Culture Interview

In Her Own Words: How KaMillion Became the Breakout Star of ‘Rap Sh!t’

In her own words, rapper and actor KaMillion talks about HBO Max's Rap Sh!t, balancing her music and acting career,… Read More

August 12, 2022

In Her Own Words: How Stephanie Diaz-Matos Curates the Soundtrack to ‘P-Valley’

We talked to Raedio's head music supervisor Stephanie Diaz-Matos about working on P-Valley, The Get Down, and Issa Rae's upcoming… Read More

June 14, 2022

Pierrah Hilaire On Going Viral Teaching Her TikTok Followers About Black Fashion Brands

The TikToker speaks with us about the future of fashion and why she feels it's important to use her voice… Read More

May 27, 2022

Katt Williams on the Current Culture Around Comedy: “We Should Be Protected”

We spoke with Katt Williams about his career, cancel culture, why comedians should be protected, and his new standup, World… Read More

May 24, 2022

A New DJ Screw Biography Attempts to Explain the Man Behind the Screw Tape

We spoke to Lance Scott Walker, the author of the thorough but breezy DJ Screw biography, A Life In Slow… Read More

May 17, 2022

‘Abbott Elementary’s’ Quinta Brunson on Why it’s Important to Support Our Teachers

We spoke to Quinta Brunson about the success of Abbott Elementary, the importance of supporting good teachers, and more. As… Read More

May 5, 2022

Here’s How ‘Illmatic’ Came To Soundtrack Ruth Langmore’s Vengeful Return In ‘Ozark’ Part Two’s Debut

Ozark show runner Chris Mundy and music supervisor Gabe Hilfer spoke on Ruth's relationship to '90s rap and how the… Read More

April 29, 2022

Alim Smith Turns Viral Black Memes Into Art. Now He’s Making Artwork For Donald Glover’s ‘Atlanta’

Okayplayer spoke with Alim Smith about Afro-surrealism, turning memes into art, his work for Atlanta, and more. In 2022, memes… Read More

April 28, 2022

Sacha Jenkins on the Importance of Documenting Hip-Hip’s History

We caught up with Sacha Jenkins and spoke about the power of storytelling, helming the Mass Appeal’s #HipHop50 initiative on… Read More

April 25, 2022

Neff Davis Is Ready To Start Her Filmmaking Career After Helping Create ‘Inventing Anna’

"What I love about this story is how Shonda Rhimes shows the classism and some of the racism, and how… Read More

February 11, 2022

Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman on Crafting the Dazzling, Hypnotic World of ‘Neptune Frost’

We spoke with multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams and Rwandan actress and playwright Anisia Uzeyman about their visionary new sci-fi film,… Read More

January 11, 2022

How Angel Kristi Williams’ ‘Really Love’ Became This Generation’s ‘Love Jones’

We spoke with the director behind Really Love on how Love Jones inspired her latest film, and why the ending… Read More

November 18, 2021

How This Entrepreneur Fused Her Love of Hip-Hop and Coffee To Create Her Own Business

Melissa Stinson, a Chicago-bred entrepreneur launched her coffee concept brand after spending years building a loyal following. Located in Pilsen,… Read More

September 1, 2021

It Took Marcus Guillory 15 Years to Get ‘Gully’ on to the Big Screen

We spoke with screenwriter Marcus Guillory about his new film Gully, the response the film got from critics, Travis Scott’s… Read More

June 9, 2021

Rachel True Reflects On 25 Years Of ‘The Craft’ And Being A Tarot Practitioner And Advocate

Rachel True spoke with Okayplayer about The Craft and how she would've handled character Rochelle's storyline differently, her tarot set and memoir True… Read More

May 4, 2021

Jam Master Jay’s Legacy Lives on Through His Sons’ New Cannabis Line

Jam Master Jay's sons Jesse and TJ Mizell on their new cannabis line and honoring their father's legacy. As a… Read More

April 20, 2021