Allison Hazel

Writer & Music Journalist

United States

Allison Hazel is an NYC-based writer, blogger, and music journalist. Allison got her start in the industry as a publicity intern for a major label. With a foundation in public relations, she transitioned to journalism. Her published bylines include XXL, NME, Alternative Press, Billboard, and more.

Allison holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from Delaware State University. She is also a member of Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).



Vinyl Me Please
Dawn Richard Pays Homage to New Orleans

For nearly a decade, Dawn Richard has paved her own lane, experimenting musically with genre-blending solo projects. Formerly a member of the pop quintet Danity Kane and hip-hop trio Dirty Money, Richard is continuing to pioneer Black women in electronic music to the forefront with her latest project.

Jon Batiste Is In A Class Of His Own

On the night of this year's Academy Awards, Jon Batiste stood tall at the podium. Wearing a dark blue tuxedo with a pinned floral embellishment, the jazz singer warmly scanned the room. "God gave us 12 notes. It's the same 12 notes that Duke Ellington had, that Bach had, Nina Simone...", he recited during the captivating acceptance speech.


50 of the Greatest Hip-Hop Album Covers of All Time

Since the popularization of hip-hop in the late 1970s and 1980s, rappers have supported their artistry with eye-catching imagery. As a result, many album covers have become iconic contributions to the culture.


Alternative Press Magazine
WILLOW Embraces Her Rock Era

When it comes to dealing with stress or trauma, a coping mechanism helps maintain emotional wellness. And in a post-pandemic world where mental health is at the forefront, WILLOW 's 'COPINGMECHANISM' is a timely and transparent body of work.

'Fire In Little Africa' Album Commemorates Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial

Last year, more than 50 Oklahoma-based artists set out to record Fire in Little Africa, an album that commemorates the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Rappers, singers, and producers spent several days working tirelessly from their respective locations, aiming for musical excellence.

Run That Back: En Vogue's 'Funky Divas' Turns 30

En Vogue were definitely a fan favorite in the 90s. Billed as one of the top five-selling American female music groups in history. The iconic girl group sold over 20 million albums worldwide.