Aph is launching “Black Vegans Rock” in January!

(Originally posted on Aphro-ism)

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I am super excited to announce that I am launching a new project in January called “Black Vegans Rock” which will spotlight black vegans who are doing incredible work everyday.

As you might know, I created a list that spotlighted 100 Black Vegans back in June titled #BlackVegansRock: 100 Black Vegans to Check Out.” To this day, I am receiving emails from black folks who are wondering how they can get featured on this list.

Rather than adding names on, I decided to create a new digital platform where I can spotlight individuals and their work every single day. A Well-Fed World has provided me with a grant to get this digital project off the ground, though I am still looking for financial donations to help sustain the site.

The goal of the website is to change the mainstream narrative surrounding veganism.

Rather than pointing out how other vegan organizations aren’t inclusive, or don’t incorporate intersectional thought into their campaigns, I’m going to create a new space that privileges intersectional thought, and spotlights black people everyday.

The goal is to: stop deconstructing white uncritical spaces, and start (re)constructing more black progressive spaces.

Black folks are regularly overlooked in the mainstream vegan movement. Most of the famous theorists, authors, and activists are white people. Most of the largest platforms for activism are created by white people, which silences grassroots voices. This representation distorts the reality of the vegan landscape which is actually diverse. There are so many black vegans who are doing work that matters, so I’m going to cater specifically to black vegans with this project. In an era of Black Lives Matter, I think it’s important that we celebrate black vegans who are doing incredible work.

We are such a diverse community, so the advisory board reflects that diversity.

The Advisory Board is comprised of:

Tracye McQuirter, MPH (By Any Greens Necessary)

Dr. Amie Breeze Harper (Sistah Vegan Project and Critical Diversity Solutions)

Kevin Tillman (Vegan Hip-Hop Movement)

Pax Ahimsa Gethen (Funcrunch Files)

Christopher Sebastian McJetters (Vegan Publishers and Striving with Systems)

Syl Ko (Aphro-ism)

Dr. Milton Mills (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine)

Stephanie Redcross (Vegan Mainstream)

Demetrius Bagley (Vegucated)

If you are a black vegan and you want your restaurant, book, project, website, lecture, or any other awesome project to be featured on the site, or if you know of any black vegans who should be spotlighted, send an email to:

blackvegansrock@gmail.com

In your submission provide us with your:

1. Name

2. 500 word description of what you’re submitting

3. A High-Definition Photo or Video

4. All links to relevant social media pages and features on other sites that reflect how awesome your project is

*we ask that all submission materials be suitable for all audiences

*the submission email will soon change to submissions@blackvegansrock.com but it’s not set up yet

You can help me out by sharing this digital poster on all of your social media pages right now. Hopefully black vegans will find it and submit their information for a feature 🙂

Are you a black vegan who is looking to get your work %22out there?%22

If you would like to help out by giving a financial donation to Black Vegans Rock, or if you want to help us spread the word about our organization, send an email to aphkoproductions@gmail.com.

Make sure you “LIKE” the Black Vegans Rock Facebook Page as well as the Twitter page. We will start populating it in January.

#blackvegansrock

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