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Ed Garnes Sweet Tea Ethics Tour Highlight DePauw Philanthropy Excellence Weekend

April 13, 2015 – 11:40 am |

On April 19, 2015 at DePauw University’s Janet Prindle Institute of Ethics from 10am-11:30am, award winning scholar/activist Ed Garnes (DePauw Class of 99′), founder of From Afros To Shelltoes, will pour a special brew of …

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Ed Garnes Sweet Tea Ethics Tour Highlight DePauw Philanthropy Excellence Weekend

April 13, 2015 – 11:40 am |

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On April 19, 2015 at DePauw University’s Janet Prindle Institute of Ethics from 10am-11:30am, award winning scholar/activist Ed Garnes (DePauw Class of 99′), founder of From Afros To Shelltoes, will pour a special brew of Sweet Tea Ethics via a keynote address during Philanthropy & Excellence Weekend, a multicultural Alumni gathering created and implemented by Andrew Smith (DePauw Class of 10′), Director of Alumni Engagement.

A celebrated Alum of DePauw, 2015 marks Garnes’ 20th Anniversary as a multi-media journalist and arts & entertainment professional whose career was birthed during his matriculation at his Alma mater. During his DePauw years, Garnes hosted/produced the longest running television program in student tv history, served as an editorial writer for The DePauw student newspaper, and worked as a DJ/Host and social commentator at WGRE, the university’s award winning radio station. On the forefront of institutional change, he co-founded DePauw University’s Student Coalition for Awareness, Revolution and Education (S.C.A.R.E.) and assisted university administration and legal counsel in the drafting of the institution’s formal Hate Crime Policy.

Fueled by an uncanny mix of observational humor and candid social commentary, the Sweet Tea Ethics College & Community Tour transforms grandma folk tales, personal experiences, and sobering life lessons into practical strategies for personal development and real world application. Specifically targeting college students, the unabashed series confronts hot bed issues and also features lively freestyles on topics posed by audience members.

“Sweet Tea Ethics is anchored in truth telling. Through solution focused dialogue, I aim to inspire a new generation of artists/thinkers/educators/activists to put down payments on their own dreams,“ says Garnes.

“Here is the significance of my dear brother Ed Garnes, Jr. and (From Afros To Shelltoes’) Sweet Tea Ethics. There is no other group in Atlanta that can bring together such engaged, high quality, and substantial dialogue about the crucial issues facing not just the black community, but also American society. He writes well, works hard and revels in the life of the mind. Thank God for brother Ed Garnes, Jr., “ says Dr. Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary.

Far beyond lectures and canned speeches, Sweet Tea Ethics operates as an open forum exploring love, life, and soul. Mixing the reasoning sessions of the local barbershop and fervor of street corner theologians, the inter-generational talks cover a wide range of topics including manhood, black love, bridging generation gaps, and the cross cultural appeal of hip hop. Sweet Tea Ethics not only confronts the cultural divide of elders and hip hop heads, but it also challenges clichéd visions of leadership and formal education.

Sweet Tea Ethics has featured a wide array of visionaries including brothers Clifton West & Dr. Cornel West, visual artist Fahamu Pecou, Grammy Award winning hip hop artist Killer Mike, CNN financial analyst Clyde Anderson, Grammy Nominated soul man Anthony David, and celebrity stylist Spry Lee Scott. The series has garnered high praise for its straight no chaser approach to solution focused reasoning and has been featured on WEAC Love860, allhiphop.com, hiphopwired.com, mauricegarland.com and captured by famed photographers Shannon McCollum (shannonmccollum.com) & Ken Gordon ( kengordonphotograpy.com).


To book the Sweet Tea Ethics college and community tour, contact fromafrostoshelltoes@gmail.com. For more info on From Afros To Shelltoes, visit fromafrostoshelltoes.com. See previous media coverage of Sweet Tea Ethics by CLICKING HERE.


Sweet Tea Ethics was a reveling in love, connection, purpose, and life. It was an association and affiliation of like heartedness that will hopefully be a launching pad for good things to come.” —Clifton West respected music producer

“Sweet Tea Ethics is as culturally profound as the Japanese tea ceremonies because it goes back to traditions of how we were raised in the south. Ed Garnes’ writing, teaching, and community work with From Afros To Shelltoes is very relevant, very hip hop, and a very important bridge from our past to today’s sensibilities. His brilliance is committed to the values of our people in the most warm and accessible manner.stic.man of dead prez

If what Ed Garnes has done in regards to… hip hop discussions and social events, for impact, is an appetizer or minute representation of From Afros to Shelltoes, I don’t know if I am ready for a full plate of what this service/ministry provides.” –Christopher “Play” Martin of Kid ‘N Play

Brother Garnes work is cornerstone to our youth. A balance of our culture as it stands within American Culture is pivotal in positive youth development. From Afros to Shelltoes is the bridge between generations for our folks. Black America must understand our ancestors, embrace our social and cultural factors, Be Bop, Hip Hop, conservative, liberal, black and more…Black Arts embraced, appreciated and loved.–Dr. Carl S. Taylor Professor, Department of Sociology Michigan State University; Senior Fellow, University Outreach and Engagement; Bergstrom International Fellow, Tufts University

