Mark Reynolds has written extensively about African-American culture and celebrity since the late '80s. He began his print journalism career with the weekly Cleveland Edition, and was a longtime contributor to its successor, Cleveland Free Times. He has also written for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and various publications in Cleveland and Philadelphia. His national credits include reviews and features for the college-distributed entertainment magazine Hear/Say, and reporting on the travel industry for the trade magazine Black Meetings & Tourism. His media criticism was honored in 2004 by the Society of Professional Journalists, Ohio chapter.
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.
The Long and Short of Long-Form Journalism | 22 Oct 2009 // 5:00 PM
Prevailing wisdom is a funny thing, and the sense that people don’t have the time or patience to work through a complicated work of journalism has taken hold among many of the people and institutions that used to win awards for it.
Afropunk Is Officially a Brand and That's a Good Thing | 7 Jul 2015 // 9:30 PM
There is a large community of alt-black folks out there, and Afropunk has given them a big tent to party under.
The Story of Billie Holiday's Life Shouldn't Overshadow the Power of Her Music | 12 May 2015 // 10:45 PM
To say that Billie Holiday's songs remain memorable because we know she lived a hard life does her artistry a most insulting disservice.
'Broadcast Hysteria' Revisits When a Pop Culture Event Went Wildly Viral | 6 Jul 2015 // 9:05 PM
This deeply researched account reveals the history and misconceptions behind the legendary piece of radio theater, "War of the Worlds".
Toni Morrison's 'God Help the Child' Is a Cautionary Tale | 4 Jun 2015 // 2:00 AM
God Help the Child shows Morrison's skill in fleshing out an idea through language and detail both rich and taut.