Ivie is a Nigerian-American multimedia journalist covering culture. A native New Yorker, and NYU alumna, her writing has been published in The New York Times, Women in The World, The Village Voice, Teen Vogue, PAPER magazine, Complex magazine, Okayplayer, OkayAfrica, Grazia UK, and NYU’s Social and Cultural Analysis Journal. Ivie has spoken at Harvard University, New York University, and has done on-air commentary for BBC Radio, BET, Entertainment Tonight, Fox 5 NY, Genius, Hot 97, and more.
Ivie Ani (CAS ’14), Music and Culture Expert, and 2019 MTV News Video Music Awards Aftershow Panelist
Ivie Ani, journalist and former Music Editor of Okayplayer, was featured as a panelist on the live 2019 MTV News Video Music Awards Aftershow and a judge at NYU's Got Talent. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Women in The World, The Village Voice, BBC, Teen Vogue, PAPER magazine, Complex magazine, Okayplayer, OkayAfrica, Grazia UK, and NYU’s Social and Cultural Analysis Journal. She has held positions at Facebook as a Trending News Content Curator, at BET Networks, and at ...
To critics, he is a troll. To fans, he is a trusted authority. To peers, he’s a savvy media executive. None of these titles are complex enough to describe what Hot 97 and Beats 1 personality Ebro has molded his public persona into.
Ebro Darden is ready to go live. Sitting in the newly launched Apple Music Beats 1 studio in downtown Manhattan, he mutes the mic and begins scrolling through his phone. He’s tweeting — something he tends to do several times an hour.
It’s January 2019 and he’s just...
Host Scottie Beam dives deep into the biggest moments from the first four episodes of Rhythm + Flow with guests Twista, Ivie Ani, and DJ Hed. Who you think will go all the way?
New episodes of Rhythm + Flow drop on Wednesday, Oct 16.
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In their words, critics reveal why these songs are classics of the genre.
An examination of The Lion King: The Gift and how the American mainstream engages the new wave of African music.
All eyes are on Africa. In a post-Black Panther world, we’re seeing the rise and resurgence of blockbuster productions and Billboard entries centering the continent and its cultural exports. The latest is Disney’s The Lion King CGI reboot. The film is accompanied by a Beyoncé-produced-and-curated compilation album, The Lion King: The Gift, with appearances from JAY-Z, Kendrick Lama...
For the live action remake of the Lion King, Beyoncé, (who voices Nala in the film), recorded and curated a companion soundtrack called The Gift. She worked with leading Afropop stars to expose the music of the continent to a global audience. In her piece, “Diversity Is in the Details: What Beyoncé’s ‘The Lion King: The Gift’ Gets Right and Wrong,” Okayplayer music editor Ivie Ani argues that the album highlights music while unintentionally treating the continent as a monolith. Ani joins Swit...
Janelle Monáe is a new kind of genius.
I’m tryna find my peace.
I was made to believe there’s something wrong with me.
And it hurts my heart.
Lord have mercy ain’t it plain to see?
Janelle Monáe sings directly to the camera before cracking from character, bursting out into brief laughter followed by an abrupt welling of tears. The wide-eyed robotic stares and theatricalist performance was overcome as the conflict buried in her eyes bubbled and surfaced for an unadulterated three minutes in th...
With the 20th anniversary of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, it’s time we examine how the artist’s superstar underdog story transitioned into an unfair tale of music’s hero-turned-villain.
Last month, LeBron James revealed his regret in naming his oldest son LeBron James Jr., citing the worry of imposing too much, too prematurely on the 13-year-old’s unformed legacy.
Perhaps his regret signifies the parallels between the personal pressure he hoped to not place on his son and the public press...
Live at MTV’s VMAs post-show reviewing the performances, wins, & losses with on #NeedToKnow. We discussed everything from celebrities using their platforms to speak on social and political issues, the importance of Missy Elliott finally winning the Video Vanguard Award, and all of the standout moments from the show.
Devil’s Pie, a new documentary which premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, starts and ends with a simple question: “what happened to D’Angelo?” But does the film — or D’Angelo himself — ever really truly answer the question?
“I’m too real for that shit,” D’Angelo declares.
He’s talking about separating his private self from the public one. Michael Archer from D’Angelo. Grappling with becoming a superstar, a sex symbol, and an acclaimed musician all at once, while feeling like his art b...
We chopped it up with Afro B to talk the making of his mega hit "Drogba (Joanna)," the Afrowave genre, how his music journey started & more.
"Moments With" is our newest video installment that brings viewers in for an intimate moment with some of the most iconic names in the music game.
The dancehall star sat down for a “Moments With” interview on how she went from singing in a church choir to becoming one of Jamaica’s most popular artists.
Spice is ready for more.
Though she released her debut mixtape, Captured, last year, the Jamaican dancehall artist has been known and respected for a decade. The project debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.
From the polarizing success of her 2009 Vybz Kartel collaboration track “Romping Shop,” to her 2013 club class...