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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.

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Other Side Of The Game

How Fahamu Got Us To Drink His Red Kool Aid

February 8, 2009 – 3:01 pm |

The following joint is an exclusive excerpt– Ed Garnes’ essay– from FAHAMENON, internationally acclaimed artist Fahamu Pecou’s art catalogue.

Anthony David ATL Grammy Party

February 5, 2009 – 9:36 am |

Our homie Anthony David & India.Arie are nominated for a Grammy (Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals). Peep the flyer to RSVP!

Carla Aaron Lopez’s Rebellion My(black)American Life

February 3, 2009 – 10:44 am |

Black is the new cool. With the superstar status of Obama and suburban youth still bumpin’ hip hop in their Volvos, black identity continues to be redefined and appropriated by mainstream consumer culture. And as we all the weather the Matrix, burgeoning photographer Carla Aaron-Lopez captures the grace and underappreciated complexity of black folks with her visual playground My (black)American Life.

Crazy Question of the Week: The Recession

January 22, 2009 – 11:55 pm |

From developing kool aid recipes to debating whether to eat chicken in front of mixed company, Ed & Sugar ponder things that make you go HMMMMM!!

President Obama’s Southernplayalistic Inauguration Mixtape

January 19, 2009 – 10:44 pm |

Everybody needs a soundtrack. I bet you Obama would bump these joints from Outkast, Marvin, Gaye, Erykah Badu, and Gil Scott Heron in his Presidential Caddy!

Mad At God: A Poetic Attempt At Healing

January 11, 2009 – 12:30 pm |
Mad At God: A Poetic Attempt At Healing

On what would have been Everett Garnes’ B Day, his brother heals from his passing the best way he knows how…ART!!!!

What We Need Now Is Not Another Blues Poem

January 8, 2009 – 2:20 pm |

In a poignant poem, Ed Garnes responds to the death of Oscar Grant, a recent victim of police brutality.

Ed Garnes Tribute To Jazz Legend Freddie Hubbard

January 5, 2009 – 10:31 am |

Before Street Lights Call Us Home
(A Tribute to Jazz Legend Freddie Hubbard)

By Edward M. Garnes, Jr.


December 31, 2008 – 5:07 pm |

Chrisette Michele has been here before. Inheriting the vulnerability and matchless vocal character of queens like Billie Holliday and Phyllis Hyman, she plainly personifies loves vacant assurances as well as its soul stirring potential. Michele’s musical gifts vacillate between the sonic mysticism of smoky jazz clubs and the boomin’ system vigor of hip hop. In this exclusive with Ed Garnes, Michele represents for everyday sistas.

Ed Garnes Vents On Scarface, Fake Rappers, Drug Culture

December 29, 2008 – 12:51 pm |

From running numbers to moonshine runs and after hour juke joints, black folks have often utilized the underground economy. Scarface is a hood hero because it is the ultimate underdog story.

Ed Garnes Traces Anthony David’s Rise Circa 00′

December 27, 2008 – 12:56 pm |

The following joint is an exclusive excerpt from award winning writer Edward M. Garnes, Jr.’s long awaited collection Other Side of The Game: Rare Testimonials On Music & Black Cultural Production to be published by Home Grown in 2009. This was the first story ever written on Anthony David way back in 2000.

Obama Drama: When Racial Identity Goes Wrong

October 30, 2008 – 4:20 am |

Obama is not as racially obscure as Justice Clarence Thomas or as radical as the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. But, he occupies a curious public space where his “Blackness” is palatable across race and class fault lines.

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