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Ferrari Sheppard
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Ferrari Sheppard is a journalist, cultural critic and Editor-in-Chief of Stop Being Famous. His specialties include: minorities in the United States, popular culture, geopolitics and comparative media analysis.

Sheppard holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is based in Chicago.

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"Welcome To Fairfax" Ignites Renewed Entrepreneurial Spirit

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 1:04 PM


Unless you're from Los Angeles, you may not know about Fairfax Avenue, home to the next generation of creative entrepreneurs. Welcome To Fairfax, a new series on Pivot, delves into the personal lives of some of the area's...

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Former South Sudanese Child Soldier Emmanuel Jal Shares His Experiences & Addresses the Business of Foreign Aid [Video]

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 11:13 PM

In his latest artistic endeavor to spread peace through art, former child soldier Emmanuel Jal, stars in this Fall's "The Good Lie" alongside Reese Witherspoon. A small film with a big message about a South Sudanese family displaced by war, the film touches on...

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India Arie Remembers Maya Angelou and Talks About the Pitfalls of Stardom

(4) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 1:33 PM

It's been two months since Dr. Maya Angelou transitioned into immortality. Of course, that's a poetic way of saying she died. During the scramble to find out which famous figures would eulogize one of the most inspirational poets of the 20th century, I began to wonder what Angelou was like...

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The Slaves of Saint-Domingue Did Not Dream, They Exploded

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 5:05 PM

I am a hypocrite; not to a large degree, only enough so it's noticeable to me, especially now, as I write a piece about Haiti. I'll explain my hypocrisy in a moment -- first, I must describe to you the night sky above a country whose name to many, is...

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The Internet (Odd Future) Wants Your Soul

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 7:17 PM

Matt Martians and Syd The Kid (Photo: Devon Jefferson)

I'm guessing you've heard of the California hip-hop collective Odd Future (OFWGKTA). If you haven't, it's probably because you're too old (I'm half joking), or you live in a country where...

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The Curious Case of Lil Boosie

(7) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 3:29 PM

Rapper Lil Boosie, whose real name is Torence Hatch, appears at a news conference in New Orleans, March 10, 2014. (Bill Haber/ Associated Press)

Before I jump into my critique of black folks' celebration of rapper Lil Boosie's release from prison...

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I Traveled to Palestine-Israel and Discovered There Is No 'Palestinian-Israeli Conflict'

(238) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 6:38 PM


The mind has a way of making traumatic experiences seem like distant dreams to those who survive them. As it goes, the more traumatic the experience, the quicker the paramedics in one's mind rush to dress wounds, resuscitate and stabilize the victim; the victim being you.

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