Articles by Edward M. Garnes, Jr.
Award winning writer, educator, counselor, and activist Edward M. Garnes, Jr. is the founder of From Afros to Shelltoes A, a nationally acclaimed series of cultural productions confronting the social divide between elders and hip hop heads. The 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 . His 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. (www.afrostoshelltoes.com/word).
I cowered at the revelation that our soul brother number one, musical architect Don Cornelius, whose funky good time was always buoyed by a distinguished gentleman aesthetic, had taken his own life. Not by a pill popping escapade gone woefully astray, but rather a volatile projectile to the dome. This was personal. A profound proclamation of sadness with a mountainous burden: Do you hear me now?
Get ready to break out the mistletoe, snuggle with your boo, and two-step with loved ones as smooth jazz statesmen Will Downing remixes the traditional Christmas album by pouring his silky baritone over lush productions.
For Ed Garnes, founder of From Afros To Shelltoes, veteran journalist T.J. Holmes’ move from CNN to BET conjures up a weighty question:“Whose kool aid is sweeter…CNN or BET?”
A Clean Comedy event showcasing the top artists in the nation! Featuring:freestyle fellow Focus,musician Kevin Spears, saxophonist Ryan Whitehead, live band The Branches, seasoned comedy Veterans, BlackTop Improv Group, BET Comedian Double D, and DJ Genius on the 1’s and 2’s.
Another Ed Garnes Jr. joint!!
To placate swelling demand for his upcoming album, AS ABOVE SO BELOW, Grammy nominated soul brother Anthony David is releasing an unplugged joint, THE SET UP, recorded live at Atlanta’s Sambuca Jazz Cafe. For die hard fans, our play cousin has provided an audible treat for you to lunch on.
In a touching tribute to Richard Pryor, award winning writer Ed Garnes praises the genius who served as a life long inspiration.
Fresh from our play cousin Phonte (The Foreign Exchange) From Afros To Shelltoes hits you upside the head with a new exclusive. This funky single comes courtesy of multi-instrumentalist ZO! whose album Sunstorm rises July 27, 2010 on The Foreign Exchange Music imprint. The joint features grammy nominated soulman Eric Roberson, choir boy crooner Darien Brockington, and spit fire specialist Rapper Big Pooh.
Going Down 6/12/10: Sol Fusion is a cool blend of artists, musicians, creative cuties, down-home homies and on-point crowd controllers such as DJ Kemit & DJ Salah Ananse. While “industry” events are often marred by “velvet rope” shenanigans, this “back up off the wall” affair brings back the days when you left the jam sweaty unafraid to be yourself. Only here will FELA, BBD, Run DMC, dead prez, Cyndi Lauper, Alicia Myers, Eurythmics, Biggie Smalls, Erykah Badu, and Michael McDonald be on the same playlist.
With mega churches more concerned with tax returns than spiritual bankruptcy, absentee parents content on living second childhoods instead of raising competent adults, and ego driven leaders jockeying for a seat at Master’s table, it’s easy to understand why shallow billboard hits are all pretense and no power.
In this episode, Sweet Tea Ethics 104, Ed Garnes & art superstar Fahamu Pecou discuss Black love, bell hooks, African centered psychology, and why women can’t always blame Tyrone!!
With Little Brother spittin’, Bilal lending his heavenly falsetto, and Darien Brockington crooning like a southern sunday morning, this latest joint from the end of an era release Left Back almost seems unfair in a musical generation laced with more swag than real talent. Peep LB’s new joint Second Chances.