A standout from the ordinary in a yellow kurta with an army uniform, Ferrari Sheppard is a "conscious black man," even though "he hates being called that." As Ferrari so aptly explains, "It's like they expect a black dude to be fucking ignorant. I'm not conscious. I'd rather be pictured with an Uzi doing a drive by." Passionate, expressive, and label-defying, Ferrari's unchained voice and fuck-you style syncs up perfectly with our theme on boundless men. Raised by all women (seven sisters, a single mother, and aunts), Ferrari is grateful for being able to see the world through a feminine perspective (yet honest enough to admit that women, too, reinforce gender stereotypes). "I admire people who have the ability to cry," Ferrari confessed. "My great grandfather, a farmer in Mississippi, died at 52. He just got up when the sun came up, went to work, and got drunk. He never said a word and he never cried. For me, that's a weakness: dying at 56 when you could've lived till 80."
The founder of Stop Being Famous, Ferrari's take on the world is not for the politically correct, and we love it. The title of his blog alone addresses the duality within us: both the need to be heard and the repulsiveness of celebrity. "The world is being pimped," Ferrari says. "We have been programmed to believe that we are not the change by putting all of our body, mind, and spirit into people who we don't know but who are strategically placed onto giant billboards in order to own our minds. Even worse, why can an artist only survive these days by dealing with people who would privatize water?" Acutely aware of the pervasive exploitation and iniquity of global capitalism, Ferrari believes that we are all abused. "To walk down the street everyday and see a human being lying on the ground and to walk by them and go home and fix some tea?" Ferrari ponders. No wonder we're numb. But for Ferrari, better to be the disappointed child -- angry and fighting for a cause.
Elisa & Lily
Shot, photographed, and interviewed by Elisa & Mona
Video edited by Paul O'Brochta