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.
The Story of Billie Holiday's Life Shouldn't Overshadow the Power of Her Music | 12 May 2015 // 9:45 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.
'Who We Be' and the Optics of Culture, in Living Colors | 1 Mar 2015 // 8:30 PM
Jeff Chang's cultural history tackles how race has played out across the last 50 years, and counting, of American culture.
'Soul!', the Groundbreaking Public TV Show From the Black Power Era Is Rescued From the Archives | 21 Apr 2015 // 8:05 PM
Musical acts ranged from Rahsaan Roland Kirk to Ashford & Simpson. Nikki Giovanni and James Baldwin interrogated each other in a two-episode arc. Try finding a mix like that in the current PBS lineup.
'Preaching on Wax' Is an Introduction to a Neglected Subset of Early Black Pop and Its Biggest Star | 21 Apr 2015 // 1:00 AM
Rev. J.M. Gates was a hit from his 1926 debut, worlds apart from his stodgy predecessors. His best work can still really get the goosebumps going.