Hi! I'm Steffany and I'm a 27 year-old black feminist vegan who works at a STEM empowerment program for girls. I also study race, class, gender, and American Society in the Pacific Northwest.
My journey to veganism has been chaotic. Beginning in my teenage years, I fluctuated between diets, from meat-eating to vegetarianism to veganism. I've now been vegan for over a year and I have come to realize that variations in my diet and ability to connect with animals…
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Dreamcrusher is a genderqueer/non-binary (they/them/their pronouns), straight edge, vegan electronic musician since 2003, creating immense, abrasive, sometimes rhythmic and often isolating soundscapes with bursts of melody choking through overwhelming sonic cacophony. Dreamcrusher was recently featured in …Continue
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Like many “extreme” sports, Roller Derby is pretty white. For example, the black women of Clarksville, TN.'s ClarksVillain represent half of all black Derby girls in the entire state of Tennessee. Teammate Petti LaBelle describes the dynamic for black players as one of an apologetic nature. Black players are split up into rounds, as it were, to prevent all five of them from being on the track at the same time—under the pretense of “unfairness” (read: blacks are…Continue
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I went vegan because I didn't like the reckless slaughter of sentient beings and the unethical cruel treatment of black and brown bodies. I have also noticed that I feel lighter and less dense maneuvering through life this way. My vegan journey was actually pretty difficult because of the lack of knowledge surrounding how versatile this way of life can be. I was on and off for about four years under Queen Afua's influence which, for the most part, is still an enriching…Continue
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Some of us utilize different vices to overcome the feelings of loneliness and hopelessness that comes from depression. I'd like to share a few of mine and how some of them helped me and how some of them did not. I wanted to share this small project to show that recovery comes in many different forms and that you are not alone in your journey to recovery.
I am a black woman and I have Bi-Polar II disorder. Over the last several years I have experimented with…
My adventure as a vegan started out as an informal student of health trying to absorb all I could about plant-based living to become the best version of me. That process has surprisingly led to me now serving as a teacher or guide for others who are looking for inspiration on their own paths to optimal health.
It's been almost fifteen years since I first decided to cut out all meat and animal products from my diet. At the time, I just didn't like the way I felt eating meat…
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Peace of Food was founded by Letitia Richards in 2010 as a platform to educate and support those who are seeking holistic healing through a vegan, vegetarian, or raw lifestyle. Witnessing loved ones being affected by lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure ignited a change in Letitia. She wanted to prevent this from ever happening to her so she…Continue
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So, I started with veganism when I was 15 years old, a teenager. In the beginning I had no notion of what I could eat. I just ate rice, beans, and soy. My mom was worried about my health, but as the days went on, a huge universe of new possibilities emerged. I started to eat more fruits, more vegetables, more greens, more beans and grains. I also drank different kinds of vegan milks, and veganism became easier to me.
Some of my friends (from when I was a teenager) tried…
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Amie Breeze Harper, PhD, the creator of The Sistah Vegan Project and the editor of the ground-breaking anthology, Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society, is a sought-after speaker, writer, researcher and consultant at …Continue
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JoVonna Johnson- Cooke is a veganic farmer, chef and food justice activist working in Atlanta. JoVonna is the owner and co-founder of Maitufoods, a vegan meal delivery service and vegan nutrition education hub. Through MaituFoods, she is working to develop culturally appropriate and accessible educational materials that highlight the benefits of healthy nutrition…Continue
I am not here to preach veganism, I want that to be super clear from the get-go. I am a black feminist vegan who is interested in building and supporting liberatory movements. My veganism is one very important part of this. For the past month I have been engaged in an ongoing struggle with an “animal liberation” group at the Evergreen State College, where I am a student. This college is overwhelmingly white in an overwhelmingly white city in an overwhelmingly white state.…Continue
Aph Ko is a feminist activist and writer. She is the founder of Black Vegans Rock as well as the founder of Aphro-ism, a website that provides critical analysis through a black vegan feminist framework. Aph is also a contributor to …Continue
Added by Robust on February 23, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
Every Tuesday we’ll be celebrating Black vegans and unpacking veganism in partnership with Black Vegans Rocks. Watch this space.
My name is Kyronne, I am a poet/learning mentor and began my transition to veganism after transitioning to veggie about 5 years ago with my family to help my sister with her Eczema. Now before I go into the story, I was one of the most avid meat eaters. My family…Continue
Added by Robust on February 16, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments
Yoga and other group fitness activities can be pretty intimidating to get into. Everyone in the room seems to “belong”, they know what they’re doing and you’re a ridiculous person who’s just going to get in the way and take up too much space. No? Just me? Okay, whatever, but you get what I’m saying. Yoga teacher and self-described "fat femme” Jessamyn Stanley proves that yoga is for every body, not just lithe bodies adorned in Lulu Lemon. Check out a few fitness…Continue
Added by Robust on February 11, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
Hey guys, this video is a little different from my usual. Rather than instructional, this is more for entertainment, but there is a passionate message behind this video. In both my professional and personal lives, I am sincere and enthusiastic about exposing as many communities to yoga and its healing benefits as possible. I have been fortunate to work not only as an experienced, certified yoga teacher, but…Continue
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After teaching yoga to people from all different walks of life over the past 10 years, two of the most frequent comments I hear from people about why they believe yoga is just not for them are, (1) "I'm too tight. No, for real, I'm not flexible enough to do yoga!" and (2) "I don't have enough time to do yoga."
So first off, you do not need to be super bendy, able to touch your toes, or a former gymnast to do yoga. No matter your flexibility or…
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I credit yoga with literally saving my life, and for the past 10 years I’ve made it my life’s mission to encourage others to try it too – especially those who feel they don’t fit the “expected profile” of a yoga student. I enjoy defying that stereotype as well: a tatted-up African American female, former pro-ballerina turned yoga teacher, licensed psychotherapist and yoga therapist. I will never forget my first yoga instructor, who gave me the opportunity…Continue
As writer and activist Aph Ko states, "Black folks are regularly overlooked in the mainstream vegan movement"; and to combat this, Aph Ko is launching a new digital project in January 2016 that spotlights black vegans - entitled 'Black Vegans Rock'. She writes, "As you might know, I created a list that spotlighted 100 Black Vegans back in June titled …Continue
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South Africa-based Kenyan photographer Cedric Nzaka launched a series to fight the stigma and secrecy that usually surround suicide.
He tells us: "Silent Noise is a suicide awareness campaign that delves into the parallels of one's immediate unflawed appearance and the well hidden stories desperately needing to be told."
"Most African countries do not report data on suicides to the World Health Organization. African authorities often record suicide as "death by…
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