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.
Monday, November 12 2012
After disappearing from the music scene to prioritize a family life, Cody ChesnuTT returns with a new album and a new outlook on spirituality.
Thursday, October 22 2009
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.
Monday, July 6 2009
But Michael Jackson and his brothers opened up and represented the possibilities of a wide, wonderful world for me at a most impressionable moment in my youth.
Wednesday, July 6 2005
Live 8 in Philly made for a very good party -- just not for those in need.
Sunday, January 16 2005
Tensions between activists from Dr. Martin Luther King's era and young progressives 10 years later brought the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Change to a critical point. As an intern at a summer institute, Reynolds recalls that for him and his fellow progressives, they're formative experiences weren't the Cold War but the Vietnam War, not water cannons but Watergate. And now, 40 years later, how can Dr. King's lessons be applied to today's activists?
Tuesday, January 13 2015
In the face of mounting allegations against the beloved comedian, we are left to reconsider his artistic legacy.
Sunday, October 26 2014
The majority of Glow is a blow-by-blow account of the drugs he took and the women he bedded. James either had a great memory, or he took remarkable notes.
Sunday, June 22 2014
The record industry makes huge efforts to reissue rock CDs, but nowhere near as much effort for hip-hop CDs.
Thursday, May 29 2014
What was Van Vechten really writing about during the Harlem Renaissance; black culture as it existed in its own right, or how he viewed it through his own complicated prism?
Monday, March 17 2014
The difference between churches of service and activism is seen by the degree to which they hold to the philosophies of black theology, a school of religious thought that emerged in the wake of the racial tumult of the ‘60s.
Tuesday, January 20 2015
This will be one big revelation for anyone steeped in a rock-centric understanding of pop history, and validation for those who treasure the Songbook in all its glory.
Tuesday, January 13 2015
While industry gatekeepers were invested in a specific image of black performance, black performers themselves had different ideas.
Wednesday, December 24 2014
The urgent Black Messiah proves that sometimes, life won’t let a cultural statement that’s chomping at the bit wait for a proper marketing campaign;
Monday, December 1 2014
Essence magazine proved its founders’ bets were right: black women comprised a significant market with money to spend, and the right product with the right approach could virtually own it.
Monday, May 19 2014
If Bill Madden is saying that by 1954, black excellence in baseball was no longer shocking, that’s one thing to note – but his book doesn’t really note it.