“From Afros to Shelltoes shows that this generation is not lost, and we recognize we have a history. We understand that our cultural identity and survival is not determined solely on what we do now, but how that connects us with who have been and who we are becoming as a people.”–Jessica Care Moore Poet, Apollo Legend, Publisher Moore Black Press

“There is no movement that epitomizes the thoughts, dreams, and disillusionment of my generation better than From Afros to Shelltoes (F.A.T.S). For every young Black person that’s closer to 30 than 25, too grown for 106 & Park, but still too young for the Tom Joyner crowd, F.A.T.S is our leading voice. With their exciting mix of wit, insight, and just plain old ‘real talk,’ F.A.T.S gives voice to a generation that wants to build on the future, while learning from the mistakes of the past. If my kids are reading about From Afros to Shelltoes in their history books in 20 years, I wouldn’t be surprised.”–Phonte Coleman Grammy Nominated singer/songwriter of The Foreign Exchange

Intersessions Fahamu Pecou Nzingha Stewart Bryan Michael Cox

March 2, 2015 – 1:47 am |

Our play cousin Fahamu kicks off a new season of Intersessions at the beautiful new Center for Civil and Human Rights with guests; filmmaker and director Nzingha Stewart and award-winning producer Bryan Michael Cox on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 6pm.

Fahamu Pecou 15 Project High Museum of Art

January 6, 2015 – 4:32 am |

THE 15 PROJECT is back for an all new season! Beginning January 9, 2015, the show will be LIVE from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The 15 Project is a part of public programming series supporting the upcoming “Imagining New Worlds” exhibition at the High featuring a restrospective of artist Wifredo Lam with solo exhibitions by José Parlá, and Fahamu Pecou!

ATL Jessica Care More Steffanie Christi’an Talib Kweli

December 20, 2014 – 7:38 pm |

Jessica Care More, Steffanie Christi’an, and Talib Kweli bless Atlanta on 1/3/15.


December 8, 2014 – 9:59 pm |


Dads Daughters Dolls

December 4, 2014 – 10:37 am |

Commissioner Elect Marvin Arrington Jr., DJ Greg Street, Hardnett Enterprises, LLC, and Outside Looking In present Dads, Daughters, and Dolls Holiday Drive. Help daughters of incarcerated fathers feel their fathers’ love beyond the bars by donating new dolls. Bring donations to: Arrington & Phillips, LLP, 2200 Fairburn Rd, SW, Atlanta, GA 30331. Also join us for a gift-wrapping party on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 6pm-9pm, at JR Crickets Cascade, 2384 Cascade Rd SW, Atlanta, GA 30311.

For more information email: Artis.Brunson@OutsideLookingIn.org

Fahamu Pecou Presents GRAV·I·TY Dedicated To Charles Nelson

November 14, 2014 – 11:09 am |

In exhibition GRAV·I·TY, Fahamu Pecou uses the trend of “saggin” (the style which sees young men wearing pants well below their waist) as an allegory to talk about Black male mobility and agency.

Phonte Vikter Duplaix Jamming at Jukebox

November 8, 2014 – 8:17 am |

Phonte and Vikter Duplaix Jamming at Jukebox. This will be a stone cold groove. Peace to our homies Muddy Water.

Arrington & Phillips LLP Preps Boys 2 Men July 19 Welcome All Park

July 14, 2014 – 9:31 pm |

Please brings your families and join the parents of Jordan Davis & Kendrick Johnson as we share ways we can empower our communities and save our selves and our sons. Empower our sons to make it from CRADLES to CAREERS!

Soul of Cinema Presents Elementary Genocide Charlotte Screening

June 20, 2014 – 8:50 pm |
Soul of Cinema Presents Elementary Genocide Charlotte Screening

Charlotte, NC July 26: Soul of Cinema Movie Review is hosting a public screening of the documentary film, Elementary Genocide: From Primary to Penitentiary directed by award winning filmmaker Rahiem Shabazz.

Ed Garnes Pours Sweet Tea Ethics On Outkasted Conversations

June 4, 2014 – 9:04 am |

Award winning writer, activist, and educator Ed Garnes, founder of From Afros To Shelltoes & Sweet Tea Ethics, is featured on Episode 16 of Dr. Regina Bradley’s Outkasted Conversations?, a critically acclaimed dialogue series dedicated to thinking about the cultural and academic implications of the hip hop group Outkast.

LOVE AYO Benefit Concert Hosted by Anthony David Fahamu Pecou

May 21, 2014 – 9:45 pm |

Grammy Nominated soul man Anthony David and award winning visual artist Fahamu Pecou host a benefit showcase for Ayodele Murphy.

Ed Garnes Serves As Celebrity Judge TeenFest 2k14

May 10, 2014 – 5:17 am |
Ed Garnes Serves As Celebrity Judge TeenFest 2k14

Respected educator, activist, and writer Ed Garnes, founder of From Afros To Shelltoes, will lend his voice to the collective call for violence prevention and drug free communities at the 10th annual TeenFest(ival) event, Saturday, May 17,2014 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the historic Carolina Theatre ( 309 W. Morgan Street Durham. NC 27701).

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