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Mark Harris

Features

Wednesday, May 25 2005

Groundation

Do you like your reggae planted firmly in its roots? Can you accept that real reggae can come from California and not the Caribbean? Then you just might be ready for Groundation.


Thursday, March 31 2005

Edutainment: The Rise and Fall of Hip-Hop's Intelligentsia Part 2

Once upon a time, rappers bragged about brains, not bling, about spinning lessons, not spinning rims. This is the story of edutainment.


Thursday, March 31 2005

Edutainment: The Rise and Fall of Hip-Hop's Intelligentsia Part 3

Once upon a time, rappers bragged about brains, not bling, about spinning lessons, not spinning rims. This is the story of edutainment.


Thursday, March 31 2005

Edutainment: The Rise and Fall of Hip-Hop's Intelligentsia Part 1

Once upon a time, rappers bragged about brains, not bling, about spinning lessons, not spinning rims. This is the story of edutainment.


Tuesday, December 21 2004

Negotiating the Dense and Boorish Clots, Or Shopping for Music

Bobby Brown Ruined My Music, and All I Got Was This Lousy CD by Mark Harris - Over the last couple of decades, the alignment of popular musical genres has shifted. What used to be called hip-hop is now R&B. What used to be R&B is now jazz. What used to be adult contemporary is now country. What used to be rock is now punk. How am I supposed to invest in a genre when it won't stand still?


Columns

Thursday, July 21 2005

Keepin' It Real(ity)

Without an acknowledgment of race, reality TV can never be 'real'; it can only be '-ity'.


Monday, June 20 2005

Gray Like Me

We grays won't overcome until that one special gray actor or actress steps forward to show us as living, breathing entities with more to offer than a healthy head of hair and corporate hireability.


Thursday, May 26 2005

Everything I Need to Know About Being Black I Learned From Kenny Rogers

For PopMatters TV/Film Columnist Mark Harris, being a minority in a majority world created an ironic, lifelong battle against being force-fed at the teat of popular culture.


Reviews

Wednesday, July 20 2005

Various Artists: Is It Rolling Bob? Dub Versions

Is it rolling? More like a dull unfurling.


Sunday, July 17 2005

Luciano: Jah Words

Luciano is on a mission. Come join him, won't you?"


Monday, May 9 2005

John Brown's Body: Pressure Points

They may be a-moulderin' in the grave, but the soul of John Brown's Body keeps marchin' on.


Thursday, April 14 2005

Crazy Caribs: Dancehall Dub

Who are the Crazy Caribs, and why are they so crazy? Do they need therapy? Perhaps some Thorazine? These questions and more are answered...


Thursday, March 17 2005

New Edition: One Love

Reunited and it feels so... bad. Can Bad Boy revive New Edition? Can New Edition revive Bad Boy? Will anyone care?"


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