Intern with the Roots!

24 09 2012

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Okayafrica + Okayplayer, the Roots lifestyle brands and online music communities are seeking fall editorial and video interns. Check the descriptions below for your opportunity to be a part of the Okayplayer/Okayafrica team. *Applicants must be NYC-based.

Editorial Internship:

Journalism students and music heads preferred. Must have some experience writing, preferably for an online audience and be available  for a normal 8-hour work day for 2-5 days/week. Duties include writing and formatting short items for the Okayplayer and Okayafrica news blog, attending shows and events, writing captions and copy for our social media outlets and some basic editorials tasks/site maintenance. All posts will be credited with a professional by-line. We will provide training on our WordPress content management system and interns will have the opportunity to pitch longer features and reviews for more writing experience. Must be willing to commute to the OKP/OKA offices in Brooklyn, NY (remote interns will be considered only with prior WordPress experience). To apply please send cover letter, writing samples and relevant experience to interns@okayplayer.com or  Interns@Okayafrica.com.

Video Internship:

We are currently seeking video shooters in and around NYC with their own HD cameras to shoot for Okayplayer and Okayafrica TV. Shoots consist of live concerts and special events, as well as interviews with various artists and other notables. See our Youtube page here and here for examples. We are not currently able to pay our production team, but because of our close association with The Roots we are a great website to gain experience, make contacts, and broaden your portfolio (many high-profile shoots). We can also provide contributors with free tickets to special events and concerts.

Qualifications: must be able to work professionally with high-profile musical acts, must have some shooting experience, editing capabilities and experience are a bonus. Please email links to examples of your shooting work to interns@okayplayer.com or  Interns@Okayafrica.com.

 

Video Editor Internship:

We are currently seeking video editors in and around NYC with their own editing equipment for Okayplayer and Okayafrica TV. Edits consist of live concerts and special events, as well as interviews with various artists and other notables. See our Youtube page  here and here for examples. We are not currently able to pay our production team, but because of our close association with The Roots we are a great website to gain experience, make contacts, and broaden your portfolio (many high-profile shoots). We can also provide contributors with free tickets to special events and concerts. Must have some editing experience. Please email links to examples of your editing work to interns@okayplayer.com or Interns@Okayafrica.com.

 

 

ABOUT OUR SITES:

 

OKAYPLAYER

Launched in 1999 by ?uestlove of The Roots, Okayplayer is the original progressive urban music site and maintains its position as the premier digital destination for music connoisseurs worldwide. From D’Angelo to The Weeknd, from NaS to Major Lazer, from Erykah Badu to Willis Earl Beal, Okayplayer delivers the full spectrum of groundbreaking music to your fingertips (and earphones) everyday. Well-established as the gold standard in online hip-hop, Okayplayer–together with our channel partners Okayafrica, LargeUp and Revivalist–also defines the cutting edge in African & Caribbean music, arts and style as well as soul, jazz and indie rock.

 

Born of ?uestlove’s dream of enabling like-minded artists to communicate directly with fans, over the past 13 years Okayplayer has grown into a multifaceted company with one of the strongest brands in entertainment. An early adopter in embracing fan and artist interaction, Okayplayer has been instrumental in bridging the gap between music fans and artists like Common, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) and Jill Scott–all of whom joined the OKP community early in their careers. As a result, Okayplayer maintains an unparalleled level of interaction and engagement with its readers and community board-members. The original worldwide forum has grown to include Okayplayer TV (which showcases original video content on the site), a full-fledged online store (featuring exclusive apparel, accessories, posters and music), numerous live events (including the annual Roots Picnic, the storied Jam Sessions and several international and domestic tours), and our four sister sites (Okayafrica, LargeUp, Revivalist and the forthcoming Okayfuture, which will concentrate on electronic music.)  With the recent re-launch of Okayplayer Records, OKP continues to lead the way in empowering both artists and fans responsibly in the digital space.

 

OKAYAFRICA

Okayafrica quite simply represents Africa’s New Wave; with more than half the population in many African nations under 25, the bright continent is currently undergoing an explosion of vibrant new music, fashion, art and political expression. Okayafrica is the multi-faceted hub capturing the spirit of this unprecedented boom in youth culture, focusing on emerging and progressive artists, blending traditional aesthetics with a futurist lifestyle. Established Okayafrica web series include the Africa In Your Earbuds mixtapes–each mix curated by a breaking, critically acclaimed artist (tUnE-yArDs, Rich Medina, BLK JKS, Saul Williams & others)–and The Roots Of, a series tracing artists’ DNA back to the continent ( Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, ?uestlove and Black Thought of The Roots, Frank Ocean, Miguel, Michael K Williams, Flying Lotus and others have already participated). For its Beta launch in July 2010, Okayafrica hosted The World Cup Finale party in Prospect Park, drawing over 20,000 people for a show featuring The Roots, Talib Kweli, and six new African artists (Blitz the Ambassador, Bajah + the Dry Eye Crew, Zakee, Janka Nabay, Dragons of Zynth, and cast members of FELA!). Okayafrica’s online store launched in conjunction with The Roots’ latest release undun in December 2011, and will roll out a new curated line starting September 2012

 

 

Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson

Acclaimed drummer, DJ, producer, entrepreneur (and the founder of Okayplayer), Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson is undoubtedly the new “hardest working man in showbiz.” In addition to being the unmistakable heartbeat of The Roots, hip-hop’s most influential and prolific live band, this Grammy award-winning musician’s sterling reputation has landed him music director positions with everyone from D’Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. He is the Musical Director for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and his beloved Roots crew serves as the show’s house band. As an entrepreneur, he has blazed trails for progressive music from Broadway (where he served as an above-the-line producer on the acclaimed FELA! The Musical) to the information highway (where his site Okayplayer established the blueprint for urban music online). His perfectionism and tireless pursuit of flavor have found a second outlet through his moves into the culinary world–notably his ?uest Loves Food venture, already well-known for his signature “Love’s Drumstick.”

 

 

The Roots

Founded in Philadelphia, PA in 1987, The Roots comprise MC Black Thought, drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, keyboardists Kamal Gray and James Poyser, percussionist F. Knuckles, guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas, bassist Mark Kelley and Damon Bryson (AKA Tuba Gooding Jr.) on sousaphone. From 1993’s Organix  to 2012’s undun The Roots have 12 albums under their collective belt and along the way they’ve taken home four Grammys (most recently for Best R&B Album for Wake Up!, Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for “Hang in There” –both with John Legend–and Best Group or Duo R&B Vocal Performance for “Shine”), becoming one of the best-known and most-respected hip-hop acts in the business. They are also the faces of Philly’s Fourth of July Jam–an annual Independence Day concert featuring the biggest names in music–and The Roots Jam Session, a yearly star-studded mix of musicians that’s become a Hollywood institution during awards season. In 2009, The Roots, named one of the greatest live bands around by both Spin and Rolling Stone, became the official house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where they currently perform every Monday-Friday.

 

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