Thug Life Geographies, Vegan Hip Hop, and Sistah Vegan Conference: 2015 Projects in the Works

Happy New Year 2015 and welcome to the new Sistah Vegan Website. Search around the new site to find out what we have to offer. Many thanks to Elise Aymer for revamping the website!

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For more information about Sistah Vegan 2015 April 24-25 Conference please click on the title: “The Vegan Praxis of ‘Black Lives Matter’Challenging Neo-Liberal Whiteness While Building Anti-Racist Solidarity Among Vegans of Color and Allies (Before, After, and Beyond Ferguson)“.

For those of you who have not yet watched a lecture that best represents what my new book will be about, you can watch the talk I gave at Middlebury College, from 2014 Fall, right after this paragaph. NOTE: The audio was horribly recorded, so I apologize for that. If you can, wear headphones with the volume on high. I am unable to do CC for hearing impaired people, but I’m working on making this a regular feature for my videos. This video is an analysis of Thug Kitchen controversy through  critical race and whiteness lenses. This subject will be a chapter in my book. In the talk, I bring in the context of Ferguson, Tupac Shakur’s ‘thug life’, and what it means to be a Black or Brown person who would create vegan food justice from what I call ‘geographies of thug life.’

And below, here is a different video from Oberlin College from Spring 2014 that does not focus on Thug Kitchen, but other things that my book will include.

Lastly, even though I did not mention this in the introductory video at the beginning of this post, I will be doing a new series of quick videos that show great vegan gems in the SF Bay California area. I hope that I can expand the geographic focus, but for now, since I live in the SF Bay area, I’ll be focusing on this region. I will not be just talking about how good a vegan item tastes, but also inquire about the labor behind it, the ethics of sourcing the ingredients, treatment of restaurant staff, how badly or mindfully packaged it is, etc. There are many vegan food tips and guides out there, but I have not seen any that say things like, “I loved that new ice cream place down the street. The vegan chocolate sorbet was amazing, but I asked about the cocoa sourcing and they use Hershey powder. So, perhaps they get a 10 out of 10 for taste, but a 1/10 for using cocoa by a company that sources cocoa through slave labor in many part of Africa.” Unfortunately, many mainstream vegans have been sold the idea that if a non-human animal was not directly harmed, they need not think further about how the vegan commodity got to them— even if it means human beings that have been exploited, abused, enslaved, etc made the vegan ‘cruelty-free’ ingredient possible, which was the center of my doctoral dissertation. In my new series, I’ll succinctly explain why these issues of justice should not be ignored or dismissed as ‘non-vegan related’.

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