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.
These '70s Avant-Garde Jazz Musicians Blew Freely, Fiercely, and Reverently | 9 Mar 2017 // 9:30 PM
These cats blew all night and day a new, astonishing page into the jazz lexicon. What they couldn't do was get gigs in jazz clubs.
'Muslim Cool' Puts Its Faith in Hip-Hop, and Hip-Hop in Its Faith | 26 Feb 2017 // 10:00 PM
Where Chance the Rapper injects spirituality into hip-hop, Muslim Cool injects hip-hop into spirituality.
Is There Such a Thing as a Quintessentially Cleveland Film? | 11 Jan 2017 // 9:15 PM
Cleveland’s film resume doesn’t equal even a Toronto or Vancouver, but it’s been hiding in plain sight behind some fairly notable films over the years.
'Motown: The Sound of Young America' Over-promises and Under-delivers | 16 Sep 2016 // 5:00 AM
A Motown book that largely recounts the career of its head salesperson can’t really be seen as a definitive history of an enterprise that changed music, culture and commerce in America.