Culture Essay

Black Characters Should Be Able to Exist in Fantasy

From an underwater world to Middle Earth to Galaxies far away, the notion that Black people shouldn’t exist in fictional… Read More

September 20, 2022

This App That Let’s You Virtually Investigate Rap’s Most Infamous Murders is the Morbid Future of True Crime

The CrimeDoor app presents itself as more than just fodder for our morbid obsession with true crime — and in… Read More

March 22, 2022

André Leon Talley Is A Testament To Black Southerners’ Impact On Fashion

André Leon Talley serves as a reminder that fashion wouldn’t be what it is without the contributions of Black Southerners.… Read More

January 24, 2022

2021 Was The Year Of The Anti-Intellectual

The anti-intellectual that advocates for free speech and dismisses the root purpose of terms like woke and cancel culture, has… Read More

December 30, 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

Remembering Virgil Abloh: The Savant Who Remade Fashion

Virgil Abloh, who died at 41, will leave a legacy behind pushing forward the belief that accomplishing your wildest dreams… Read More

December 1, 2021

Netflix’s ‘Passing’ Is a Gorgeous And Confounding Exploration Of Colorism

Rebecca Hall's directorial debut Passing is a story about race and identity that finds its own subject matter to be absurd.… Read More

November 10, 2021

Dave Chappelle Gets The Last Laugh

With every piece of backlash, Dave Chappelle is willfully mythologizing himself as a “victim” of an amorphous queer conspiracy to… Read More

October 20, 2021

What the Music Industry Can Learn From the Success of Video Games

In a streaming and playlist first world, albums have become less of a critical component of success for the industry.… Read More

October 8, 2021

How Aaliyah’s Tomboy Style Left An Imprint On Fashion

OKAYPLAYER HAS JUST LAUNCHED A NEW AALIYAH COLLECTION. PURCHASE EXCLUSIVE AALIYAH SHIRTS AND SWEATERS AT THE OKAYPLAYER SHOP  Aaliyah’s style,… Read More

September 24, 2021

Michael K. Williams’ Queer Roles Are An Important Part Of His Legacy

The late Michael K. Williams brought the stories of fictional — and real — queer figures to life through some… Read More

September 14, 2021

‘Summer Of Soul’ Celebrates Black Joy Amid The Pain Of The ’60s [Review]

Questlove's directorial debut, Summer of Soul, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, shows how Black music from across… Read More

July 2, 2021

Remembering Paul Mooney — The Comic Who Never Sold His Soul

Comedian Paul Mooney, who passed away at the age of 79, was a “race man” who had an unwavering devotion… Read More

May 20, 2021

Tyler Perry is the King of Cinematic Black Camp

Tyler Perry is a terror, whose productions aren’t good in the most acute sense. But when viewed through camp’s flamboyant… Read More

May 10, 2021

How Cyborg Saved ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’

In Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Cyborg’s arc is the most fully realized in the story, and without it, the film would… Read More

March 19, 2021

Judas And The Black Messiah’ is A Call to Action [Review]

In Shaka King's Judas and the Black Messiah, the Black Panthers are humanized, focusing on their work instead of white… Read More

February 11, 2021