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Elvis’ Complicated Relationship To Hip-Hop

Revisiting how Elvis became shorthand for square white taste by rappers in the '80s and '90s amid the release of the Elvis biopic.… Read More

June 27, 2022

Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned — And Black Women Will Be Most Impacted

While Black women may not unanimously agree about the legality or morality of abortion, the fact remains that they will… Read More

June 24, 2022

Black Queer Artists Deserve To Be Awarded In Spaces That Claim To Be For Them

When it comes to the BET Awards, nominations for Black queer artists — especially out queer men —  have been… Read More

June 21, 2022

‘Atlanta’s’ Problem With Writing Black Women Characters

Despite its hard-hitting commentary on racial issues in season three, Atlanta continues to come up short in its depictions of… Read More

May 31, 2022

Kendrick Lamar Could Care Less About Being Rap’s Savior

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers is ambitiously imperfect, Kendrick Lamar more concerned with healing himself than being rap’s great… Read More

May 19, 2022

The Notorious B.I.G. Was Larger Than Life. This New Biography Humanizes Him [Interview]

Okayplayer spoke with Justin Tinsley about writing his Notorious B.I.G. book, It Was All A Dream: Biggie and the World… Read More

May 10, 2022

Ranking Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Part 5” Deepfakes From Least To Most Bizarre

Kendrick Lamar transforms into a handful of Black celebrities in his video for "The Heart Part 5," including Kanye West… Read More

May 9, 2022

Black Star Sound Motivated In Long-Awaited ‘No Fear of Time’ Album

On No Fear of Time, Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey — as Black Star — sound motivated and excited to… Read More

May 6, 2022

From Surprise Reunions To A New Album: A Timeline Of Yasiin Bey And Talib Kweli’s Black Star

With Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli's new Black Star album finally being released on May 3, here's a timeline of… Read More

May 2, 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

A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding Astrology

From zodiac signs to terms like ascendant and mercury retrograde, this guide serves as an intro into understanding astrology. Once… Read More

April 26, 2022

Pusha T Is More Stagnant Than Consistent With His Coke Raps On ‘It’s Almost Dry’

More stagnant than it is consistent, It's Almost Dry is a testament to Pusha T becoming too impressed with his own mythology.… Read More

April 22, 2022

‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Cracks Marvel’s Death Grip on the Multiverse

With their tender and rib-achingly funny sophomore feature Everything Everywhere All at Once, filmmaking duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert distill… Read More

April 18, 2022

Black Horror Needs To Break Out Of The ‘Get Out’ Mold

Get Out changed what the idea of a horror film — especially a Black horror film — could be. Here's to… Read More

February 24, 2022

‘We Need To Talk About Cosby’ Confronts The Hypocrisy Of “America’s Dad”

We Need to Talk About Cosby examines how Bill Cosby became larger than life as a likable and upstanding public figure… Read More

January 25, 2022

‘Euphoria’s’ Music Supervisor Hopes Teens Are Listening To ’90s And ’00s Rap At Parties

Being a music supervisor is more than just compiling a playlist and putting music in a TV series or film.… Read More

January 19, 2022