Ivie is a Nigerian-American multimedia culture journalist. A Bronx native and New York University alumna, her work has been published across digital media, TV, radio, universities, books, and beyond.
Uncle Waffles to the World
Audiomack's #UpNow artist program spotlights and promotes the next generation of global music superstars. An interview with the princess of Amapiano. Uncle Waffles’ success story is unfolding in tandem with the emergence and boom of South Africa's newest and hottest genre.
7NPR - "Here Now": Rihanna brought the hits during her Super Bowl halftime performance
NPR "Here & Now" host Deepa Fernandes speaks with music critic and culture journalist Ivie Ani about Rihanna's Super Bowl halftime performance.
Eye on the Ball - Jaylen Brown cover story
A day in Boston with Jaylen Brown for Red Bulletin's March 2022 cover story.
Jaylen Brown loves basketball, but his love for education, community-building, and using his platform to address and alleviate systemic inequalities across society has taken center stage in his life now.
Spotify, Rap Caviar | Kendrick Returns, GloRilla Arrives & More: Best of 2022
In the first part of The RapCaviar Podcast's two-week recap for 2022, Jinx is joined by journalists Jordan Rose (Complex), Nadirah Simmons (The Gumbo) and Ivie Ani to debate the year's best hip-hop albums, best rappers, best breakout act, and who had the best comeback. The temperature turned up during the Kendrick conversation,
The Lasting Impact Of Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ Five Years Later | For The Record
For the 5-year anniversary of Beyoncé’s Lemonade, I went on Genius - "For The Record" to talk about its cultural significance— from then to now & what that could look like in the future.
In conversation with Genius' VP of Content Strategy Rob Markman, HuffPost Black Voices Editor and Senior Culture Reporter Taryn Finley, and Music Journalist Kiana Fitzgerald
In Conversation With Naomi Campbell
Naomi Campbell remains one of the most successful and recognizable supermodels of all time. She sat down with AMAKA Editor In Chief Ivie Ani to discuss her legendary career, her interest and involvement in Africa’s creative industries, celebrity power and social movements, what inspires her, and more.
How The Grammys Reflected This Moment In Music
This year's Grammy Awards featured plenty of history-making achievements and thought-provoking performances. Ivie Ani, cultural critic and editor in chief of AMAKA Studio joins New York Times writer Jenna Wortham in conversation for NPR's Here & Now.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, IVIE ANI, talks misogyny, media and healthy meals | AMPLIFIED VOICES | EP 6
I sat down with @amplifyafrica for their latest episode of Amplified Voices to talk about my journalism journey, how I started and maintained my career, my background, and (for once) some personal things.
DaniLeigh’s Problematic Single ‘Yellow Bone’ Reveals Depth Of Colorism In The Music Industry
Colorism is centuries old, yet some folks wanna act brand new.
Singer DaniLeigh dropped a Triller video of her bopping to her latest single “Yellow Bone” on Sunday. In the song, she expresses her man’s love for “yellow bones,” a very problematic way to describe light-skinned women. Not only was the song terrible, but it was drenched in colorist language.
After people on social media called her out, the Dominican singer issued an apology that made it clear that she didn’t understand why her so...
Sheff G #UpNow Interview
Sheff G talks about the "King of New York" title, why he doesn’t care about being a Brooklyn drill pioneer, the perils of negotiating street life with fame, & mastering the art of being present.
2020 Was The Year Female Rappers Dominated
In 2020, there were many ways to understand the year in music; this week, we're considering five. It's been a long journey for women to get their critical and commercial dues in hip-hop, but the past year came replete with glimpses of progress. First, the facts: For a brief period in May, four Black women—Nicki Minaj alongside Doja Cat on "Say So" and Beyoncé alongside Megan Thee Stallion on "Savage" — occupied the top two spots on the Billboard Hot 100. That two-week span marked historic mom...
Steve McQueen’s Small Axe Film Anthology
The Small Axe anthology series is a collection of five films that chronicle London’s West Indian community from the late 1960s to mid-1980s. Each story showcases the essence and resilience of Black life through the ages, the advances and the adversities.
Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology series celebrates the same theme—community, strength over circumstance, and building power in oneness. The collection by the ACADEMY AWARD® winning filmmaker takes place from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s...
ANTHEMS: Missy Elliott — Work It
For the final episode of their latest series on anthems. We examined how Missy Elliot broke into the pantheon of sports anthems, afrofuturism, and how she changed the scope of who could belong
Nigeria’s #EndSARS Movement and Media Suppression
#ENDSARS protesters and organizers have used social media to counter misinformation and report what’s been missing from major news outlets at home and abroad. I examine the historical context of Nigeria’s martial culture and dictatorships targeting journalists, and the global context of America’s errors in covering police brutality at home and its role perpetuating the militarism that leads to persecution of the press abroad.