Mark Reynolds, a PopMatters contributor since 2004, spends many of his waking hours pondering the intersection of history, race and culture. A longtime print and radio journalist and cultural critic, he received first-place honors from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists for media criticism in 2004. Wherever he goes, he carries his wife, his daughter, and the sports teams of his native Cleveland closely in his heart.
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.
Was the Blues Born on a Vaudeville Stage? | 24 Sep 2017 // 9:00 PM
Black creative and economic self-determination within the music industry didn’t begin with Chance the Rapper, or Prince, or even Motown.
You May Be Black or You May Be White But in Africa You're an American First | 7 Aug 2017 // 9:00 PM
David Peterson del Mar explores a creation myth for a nation of black people still searching for personal and collective terra firma.
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.