Mark Reynolds, a PopMatters contributor since 2004, is director of Marketing & Communications at Antioch College, his alma mater. In his previous life, he spent 31 years at the U.S. Postal Service, serving as its corporate communications representative in Chicago from 2006 to 2016. In a life concurrent to that one, he was a print and broadcast journalist in Cleveland and Philadelphia, covering politics, culture, the arts and various other fields. In a life concurrent to the aforementioned ones, he loves his daughter. And in a life preceding all of those, he grew up in Cleveland wondering when the Cavaliers would become NBA champs.
Chuck Berry, O.G. | 20 Mar 2017 // 4:00 AM
Chuck Berry was a black man who spent the majority of his career entertaining white audiences with music more deeply rooted in black culture than they ever thought to ponder.
Some Kind of Cool: An Interview with Cody ChesnuTT | 12 Nov 2012 // 5:20 PM
After disappearing from the music scene to prioritize a family life, Cody ChesnuTT returns with a new album and a new outlook on spirituality.
'Bop Apocalypse': What Happened When the Beats and the Boppers Set Out to Change the World | 5 Jun 2017 // 9:30 PM
Fifites' jazz and the Beat Generation are often linked. Aside from the drug use, however, this new book on the history begs to differ.
On Wanting Sly Stone to Take Us Higher Yet Again | 2 May 2017 // 10:00 PM
Sly Stone was one of the first audacious badasses of modern black pop music, a hero and then an anti-hero to millions.
The Visual Storytelling of Black Life in America | 30 May 2017 // 4:30 AM
Graphic novels The Souls of Black Folk, Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story and Six Days in Cincinnati suggest the visual storytelling of black life is almost as vast as black life itself.
'True South' and the Foot Soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement | 4 Apr 2017 // 3:30 AM
True South functions as a reminder of how great and important Eyes on the Prize is, and why it remains essential.