Update: G’s Up Hoes Down:” Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix)


I have updated my new book goals and TITLE. Originally titled “Living Bling, Going Green”: Redefining Black Masculinities Through Hip Hop and Veganism, I changed it to this….

Title: “G’s Up Hoes Down:” Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix).

Cee Knowledge (left), Breeze Harper, DJ Cavem (right)


Book Description: Vegan mainstream rhetoric often falls into a post-racial mindset; that is, the assumption that since the Civil Rights Acts, racism and legacies of colonialism are no longer significant impediments to achieving equality in the USA. Furthermore, rarely does the vegan mainstream reflect on how structural racism shapes one’s logic, goals, and communication strategies around ethical consumption.

In this book, I will explore how key Black male vegans are employing hip-hop methods to create race-conscious and decolonial approaches to vegan activism. Such icons will include vegan chef Bryant Terry, Kevin Tillman of the Vegan Hip Hop Movement, hip hop and eco conscious musician DJ Cavem, and Stic.Man of Dead Prez.

These men are examples of alternative black masculinities, cooking up complex and complicated models of ethical consumption, environmental justice, and nutritional activism that you won’t find in the popular PETA campaigns or the bestselling books Skinny Bitch and Skinny Bastard.

What also makes this book unique is that I will use social science based methodologies such as black feminism, decoloial theory, and critical pedagogies of consumption to analyze the work of these men. Simultaneously, the writing style will be fun, easily accessible, inspirational and critical; one need not have a graduate degree in critical theory to understand it.

Goal: Ultimately, the goal of the book is to show how intersectionality of race-conscious, decolonial thought, and hip hop activism do not DISTRACT from the tenets of veganism, but in fact strengthen it. This is Sistah Vegan Anthology’s sibling and long overdue. If you enjoyed Sistah Vegan, you will enjoy this new book project, which I gave an amazing introductory lecture about at Oberlin College this past spring 2014.

Delivery date to press: Fall 2016.

Funds will be used to pay for travel to areas such as Denver, CO to interview DJ Cavem, copy editing, proof reading, cover design, a new computer (mine died), and promoting the book.

I already have a press for the book. Once I sign the contract, I will let my fans know who it is with.

If you also want to know more about my writing and success in this field, you can go to http://www.abreezeharper.com .

2 thoughts on “Update: G’s Up Hoes Down:” Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix)

  1. Dr. Harper I was so delighted to watch your presentation. Amazing! Grew up in Denver and was happy to see that you had spoken there and had artists from there too. So many thoughts came to mind. So good to see strong male voices too. Realizing how choices I’ve made and choices made for me have gotten me into the situation that I am in from believe systems that I believed in that benefited others to this “digital revolution” that deprived some of peaceful rest in those dark places to exchange of information for that has left some without physical compensation. See, I don’t believe in poverty or that low income places always look run down. There are a lot of misconceptions about “low income” and the humans connection to animals or disconnection and miseducation about our true history. I don’t happen to consider myself low income or poor but am being subjected to loads of unnecessary pressure which doesn’t bring out the best behavior. I do think that the longer that me and the others are placed under unnecessary pressure the more the economy will be strained and miscommunications could wreck a bunch of us. After 4 year of watching and witnessing, I know some truths that I am not so willing to easily share. But having a symbol like the one you have with wbkenn and your moderator helps with an online presence. I found you because I really enjoy your work and I do believe that eating less to no animal products is healthier for my mind. Still getting there and doing quite well. Need to tell you that I feel fragmented and that someone or something else besides my highest Creator is making decisions on who I am. And is not able to understand change and difference . Example, just because someone ate nasty pig parts in the past does not equal the negative impacts forever. Time issues are present and well as identity issues. Not to even mention the species issue. We must begin to partner not just around race or food options but the economy too. LOVED your song We are the ones we are waiting for. I totally agree. However, damages to my system by those who believed that I were worthless is creating exactly what they expected. And the values that I hold so dear to my heart are being used as a weapon against me by some, not all. And the “black nation” is leaving behind some of the most intelligent beings because of “species ism”. You’ve talked about this before, with great honesty. Next step, right use of technology. Education around healing with and without light. I wish the best for you and your 3 beautiful children. And thank you so much for singing and playing the songs of some wonderful artists.

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