Ed Garnes Dr. Cornel West Discuss Sweet Tea Ethics
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For the first time ever, the critically acclaimed West brothers will speak candidly about their inspiring bond as supportive siblings in a historic dialogue with award winning writer, counselor, and producer Edward M. Garnes, Jr., founder of F.A.T.S and an Atlanta Tribune Man of Distinction. Mixing the reasoning sessions of the local barbershop and fervor of street corner theologians, the inter-generational talk will cover a wide range of topics including manhood, black love, bridging generation gaps, and the cross cultural appeal of hip hop.
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Atlanta native Edward M. Garnes, Jr. is an award winning journalist, counselor, educator, editor, producer, and activist. He is the founder of From Afros to Shelltoes: Art ,Action & Conversation, a community based organization uniquely focused on cultural productions that bridge generation gaps between youth, elders, and the hip hop community. The 2009 Atlanta Tribune Man Of Distinction holds a B.A. in English Writing from DePauw University and a M.A. in Counseling from Michigan State University where he studied as a Competitive Fellow in Urban Counseling.
Garnes’ seminal essay, ” Sweet Tea Ethics: Black Luv, Healthcare, and Cultural Mistrust,” currently appears in Not In My Family: AIDS in the African American Community , a 2007 NAACP Image Award nominated collection edited by Gil Robertson. Garnes’ film and television credits include Finally Sayin’ What I Really Mean, a feature length music documentary featuring Jill Scott, Common, and Saul Williams, and the Black Family Channel’s Spoken, a poetry program hosted and produced by Jessica Care Moore. As a highly sought after commentator on hip hop, black identity, manhood, and popular culture, Garnes has appeared on the CW Network, Sirrus Radio, CBS Radio, allhiphop.com.
A longtime music contributor to Creative Loafing, he has profiled and interviewed such cutting edge artists as Spike Lee, Outkast, Gerald Levert, Erykah Badu, and DMC (Run DMC). A finalist for the Fulton County Arts Council Dialog Literary Fellowship, he has opened for Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, and The Last Poets.
Clifton L. West III is the eldest to Clifton L. West, Jr. and Irene B. West. A former track and field star, West graduated from the University of California with a degree in Psychology and has worked at IBM, MIT and Lincoln Laboratories. Clifton West also started his own private computer software business for 37 years.
Clifton’s passion for music and service resulted in him becoming a co-founder of BMWMB, (Black Men Who Mean Business) a musical movement consisting of Dr. Cornel West and Mike Dailey. It is dedicated to the empowerment, affirmation, and education of all but especially black youth, through the medium of music.
Currently, Clifton resides in Lodi, CA with his wife, three children, four beautiful grandchildren and continues to work in computers and serve the Lord everyday.
One of America’s most provocative public intellectuals, Cornel West has been a champion for racial justice since childhood. His writing, speaking, and teaching weave together the traditions of the black Baptist Church, progressive politics, and jazz. The New York Times has praised his “ferocious moral vision.”
Currently the Class of 1943 Professor at Princeton University, Dr. West burst onto the national scene in 1993 with his bestselling book, Race Matters, a searing analysis of racism in American democracy. Race Matters has become a contemporary classic, selling more than half a million copies to date. In his latest work, Hope on a Tightrope, he offers courageous commentary on issues that affect the lives of all Americans. Themes include Race, Leadership, Faith, Family, Philosophy, Love and Service. Cornel West has published 19 other books and has edited 13 texts. West also offers commentary weekly on The Tavis Smiley Show from PRI (Public Radio International).
West was an influential force in developing the storyline for the popular Matrix movie trilogy and has served as its official spokesperson, as well as playing a recurring role in the final two films.
Dr. West graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and has a Ph.D. from Princeton.