Whitesplaining: “You Don’t Look ‘So Black’ and You are ‘Nice’ So You Won’t Be Racially Profiled”

In the video, I referred to the potential of me looking ‘suspicious’ while carrying boxes into our short term rental in Albany, CA on July 4, 2016. That blog post is here.


(Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen 2016)

(Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen 2016)

About Dr. A. Breeze Harper
Dr. Harper has been invited to deliver many keynote addresses and lectures at universities and conferences throughout North America. In 2015, her lecture circuit focused on the analysis of food and whiteness in her book Scars and on“Gs Up Hoes Down:” Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix)which explored how key Black vegan men us hip-hop methods to create “race-conscious” and decolonizing approaches to vegan philosophies.Dr. Harper’s most recently published book,Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England (Sense Publishers 2014)interrogates how systems of oppression and power impact the life of the only Black teenager living in an all white and working class rural New England town. Her current lecture circuit focuses on excerpts from her latest book in progress, Recipes for Racial Tension Headaches: A Critical Race Feminist’s Journey Through ‘Post-Racial’ Ethical FoodscapeIn tandem with this book project, she is well-known for her talks and workshops about “Uprooting White Fragility in the Ethical Foodscape” and “Intersectional Anti-Racism Activism.”


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Nettles Tea Won’t Dismantle Racism, But Can Help With Racial Tension Headaches

 

Distraught over racial battle fatigue and not sure what to do with herbal teas?
Distraught over racial battle fatigue and not sure what to do with herbs in your kitchen?


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(Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen 2016)
(Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen 2016)

About Dr. A. Breeze Harper
Dr. Harper has been invited to deliver many keynote addresses and lectures at universities and conferences throughout North America. In 2015, her lecture circuit focused on the analysis of food and whiteness in her book Scars and on“Gs Up Hoes Down:” Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix)which explored how key Black vegan men us hip-hop methods to create “race-conscious” and decolonizing approaches to vegan philosophies.Dr. Harper’s most recently published book,Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England (Sense Publishers 2014)interrogates how systems of oppression and power impact the life of the only Black teenager living in an all white and working class rural New England town. Her current lecture circuit focuses on excerpts from her latest book in progress, Recipes for Racial Tension Headaches: A Critical Race Feminist’s Journey Through ‘Post-Racial’ Ethical FoodscapeIn tandem with this book project, she is well-known for her talks and workshops about “Uprooting White Fragility in the Ethical Foodscape” and “Intersectional Anti-Racism Activism.”


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Dr. A. Breeze Harper Wants to Continue Her Bay Area Social Justice Work

I am seeking permanent housing in Albany CA/Berkeley CA or surrounding areas.

I thought I’d do a video in asking about available housing and talking about how I’d like to stay in the Bay area to continue with my social justice work among other things.

Can you help?

Contact Information: Amie Breeze Harper breezeharper@gmail.com

SF Bay Area: Adventures in Housing and Gentrification

 

Breaking: Dr. A. Breeze Harper as Vice Presidential Nominee for Humane Party

 


(Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen 2016)
(Photo Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen 2016)

About Dr. A. Breeze Harper
Dr. Harper has been invited to deliver many keynote addresses and lectures at universities and conferences throughout North America. In 2015, her lecture circuit focused on the analysis of food and whiteness in her book Scars and on “Gs Up Hoes Down:” Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix) which explored how key Black vegan men us hip-hop methods to create “race-conscious” and decolonizing approaches to vegan philosophies.Dr. Harper’s most recently published book, Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England (Sense Publishers 2014) interrogates how systems of oppression and power impact the life of the only Black teenager living in an all white and working class rural New England town.

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Sistah Vegan: The Praxis of Justice in an Era of Black Lives Matter

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Link to Patreon for Sistah Vegan is here to financially support this anthology and other book projects by Dr. A. Breeze Harper/The Sistah Vegan Project.


(Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen 2016)
(Photo Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen 2016)

About Dr. A. Breeze Harper
Dr. Harper has been invited to deliver many keynote addresses and lectures at universities and conferences throughout North America. In 2015, her lecture circuit focused on the analysis of food and whiteness in her book Scars and on “Gs Up Hoes Down:” Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix) which explored how key Black vegan men us hip-hop methods to create “race-conscious” and decolonizing approaches to vegan philosophies.Dr. Harper’s most recently published book, Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England (Sense Publishers 2014) interrogates how systems of oppression and power impact the life of the only Black teenager living in an all white and working class rural New England town.

