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.
Kanye and Mingus: Gifted, Complicated and Proud of It | 24 Apr 2016 // 9:00 PM
Charles Mingus and Kanye West represent an extreme form of the complicated-and-proud-of-it black man, within a society that prefers its black men as uncomplicated and untroubling as possible.
Criticism: It Gets Personal | 21 Apr 2016 // 3:01 AM
New York Times film critic A.O. Scott defends his craft in a thought-provoking book, even as he gets attacked by the very industry he critiques.
Hero Worship, Reportage and Friendship in 'Approaching Ali' | 29 Mar 2016 // 9:05 PM
While the access Miller gained sheds some light on Ali’s post-boxing life, this story is really about Miller and how much of his life revolved around his hero.
'Real Love No Drama' Is Longer on Praise for Mary J. Blige Than Context | 29 Mar 2016 // 3:30 AM
One hopes Real Love No Drama will not be the last word on one of the most culturally significant black stars to emerge since hip-hop went pop in the late ‘80s.