Culture Interview

‘The Come Up’ Aims To Tell Hip-Hop’s Origin Story Beyond Kool Herc

The Come Up details hip-hop’s birth and ultimate rise as the gravitational center of pop culture. We sat down with… Read More

October 19, 2022

The Kid Mero is Already on to the Next Phase of His Career

The Kid Mero spoke with Okayplayer about sports fandom, what’s next in his career post-Desus & Mero, and more. Just… Read More

August 26, 2022

‘Untold: The Rise and Fall of AND1’ Details the Era Where Streetball Ruled

We spoke to Kevin Wilson, Jr., the director of Netflix's Untold: The Rise and Fall of AND1, about documenting the… Read More

August 23, 2022

Dan Perlman On Creating Season Two of Flatbush Misdemeanors

We chatted with Dan Perlman co-creator and executive producer of the comedy Flatbush Misdemeanors. He divulged his thoughts on the… Read More

August 19, 2022

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