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Sistah Vegan’s Cosmetic Beauty Secrets

Dr. A. Breeze Harper. September 2015. Muir Beach, CA.
Dr. A. Breeze Harper. September 2015. Muir Beach, CA.

Some folk have asked me about my vegan cosmetic beauty tips and favorites over the years. I kind of cringe when asked to talk about ‘beauty’ tips because of the love/hate relationship I have with the expectation that women are supposed to naturally have (or be inclined to have). I’ve been trying to avoid this topic for years because of the amount of emphasis in the ‘health and beauty’ world that values women for how ‘beautiful’ they can look…and those standards are white fat-shaming, cis-sexist, racist, colorist, ableist etc for the most part and doesn’t embrace that there is not one way to ‘do beauty’. But, I’ll try to offer my personal experiences .

Well, it’s probably not going to be what you expect: I don’t know anything about cosmetic beauty arts. I tried it a long time ago– that is,  to do make-up and ended up on sometimes using lipstick that always seemed to taste bad. That was about 20 years ago.

I don’t regularly remove the hair that comes out of my chin and my 4 year old daughter has asked me why I have hair coming out of my chin if I’m “not a man”. “Why do you have a beard, mama?” I have then  explained to her multiple times that hair (or lack there of) does not determine one’s gender identity.

As an adult, I never went to a salon to ‘get my hair did’. Never been to a spa. The other day I finally gave myself a much needed manicure by clipping my long toe nails (6 months worth of growth that I only noticed after I realized my shoes were uncomfortable because the toenails were pressing against the front) the other day and slapped some shea butter on my ashy toes and feet that have never seen a pumice stone.

I shaved my legs last month after 10 months and probably won’t do it again for another 10 months. I think I’m the only person I have ever seen with a two piece bikini at the beach, wearing a bikini with ‘sideburns’ (i.e., won’t shave or wax before I put a bikini every single time) The picture above is me with ‘sideburns’ but it’s kind of hard to tell since this is a tankini and not a bikini.

But, I have a confession: I cannot and will not leave the house without wearing a pair of huge earrings (preferably my Angela Davis, Malcolm X, or Nina Simone earrings) and shea butter and castor oil applied to my face and body!

In terms of cosmetic art expression (is that the right way to phrase it?), what can’t you leave the house without?


About Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Dr. Harper’s most recently published book, Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England (Sense Publishers 2014) interrogates how systems of oppression and power impact the life of the only Black teenager living in an all white and working class rural New England town.

Dr. Harper has been invited to deliver many keynote addresses and lectures at universities and conferences throughout North America. In 2015, her lecture circuit focused on the analysis of food and whiteness in her bookScars and on “Gs Up Hoes Down:” Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix) which explored how key Black vegan men us hip-hop methods to create “race-conscious” and decolonizing approaches to vegan philosophies. Her latest book project is Recipes for Racial Tension Headaches: A Critical Race Feminist’s Journey Through the ‘Post-Racial’ Ethical Foodscape (2017).

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Emergency Intervention: A Hen and Chicks Living in a Bike Shoppe Window

Animal rescue help: Do you live in Berkeley, El Cerrito, or Albany CA?

There is a hen living in a Bike Shoppe window. she was given 12 eggs to hatch. 10 babies have died and the shoppe keeper says it’s because she is a new adoptive mother who never had babies before. I need help with trying to get the hen and the 2 babies (who I hope are still alive) out.

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I have hardly any experience with this and need local help from animal compassion /vegan folk in the area. It’s Bikes on Solano 1554 Solano Ave, Albany, CA. If you could contact them and inquire about the health of the hen and the babies and ask why the other 10 are dead, I’d appreciate it. 510-524-1094. The more calls the better.

I just spoke to a bird sanctuary expert who says that there is almost no way that that hen would have smothered the babies and that they most likely died from hunger despite “good intentions”.

I’d like to do this without using cruel words or whatnot towards the shoppe keeper. Just keep focus on the health of the chickens and not demonizing the shoppe keeper. Most of us were not always vegans or AR folk and were ignorant too of non human animals suffering and agency.image image image image

Part II: My Afro Does Not Fit Into My Bike Helmet

…Well, actually, now it does.

(This is the sequel to Part I: My Afro Doesn’t Fit Into My Bike Helmet)

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