Welcome once again to THE WRITER’S LOUNGE! I can’t wait for you all to meet today’s guest, this is a deep, thought-provoking brotha doing some great things! But you know we always open up with a personal musical selection from our guest, so with no further ado, I give you, the legendary ~ Frank Sinatra!
Frank Sinatra ~ “My Way”
THE WRITER’S LOUNGE PRESENTS:
RALAN “ELLAMENTAL” TEHUTI AHKU
WRITER ~ MUSICIAN ~ ENTREPRENEUR
Today’s guest is a conscientious jack-of-all-trades, as well as a fellow WordPress blogger, I’m sure many of you have seen his many, thought-provoking posts, and if you haven’t, then you need to start following him, he goes by the name of—“Ellamental”
F. Kenneth/W.L: You know I always like to give our readers a little info about our guests, so go ahead and tell us a little more about Ellamental – Kids, where you from, etc..
Ellamental: I’m from Cleveland Ohio. Yes, I have children and one grandchild. ELLAMENTAL is a Philosophy or theorem if you will; my deem and axiom. . .Its basis is for the ELLAMENEUR to view the self in thought and action finding the true balancing point in life.
F. Kenneth/W.L: I’m liking this interview already! Checking out your WordPress posts, I knew you had a deep thought-process. You have a very distinctive name; Ralan Tehuti Ahku, can you explain its meaning?
Ellamental: My name, Tehuti Ahku, was given to me by Elders. The name Ralan was given to me by my Mother which makes me my Mother’s S0n (MaS0n) Ra-LAn or it can be pronounced Ray, or ray of light. . . Ra also can be in balance to Ra, Ra (Re) was the primary name of the sun god of Ancient Egypt. He was often considered to be the King of the Gods and thus the patron of the pharaoh….
F. Kenneth/W.L: I’m feeling that. Now, I read your bio, and found this to be quite interesting, but many people may be wondering about it; so break down the concept of “Ellamental” & S.M.I.L.E. for our readers. How did they come into existence?
Ellamental: ELLAMENTZ, well this can be lengthy. I will work to compress it as much as I can. ELL is a form of measure also known as a cubit 18inches. A cubit originally was measured from “EL”bow to the middle finger. AMEN is for the word ooo0HMmmm, The All, to some God. Paying respect to the “OHM”nipresent. TZ is the current, flow and electricity of all things. Simply put. . .ELLAMENTAL is a mentality, way of thinking. ELLAMENTAL is a path to your own path. . .ELLAMENTAL came about in the mid 80’s I was into comic books heavy. We use to make up our own comics in junior high. The character’s name was EleMan. We would write our own stories and draw our characters. About the time the 90’s hit I lost interest and started doing other things and then came Hip Hop. . .In expressing myself in writing rhymes, I continuously wrote the Philosophies in ELLAMENTAL. I had a chance to channel and study multiple schools of thought from Anatomy to Theology. . .I have been through serious situations with ELLAMENTAL Philosophies but after receiving my Grand Masters this year, March 7, 2015, it was all worth it.
S.M.I.L.E. is an acronym Some Make It Look Easy/ Students Making Intelligent Life Experiences/Sirius Minds Innerstands Life Energies. S.M.I.L.E. is the introduction to ELLAMENTZ and ELLAMENTAL. S.M.I.L.E. . .S.M.I.L.E. is the balance to ELLAMENTAL. S.M.I.L.E. is the commercial expression via clothing that provides an income. . .At the height of my music and merchandising from 2006-2014 I’ve been able to achieve many goals from Christina Milian being the first to wear my tees, to Tech9 wearing my tees in 2014. Throughout my path I have been through many personal situations that caused me to step back. As I said, through everything I do I always read, study and write evolving ELLAMENTAL. Now S.M.I.L.E. is in its next stage as Students Making Intelligent Life Experiences & Sirius Minds Innerstands Life Experiences. This portion of the pie is geared toward no bullying, education, growth and development of the mind, helping others with emotional and mental disorders and guiding those who are truly looking to be helped with a different approach. It’s all ELLAMENTRY! S.M.I.L.E.
