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?
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.
Wednesday, April 10 2013
This meticulous work of research and analysis attempts something beyond the scope of power-to-the-people flashbacks of Afros, dashikis and raised fists: it takes the Black Panther Party seriously as a political entity taking dead aim on American laws and values.
Sunday, March 3 2013
Black people had plenty to say about slavery -- especially slaves themselves -- and as soon as they learned to write, they did.
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.
Wednesday, June 19 2013
A story of jazz, wealth and family; 'Nica' Pannonica de Koenigswarter's life was truly one for the ages.
Tuesday, February 26 2013
Percival Everett by Virgil Russell is a pas-de-deux for father and son. But don’t come to this expecting anything you can find on a greeting card. This is still a Percival Everett novel, after all.
Monday, February 18 2013
Stories from Jonestown allows the people of the Peoples Temple to speak in their own words, unframed from mass perception.