In a recent interview, Reynaldo Anderson talks about Afrocentricity, Afrofuturism, and being UWP’S Editorial Director on The Reading Circle with Mark Medley. Listen to the replay on our community page.
Dr. Reynaldo Anderson currently serves as Associate Professor of Africology and African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Reynaldo is currently the Executive Director and co-founder of the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM), an international network of artists, intellectuals, creatives, and activists. He is the co-editor of the following anthologies and journals, Afrofuturism 2.0: The Rise of Astro-Blackness and The Black Speculative Arts Movement: Black Futurity, Art+Design (Lexington Books, 2015, 2019), Cosmic Underground: A Grimoire of Black Speculative Discontent (Cedar Grove Publishing, 2018), Black Lives, Black Politics, Black Futures, a special issue of TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies (2018), and When is Wakanda: Afrofuturism and Dark Speculative Futurity (The Journal of Futures Studies, 2019). He is also the author of numerous articles on Africana Studies and Communication studies and helped conceive the joint BSAM and NY LIVE Arts Curating the End of the World online exhibitions (2020-2021). Reynaldo is the co-editor of The Lovecraft Country Reader, forthcoming in 2022. He has presented papers in areas of communications, Africana studies, Afrofuturism, and critical theory in the US and abroad.
Marc A. Medley is the principal of The Young Men’s Leadership Academy in Paterson, New Jersey and the Saturday morning talk show host of The Reading Circle with Marc Medley. Marc attended the William Paterson College in Wayne, N.J. where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and holds a Master in Corporate and Organizational Communications Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a Master in Educational Leadership(M.Ed) from William Paterson University. He has also studied leadership courses at Princeton and Harvard Universities.
He is listed in the 9th Edition of Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Marquis Who’s Who in America 54th Edition 2000, Marquis Who’s Who in the East, Marquis Who’s Who Among Emerging Leaders, and Marquis Who’s Who American High School Students 1980. He has received numerous awards including the Alpha Man of the Year Award, New Jersey Air National Guard Outstanding Soldier of the Year Award, State of NJ Department of Education 2003 Governor’s Teacher Recognition Teacher of the Year Award, 2004 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Z-HOPE Community Service Award and Paterson City Council Citations for his work with the youth of Paterson. He is also the recipient of the James A Dykes Sr. Education Award presented by the Rotary Club of Paterson Club #70, District #7490 and the William Paterson University 2009 Maltese Award for Best Speech Based Program on WP88.7 FM, The Reading Circle with Marc Medley.
Specialties: Mr. Medley served as an adjunct professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University and at Passaic County Community College. He is a member of St. Luke Baptist Church and is currently a member of its Deacon Ministry. Marc served as the N. J. State Vice-President Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and served in the NJ Air National Guard for 9 years as a jet engine mechanic for the 108th Air Refueling wing.