F. Kenneth/W.L: Wow, I’m practically speechless. It’s much deeper than I even first realized. But I like how you’ve used those concepts and transformed them into a positive, conscientious, way of life, and now you’re not only passing it along to our younger generation, for mentally challenged individuals as well. I tip my hat to you bruh, you’re exactly what we need in our communities. Congrats on the success with the t-shirts, and big names supporting you.
F. Kenneth Taylor: You’re highly conscious of issues concerning Black America; in your opinion, how can we move forward as a whole & be better role models to our younger generation?
Ellamental: I’m conscious of issues concerning humanity as a whole. I find it very disturbing in what man does to one another. I know from experience the things I use to do to people. Creating ELLAMENTAL helped me to look at myself and from the things that happened to me that lead me to think and act a certain way. Whereas if I hadn’t continued my studies I know I would remain the same as I was in my youth. . .By educating ourselves and learning new ways of solving problems studying psychology, history, The Seven Liberal Arts, The 7 Kemetic Principles and social behaviors to name a few; helped to open my mind to a multitude of innerstandings of myself without fear or to ignore my faults. I had to learn how to let go of those anxieties that plagued me. . .made me violent. I see this in people everyday! Balance is needed in the life of mankind. Balance in the areas of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and environmental. This, to me, is very important to ourselves as adults where we can be that example for the youth. I feel if we can understand ourselves we can learn to treat others better.
F. Kenneth/W.L: Definitely—too often, we’re so quick to acknowledge someone’s faults, yet, we fail to acknowledge our own. You can’t be a positive influence on someone and help them become a better person if you’re failing to acknowledge and overcome your own faults—well said.
You’re also a musician – What artist(s) has had the most influence on you?
Ellamental: There isn’t an artist who had a great influence on me. Music itself is the influence in my life.
F. Kenneth/W.L: What message does your music relay to our younger generations?
Ellamental: My music I did as a hobby and therapy. I didn’t set out to have a message. My music is how I see life then; I also like to create tones. I never really cared so much as to be heard or get a deal even though, we at one point and time were at the table for a record deal. If anything, expressing yourself where a person can learn something, that will be the message I can give.
F. Kenneth/W.L: You’re the founder of Ralan Enterprises, LLC, tell us a little about Ralan Enterprises LLC.
Ellamental: RALAN ENTERPRISES LLC is the glue for everything ELLAMENTAL & S.M.I.L.E. . .It is the business that opens doors to other financial freedoms all positive though. LOL!
F. Kenneth/W.L: A lot of sistas and brothas have business ideas and want to start their own business, but aren’t quite sure how. What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Ellamental: What advice would I give? Hmm, the same advice that was given to me. Find your niche, learn as much as you can, keep in mind, it’s going to be hard work, have a backup plan, learn how to save versus spending and try to create something that other people want! Oh, make sure your partner wife or husband can add on with you!
F. Kenneth/W.L: How long have you been writing?
Ellamental: I have been writing since 1986
F. Kenneth/W.L: Ok, you you’ve been at this for quite a while—you a vet! Lol! What would you like to accomplish with your writing, and I know you’re deep into Hip-Hop, are you also a Spoken Word artist?
Ellamental: Smiling, I am a simple artist nothing more nothing less. I love to create content from painting to writing. I also sing LOL!
F. Kenneth/W.L: Lol! Singing!? Oh no! Man, it’s nothing you won’t do! Have you written and/or published any books?
Ellamental: I’m in the process now.
F. Kenneth/W.L: What influences you to write?
Ellamental: What influenced me to write? Life!
F. Kenneth/W.L: What can we expect to see in the future from Ellamental? Are you currently working on any upcoming projects and/or events?
Ellamental: I’m working on “S.M.I.L.E: Students Making Intelligent Life Experiences”, the book, and creating a syllabus & curriculum for ELLAMENTAL
F. Kenneth/W.L: Alright, we gotta keep our eyes and ears open for that, no doubt. How can the people connect with Ellamental?
F. Kenneth/W.L: I wanna thank Ellamental for stopping by the Writer’s Lounge today, it’s been great having you, and definitely come see us again when that book drops! I know you’re gonna bring it on some many levels!
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Taking us out on a positive note, I give you. . .Curtis Mayfield!
Curtis Mayfield ~ “Move On Up”
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