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Ed Garnes Talks Rihanna And Role Models On The Ugly Facts With Dr. Jenn

Submitted by on December 6, 2011 – 11:14 amNo Comment |

Prof Garnes teaching the 5 Principles of Black Psychology with a teen student.

Rihanna burst onto the American R & B scene in 2005 and became an instant hit around the world. She has sold 10s of millions of CD and digital downloads. Her career sailed along famously until her bought with highly- publicized domestic violence in 2009. Despite – and in some instances because of – her domestic violence episode with Chris Brown – Rihanna has continued to occupy the psyche of the world’s teen and tween girls. Rihanna lists Madonna and Mariah Carey as her top role models. The Ugly Facts With Dr. Jenn–along with featured guest From Afros to Shelltoes founder Ed Garnes–discuss how Prof  Garnes’ Public Speaking Class at Spelman uses pop cultural icons like Rihanna to stimulate conversations around not only leadership, but also how and why we choose role models. Are our choices worthy?????




About  Prof Garnes’ Public Speaking Class

Inter-generational in scope and in ways similar to his award winning organization From Afros To Shelltoes, Professor Ed Garnes’ public speaking class at Spelman fearlessly bridges generation gaps between youth, elders, and the hip hop community through an examination of the context, theory, practice, and psychology of communication. The class is a ground breaking journey of introspection utilizing solution focused dialogue, emotional healing, and identity development. From examining the themes and universal appeal of Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes, and Amiri Baraka to analyzing the everyday politics and liberation theologies of Erykah Badu and Outkast, students learn to summon the passion, creative energy, and artistic prowess deep within us all.  The class serves not only as a testament to self discovery, but it also equips students with creative tools necessary to define themselves in a society all too often praying for their demise.  Guest speakers have included Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Anthony David, poet/writer Chezon Jackson, music exec Amir Windom, entertainment manager Cynthia Charles, and writer educator Khia Stone.

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