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?
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.
Monday, January 27 2014
Soul Train was more than entertainment for black America. It was inspiration and validation. Questlove gives us another ride.
Sunday, October 27 2013
Can a pioneering late-night talk show host catch lightning in a bottle 20 years later? Hmmm...
Monday, August 26 2013
"Dancing in the Street" did not seek the kind of greatness ascribed to it -- it simply woke up one morning and found that greatness bestowed upon it.
Monday, July 15 2013
If Disney's Song of the South is as innocuous as its adherents claim, they need to think long and hard about why it’s out of official circulation.
Monday, March 24 2014
I'll Take You There is really the biography of a musical family, centering on not one but two life stories: Mavis Staples’, and that of her biggest influence, dear ol' dad.
Friday, January 10 2014
Mike Tyson has a gift for introspection and storytelling those whom disdain him as some sort of anti-social beast might find surprising.
Monday, December 16 2013
The facts at least those they’ve chosen to reveal in Eminent Hipsters, are often wrapped in sarcasm, smartass-ery, and good ol’ fashioned throwing the dogs off the scent.
Sunday, July 28 2013
Mo' Meta Blues is everything you’d expect from a book Questlove would write: smart, funny, and infused with structural twists on the norm, with dashes of insight and perspective on the ever-evolving state of hip-hop.
Thursday, July 25 2013
Super Boys reminds us for the ages that the values we still find compelling about Superman were instilled at birth, by two guys from a metropolis known as Cleveland.