Monday, July 18, 2011


“Living Naturally You”
Real People Real Answers
 What’s your name?

Ferrari Elite Sheppard

  How old are you?


Where are you from?

  A wet, dark tunnel

 What is your occupation?

Artist. Writer. Cultural critic. Journalist. Painter. Web designer. 

  How would you describe yourself?

  A fully exposed nerve ending with the ability to see outside of itself when its not daydreaming or being self centered  .

  When did you first decide to grow locs?

Around 2004

  If there was one word to describe your style what would it be? 


 Who are some people that inspire you the most?

Tupac, Kurt Vonnegut, Kurt Cobain, dream hampton, Aja Monet, Saul Williams, Kimya Dawson, Mystic. 

What do you want to be when you grow up?


  What advice would you give to others who wanted embrace their individuality?

  Being yourself is so easy you don't have to try.

  What’s your favorite quote?

"the best often die by their own hand just to get away, and those left behind can never quite understand why anybody would ever want to get away from them" - charles bukowski 

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“Living Naturally You”
Artist Appreciation
New Natural Stars on the Rise 
What is your name ? 
Where are you from? 
I am from Jersey City, NJ

Why as an artist have you decided to promote the natural/ conscious lifestyle? 

I've decided to promote natural/ conscious lifestyle as an artist for a couple of reasons. Growing up in a harsh environment, I have seen first hand how your environment can shape you, and influence you in a negative way. So through music I bring awareness to show people that they can overcome, no matter what the situation or circumstances are.  I was always criticized for staying true to myself, and not being a follower or doing what all the other people were doing. Writing music became a comfort zone for me. I often write music about being natural, and about empowerment. I feel like people can relate to it, and benefit from it. It can be a comfort zone for them as it is for me. I promote consciousness and positivity so that the listeners can have something that inspires them to take charge and be an individual and express themselves accordingly.  

How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as 90's conscious Hip Hop/ Alternative. Especially with the new music I have been working on, there are hints of Rock and Jazz, and a little contemporary. As a fan of many genres I try to incorporate much of the sounds I love into my music. As far as personality wise, I would have to say my style is a mixture of Hip Hop artist meets truth seeker/ freedom fighter. learning and spreading knowledge and empowerment through music. Giving the listeners something of substance, something that they can genuinely feel and relate to.

What are some people that inspire you most? 

I am inspired by many types of music, some people that inspire me the most are: Bob Marley, Billie Holliday, Phyllis Hyman, Mos Def, Michael Jackson, Lupe Fiasco. 

What's the general mission of your music? 

The general mission of my music is to promote awareness. Awareness of the harsh realities of the world. Awareness of Self, and to spread peace. 

What are some of your accomplishments and describe in detail some of your most recent performances?

I am fairly new to recording as an artist, and putting my music out there. My biggest accomplishments two collections of music that I released. My music release "R.M.O.I.T.S" with a fellow Hip- Hop artist Red Shaydez. and my latest mixtape entitled "The Academy"

Where can we find the your music? 

You can find my music at you can also view my videos at

What advice would you give to others who wanted to go natural or live a more natural based lifestyle? 

Go for it! It will not be an easy task for some, it takes hard work and dedication but it is well worth it if it will make you happy.

What's your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is definitely "Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace and power in it." - JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE   From experience I have found this to be life changing and very true.

She can really style those twists of hers:)

8 Great Anger Manangment Tips

Look we all get a little steamed from time to time. Sometimes being angry is warranted . This article seeks to help people express their anger in more civilized manner . People can't always put on the happy face...but in order to maintain healthy relationships we must find a way to be mad in a good way;)

No. 1: Take a timeout

Before reacting to a tense situation, take a few moments to breathe deeply and count to 10. Slowing down can help defuse your temper. If necessary, take a break from the person or situation for a while and let thing cool down a bit.

No. 2: Once you're calm, express your anger

As soon as you're thinking clearly, express your frustration in an assertive but nonconfrontational way. State your concerns and needs clearly and directly, without hurting others or trying to control them.

No. 3: Get some exercise

Physical activity can provide an outlet for your emotions, especially if you're about to erupt. If you feel your anger escalating, go for a nice walk or run, or spend some time doing other favorite physical activities. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that can leave you feeling happier and more relaxed than you were before you worked out.

No. 4: Think before you speak

In the heat of the moment, it's easy to say something you'll later regret. Take a few moments to collect your thoughts before saying anything — and allow others involved in the situation to do the same.

No. 5: Identify possible solutions

Instead of focusing on what made you mad, work on resolving the issue at hand. Remind yourself that anger won't fix anything, and might only make it worse.

No. 6: Don't hold a grudge

Forgiveness is a powerful tool. If you allow anger and other negative feelings to crowd out positive feelings, you might find yourself swallowed up by your own bitterness or sense of injustice. But if you can forgive someone who angered you, you might both learn from the situation. It's unrealistic to expect everyone to behave exactly as you want at all times.

No. 7: Use humor to release tension

Lightening up can help diffuse tension. Don't use sarcasm, though — it can hurt feelings and make things worse.

No. 8: Practice relaxation skills

When your temper flares, put relaxation skills to work. Practice deep-breathing exercises, imagine a relaxing scene, or repeat a calming word or phrase, such as, "Calm down." You might also listen to music or write in a journal o — whatever it takes to encourage relaxation.