

January 3, 2022

The First Pandemic Music Festival Season Was A Reflection Of A Fractured Country

We went into the heart of five festivals in 2021 to document how music festivals adjusted to the new pandemic… Read More

December 29, 2021

Okayplayer’s 15 Best TV Shows of 2021

Some of the best television this year featured intense storytelling, witty one-liners, and joy-filled moments. These are the best TV… Read More

December 28, 2021

Black TV Is Everywhere In The Age Of Streaming

Where Black TV used to only be a handful of places, now it's everywhere and harder than ever to keep… Read More

December 27, 2021

Okayplayer’s 10 Best Films Of 2021

From sequels to beloved '90s horror movie franchises to documentaries that uncovered an important historical moment in Black American music,… Read More

December 24, 2021

Black Women Are Leading Pop Music’s Next Evolution

Pop this year was defined — and redefined — by Black women who've been instrumental in transforming the sonic and… Read More

December 23, 2021

Okayplayer’s 21 Best Albums of 2021

Our list of the best albums of 2021 features everything from a mid-career masterpiece that dropped in January to a… Read More

December 22, 2021

Okayplayer’s 21 Best Songs of 2021

If you were someone who still felt energized by the flood of new music that drops every Friday, then this… Read More

December 16, 2021

The 18 Best Producers of 2021

In 2021, top tier production came from an array of sonic technicians, from masters of a singular style to crafty… Read More

December 14, 2021

Okayplayer’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Black Designers, Culture, Tech & More

This year our holiday gift guide includes pieces by Theophilio, Fear of God, Hanifa, Bephie's Beauty Supply, T.A., Char Workroom,… Read More

December 8, 2021