Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Mark Reynolds
Image: Mark Reynolds

Mark Reynolds has written extensively about African-American culture and celebrity since the late ‘80s.  He began his print journalism career with the weekly Cleveland Edition, and was a longtime contributor to its successor, Cleveland Free Times. He has also written for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and various publications in Cleveland and Philadelphia.  His national credits include reviews and features for the college-distributed entertainment magazine Hear/Say, and reporting on the travel industry for the trade magazine Black Meetings & Tourism.  His media criticism was honored in 2004 by the Society of Professional Journalists, Ohio chapter.


Features

Monday, November 12 2012

Some Kind of Cool: An Interview with Cody ChesnuTT

After disappearing from the music scene to prioritize a family life, Cody ChesnuTT returns with a new album and a new outlook on spirituality.


Thursday, October 22 2009

The Long and Short of Long-Form Journalism

Prevailing wisdom is a funny thing, and the sense that people don’t have the time or patience to work through a complicated work of journalism has taken hold among many of the people and institutions that used to win awards for it.


Monday, July 6 2009

He Got the Money, I Got the Good Looks

But Michael Jackson and his brothers opened up and represented the possibilities of a wide, wonderful world for me at a most impressionable moment in my youth.


Wednesday, July 6 2005

When I Say "Debt" You Say "Relief": Live 8 in Philadelphia

Live 8 in Philly made for a very good party -- just not for those in need.


Sunday, January 16 2005

The Long Shadow of the Dream

Tensions between activists from Dr. Martin Luther King's era and young progressives 10 years later brought the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Change to a critical point. As an intern at a summer institute, Reynolds recalls that for him and his fellow progressives, they're formative experiences weren't the Cold War but the Vietnam War, not water cannons but Watergate. And now, 40 years later, how can Dr. King's lessons be applied to today's activists?


Columns

Sunday, October 26 2014

I'm Rick James' Bio, Bitch!

The majority of Glow is a blow-by-blow account of the drugs he took and the women he bedded. James either had a great memory, or he took remarkable notes.


Sunday, June 22 2014

Bring Back the Beat! What's Up with Hip-Hop Reissues?

The record industry makes huge efforts to reissue rock CDs, but nowhere near as much effort for hip-hop CDs.


Thursday, May 29 2014

Carl Van Vechten, America's First White Negro

What was Van Vechten really writing about during the Harlem Renaissance; black culture as it existed in its own right, or how he viewed it through his own complicated prism?


Monday, March 17 2014

A New Book Calls for a More Activist Black Church -- But That Might Be Easier Said Than Done

The difference between churches of service and activism is seen by the degree to which they hold to the philosophies of black theology, a school of religious thought that emerged in the wake of the racial tumult of the ‘60s.


Monday, January 27 2014

Soul Train: The Hippest Nostalgia Trip in America

Soul Train was more than entertainment for black America. It was inspiration and validation. Questlove gives us another ride.


Ask an African [10.Jan.08]
Role Model at Bat? [28.Sep.04]

Reviews

Wednesday, December 24 2014

D'Angelo and the Vanguard: Black Messiah

The urgent Black Messiah proves that sometimes, life won’t let a cultural statement that’s chomping at the bit wait for a proper marketing campaign;


Monday, December 1 2014

'The Man From Essence' Is the Inside Story of What Would Become the Pre-Eminent Black Women's Brand

Essence magazine proved its founders’ bets were right: black women comprised a significant market with money to spend, and the right product with the right approach could virtually own it.


Monday, May 19 2014

'1954' Promises a Look at Pioneering Black Athletes, but Instead Delivers a Baseball Pennant Chase

If Bill Madden is saying that by 1954, black excellence in baseball was no longer shocking, that’s one thing to note – but his book doesn’t really note it.


Monday, March 24 2014

Mavis Staples and Her Pops Helped Get Us There

I'll Take You There is really the biography of a musical family, centering on not one but two life stories: Mavis Staples’, and that of her biggest influence, dear ol' dad.


Friday, January 10 2014

Former Heavyweight Champ Mike Tyson Becomes a Raconteur and Memoirist -- Who Knew?

Mike Tyson has a gift for introspection and storytelling those whom disdain him as some sort of anti-social beast might find surprising.


Blogs

Tuesday, December 15 2009

Gods and Soldiers

Gods and Soldiers: The Penguin Anthology of Contemporary - Rob Spillman [$16.00]


Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.