Please donate to help save PopMatters. We are moving to WordPress in December out of necessity and need your help.
Recent
Film

Keepin' It Real(ity)

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

Mark Harris
Music

Various Artists: Is It Rolling Bob? Dub Versions

Is it rolling? More like a dull unfurling.

Mark Harris
Music

Luciano: Jah Words

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

Mark Harris
Film

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.

Mark Harris
Film

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.

Mark Harris
Music

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.

Mark Harris
Music

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.

Mark Harris
Music

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...

Mark Harris
Music

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.

Mark Harris
Music

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.

Mark Harris
Music

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.

Mark Harris
Music

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?"

Mark Harris
Music

Horace Andy: From the Roots

Mad Professor concocts a formula to return Horace Andy to his reggae roots.

Mark Harris
Music

Boyz II Men: Throwback

Reel in Boyz II Men's tribute album, enjoy a listen or two, then throw back.

Mark Harris
Music

Burning Spear: Creation Rebel: The Original Classic Recordings from Studio One

Rebel without a pause: Burning Spear has never ceased releasing classic reggae for almost 40 years. See where it all began.

Mark Harris
Music

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?

Mark Harris

Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews



Features
Collapse Expand Features

PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.