Okayplayer, the Questlove and Angela Nissel-founded music site/hip-hop fan community has been evolving ever since it first came onto the scene in 1999. That evolution continues with the hire of Rachel Hislop to serve as the site’s head of content and editorial.
Hislop was hired by CEO Jayson Jackson to expand the scope of the site’s editorial offerings. “As soon as I joined Okayplayer., I began to think about identifying someone that could lead us into the digital content and editorial space, while maintaining our unique voice,” said Jackson in a statement. “Rachel is the perfect person for this job. She brings a wealth of accomplishment and perspective to our team that is crucial in the media space.”
Hislop will be overseeing a content expansion that will cover not only music news, but social justice, sports and culture news as well, in ways that speak to the interests of music fans. A site redesign will accompany the expanded focus.
“I grew up with Okayplayer. I truly believe it’s an important voice within the contemporary urban community and I am thankful to Jayson, [Okayplayer president] Dan Petruzzi and the whole team for this opportunity,” said Hislop in a statement.
Hislop arrives from Beyonce-founded management company Parkwood Entertainment, where she was digital content manager. She was previously style editor at Global Grind.