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 …
For the uninitiated, Burns is a “lifestyle specialist” adept at forecasting trends well before a hibernating status quo has a clue. Just as Harlem Renaissance artists, businessmen, activists, and politicians appropriated the term “New Negro” to challenge conventional notions of black identity, Burns represents a cooler offspring “The New Black,” a cultural armor defining a new space of creative expression and personal agency.
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.
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.
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.