Retrospective 2021

2021 Was The Year Of The Anti-Intellectual

The anti-intellectual that advocates for free speech and dismisses the root purpose of terms like woke and cancel culture, has… Read More

December 30, 2021

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

Okayplayer’s 15 Best TV Shows of 2021

Some of the best television this year featured intense storytelling, witty one-liners, and joy-filled moments. These are the best TV… Read More

December 28, 2021

Black TV Is Everywhere In The Age Of Streaming

Where Black TV used to only be a handful of places, now it's everywhere and harder than ever to keep… Read More

December 27, 2021

Okayplayer’s 10 Best Films Of 2021

From sequels to beloved '90s horror movie franchises to documentaries that uncovered an important historical moment in Black American music,… Read More

December 24, 2021

Black Women Are Leading Pop Music’s Next Evolution

Pop this year was defined — and redefined — by Black women who've been instrumental in transforming the sonic and… Read More

December 23, 2021

Top 10 Defining Moments in Too $hort’s Legendary Career

Fans have come to appreciate Too $hort as more than the narrator of inappropriate freaky tales but also as a… Read More

December 20, 2021

The 18 Best Producers of 2021

In 2021, top tier production came from an array of sonic technicians, from masters of a singular style to crafty… Read More

December 14, 2021

Okayplayer’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Black Designers, Culture, Tech & More

This year our holiday gift guide includes pieces by Theophilio, Fear of God, Hanifa, Bephie's Beauty Supply, T.A., Char Workroom,… Read More

December 8, 2021

Virgil Abloh Shaped The Future Of Rap Fashion

Through his career, Virgil Abloh transformed modern rap fashion, using his relationships with rappers to both define — and redefine… Read More

December 3, 2021

Ralph McDaniels on the 10 Year Journey it Took To Get His ‘Video Music Box’ Documentary Made

We sat down with Ralph McDaniels to delve into the making of his new documentary You're Watching Video Music Box… Read More

December 2, 2021

12 Black Visual Artists Prominent in the ’80s Not Named Jean-Michel Basquiat

It is important to highlight the Black artists whose contributions defined an era and laid the foundation for those who… Read More

November 26, 2021

Netflix’s ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Is A Heartfelt Tribute That Isn’t Going To Please Everyone

Adaptations are rarely easy to pull off, and remaking a beloved anime from over two decades ago is extremely difficult.… Read More

November 23, 2021

Will Smith Disappears Into The Role Of Richard Williams In Flawed ‘King Richard’ Biopic

Bringing the inspirational story behind tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams to film, King Richard revels in the limitless potential… Read More

November 22, 2021

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

The ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Anime Episodes To Watch Before The Netflix Live-Action Series

Based on the core cast, as well as side characters who've been confirmed, these are the Cowboy Bebop anime episodes to watch… Read More

November 16, 2021