LGBTQ

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

The Secret To Rising Rapper Kidd Kenn’s Flow? Learning Every Nicki Minaj Verse

Chicago's Kidd Kenn came up remixing drill music from artists in the city. Now he's performing at Pride events across… Read More

June 10, 2022

How Kendrick Lamar Stumbles Toward Queer And Trans Allyship On “Auntie Diaries”

"Auntie Diaries" shows that Kendrick Lamar still has some work to do before he can fully consider himself an ally… Read More

May 13, 2022

First Look Friday: DijahSB Is On A Journey To Save People Through Their Music

For our latest First Look Friday, we spoke with DijahSB about being inspired by Kid Cudi, how their music unites… Read More

November 5, 2021

Black Trans Ex-Netflix Employee Speaks Out About Being Fired Amid Dave Chappelle Backlash

"First and foremost, I am the person who was fired," said B. Pagels-Minor in an interview. "Before I left Netflix,… Read More

October 22, 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

Netflix Fires Employee Who Encouraged Walkout Over Chappelle Special

Netflix claims they fired the employee because she leaked internal information to the press. Netflix has fired the employee who… Read More

October 15, 2021

Netflix Employees are Planning a Walkout Over Dave Chappelle’s Latest Special

Netflix employees are upset about the trans jokes featured on The Closer, the latest comedy special from Dave Chappelle. Dave… Read More

October 13, 2021

Dave Chappelle Downplays Dababy Backlash Before Saying He’s Done With LGBTQ Jokes

Dave Chappelle addressed the backlash Dababy faced after making homophobic remarks at Rolling Loud earlier this year, in his new… Read More

October 5, 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

Rap Is Still Culturally Conservative To A Fault

Although the genre has made progress, the rap conservative is still dominant in contemporary music. DaBaby is a case study… Read More

July 30, 2021

Celebrities, Musicians, Brands & More Are Speaking Out Against DaBaby Over His Homophobic Rant

Everyone has been criticizing DaBaby for his homophobic rant at Rolling Loud. It's been four days since DaBaby's homophobic rant… Read More

July 28, 2021

Singer Marzz Is Creating Modern R&B Inspired by Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill

In an exclusive interview, R&B singer-songwriter shares her the inspirations behind her debut EP, Love Letterz, who she grew up… Read More

June 17, 2021

Iya Dammons Is Creating a Safe Haven for Black Trans Youth in Baltimore

With the disappearance of hometown publications, local stories that have national impact go unseen and unheard. This is why Okayplayer… Read More

June 8, 2021

There Were Actually Some Bright Spots From This Hellish Election Day

One highlight of Election Day included Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib being reelected. Election Day… Read More

November 4, 2020

Sade’s Son Writes Touching Note to His Mother After Completing Transition Surgery

"The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens." In 2016, Sade's son Izaak Theo Adu came out… Read More

September 27, 2019