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MacIntyre tells the committee that no promises were made. "Before we left, at the meeting, it was stated that this would have to go through legislative review," she says.
"Not true at all!" Reed interrupts. "Come on! That is not true!" He slams his fists on his desk.
"OK, we're adjourned," Johnson says, striking his gavel and ending Reed's outburst.
Reed's eruption is a rare flash of public emotion. Even in private, he rations out only a small portion of his personal life and feelings.
"I'm a very private person," Reed says. "You probably won't get much out of me about my personal life."
Framed Kansas City Star articles, with his name highlighted, line the walls of his City Hall office. In 2000, he toured nationally with the anti-tobacco Truth Campaign, and he appeared on The Rosie O'Donnell Show as a representative of National Youth Service Day. In high school, he hosted a radio show, Generation Rap, Saturday mornings on KPRS 103.3.
"I would say that I've always been a pretty public figure, though not always elected," Reed says. "People will still come up to me and say, Hey, Generation Rap!"
His strategy to keep his personal and public lives separate includes a well-maintained, if bland, online presence. He is the only council member with a Wikipedia page (his biographical information culled from campaign materials and mostly favorable news accounts). His Twitter timeline is filled with links to the city's webcam for council meetings, and inspirational quotes ("Smile ... A smile is a curve that sets everything straight").
Even in long interviews, he carefully filters the details of his life. He doesn't want people to know where he lives. His mother declined to be interviewed. And some of his efforts at privacy veer toward the absurd. After noting that he loves beach vacations, Reed clams up.
"The thing I enjoy, it is being able to look over the ocean and see nothing but water as far as you can see," he says. "It's always very intriguing to just think how that's nothing but water out there. But if I look behind me, there's a whole earth that's moving with cars and infrastructure and people making decisions. But it's just really peaceful right there."
Which beach locales are his favorites?
"I'm not going to tell you that," he says. "I'm a private person. I don't want somebody to follow me."
Although it's publicly available through tax records, Reed won't say what kind of car he drives.
"It's a little black car that gets me where I need to be," he says.
Reed doesn't want people to know what kind of car he drives because, he says, Black recently followed him. Leach, Reed's aide, says Black harrassed Reed while the councilman was in the barber's chair. (Black couldn't be reached for comment.)
Joey Thomas, owner of JoeyCuts, tells The Pitch that, on that May day, Black came in and started taking photos of Reed. "I didn't understand what was going on," Thomas says. "Nobody in the shop knew what was going on. It caught everybody by surprise."
Leach says Reed asked Black to make an office appointment. "Mr. Black declined and then followed Councilman Reed to the rear of the barbershop, grabbing him by his shirt and issuing a verbal threat," Leach says.
Thomas says Reed talked with Black in the back of his shop; he didn't see or hear their exchange. After Black left, Thomas adds, Reed paid for his haircut and walked to his car.