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 // 4:20 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 // 4:00 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.
James Baldwin Matters | 15 Dec 2015 // 8:29 PM
There's a reason why Ta-Nehesi Coates is often compared to James Baldwin, and there's a reason why Baldwin's work is so relevant in the age of Black Lives Matter.
For Jazz and Gospel Artists and Audiences, Music Is Their Faith, and Faith Is Their Rock | 30 Aug 2015 // 8:30 PM
Black music's spiritual aspect may be a given, but two new books, A City Called Heaven and Spirits Rejoice! go deep into explaining how that actually happens.
How Did Four Young Black Boys Become Hollywood Stars During the Height of Jim Crow? | 10 Dec 2015 // 1:00 AM
By foregrounding the stories of the black stars of the Our Gang comedies, Julia Lee uncovers how black America’s attitude towards its representation by Hollywood evolved.
Does Michael Jackson's Work Contain the Stuff of Genius? | 22 Nov 2015 // 8:05 PM
Steve Knopper’s highly readable biography MJ: The Genius of Michael Jackson lays out a credible case for Jackson to be considered along those lofty lines, and not simply as a supreme entertainer.