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The First Pandemic Music Festival Season Was A Reflection Of A Fractured Country

We went into the heart of five festivals in 2021 to document how music festivals adjusted to the new pandemic… Read More

December 29, 2021

“I’m Still Coughing To This Day”: Howard University’s Mold Problem Leads To Ongoing Protest

Howard University students are protesting against the unsafe on-campus housing conditions at the school, bringing one of the nation's top… Read More

November 3, 2021

Music Makes All the Difference: How Music Supervision and Editing Stimulate Our TV Viewing Experience

From Insecure to Atlanta, there are shows that stand out for their soundtrack. This is a look behind the music… Read More

October 22, 2021

The Rise Of Social Media Accounts Dedicated To Female Rap

Over the last couple of years, a number of social media accounts and platforms have popped up, creating spaces that… Read More

October 14, 2021

An Oral History Of Zumbi From His Closest Collaborators

In remembrance of Stephen Gaines, better known as rapper Zumbi, we broke down his legacy with five figures who were… Read More

September 30, 2021

Sept. 11 Turned OutKast’s “B.O.B.” Into A War Cry

Released a year before 9/11, Outkast's hit single Stankonia "B.O.B." was cultural commentary misinterpreted as outright patriotism. In 2018, Istanbul-based conflict… Read More

September 10, 2021

These Young Black Creatives Are Bringing Thousands Together to Celebrate Juneteenth

In Jersey City, NJ, a group of young Black creatives are getting ready to kick off one of the biggest… Read More

June 18, 2021

TikTok’s Hip-Hop Sample Videos Are Teaching Gen Z The Basics Of Sampling

DJs and music enthusiasts alike have used TikTok to make brief, fun and informational explainers on hip-hop samples, showing how… Read More

June 15, 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

The Black Farmers of Boston Are Using History & Community To Grow Roots

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

How Rappers Are Addressing Cannabis Reform Through Their Weed Brands

In joining the ever-growing marijuana business, rappers have used their cannabis business venture to address the wrongs of the war… Read More

May 18, 2021

Black Students Are Mobilizing Against Prison Labor Exploitation At Their Universities

Black students all around the country are pushing to remove the presence of prison labor exploitation at their respective universities.… Read More

May 14, 2021

When The Music Stops: The Unfortunate Reality Of Mourning Artists During A Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced music fans around the world to come to terms with the fact that mourning artists… Read More

April 30, 2021

6 Female Producers on What Fans Can Do to Support Women in the Music Industry

The music industry is male-dominated but that doesn't mean women aren't flourishing. Meet six Black female producers pushing creative boundaries.… Read More

April 27, 2021

How De La Soul, Madlib And MF DOOM Nike SB Dunks Became Hip-Hop’s Rarest Sneakers

De La Soul, Madlib and MF DOOM are the inspiration behind some of hip-hop's most coveted Nike SB Dunks. Here… Read More

April 5, 2021

In Atlanta, There’s A Dilemma Between Rising Homicides & Calls For Police Reform

With a mayoral election on the way, politicians, organizers, and crime experts are at odds about how to solve the… Read More

April 2, 2021