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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Happy New Year

Check Our Our Top 20 Sistah Vegan Blog Posts of 2015

“Try The Fuck Harder”: The Top 20 of 2015

Top 20 Sistah Vegan Blog Posts of 2015

The Sistah Vegan Project (2)

  1. White Fragility and Joel Salatin’s ‘Good Food’ Framework: Daring to Critique the Mainstream Food and Sustainability Movement’s White Hero
  2. Dear Post-Racial White Vegans: ‘All Lives Matter’ is a Racial Microagression Contributing to Our Daily Struggle With Racial Battle Fatigue
  3. Response to & “Apparently Black Lives Matter More than Chickens or Cows Lives Apparently”
  4. A Black Feminist Vegan Perspective on ‘Women, stop complaining and either raise a family or don’t have a family and just pursue your career’
  5. Was Charleston Enough or do you Need More to Stop Being Silent or Post-racial?
  6. From Seed to Table[t]: Can Foodie-Tech Startups Change a Neoliberal, Racist, and Capitalist [Food] System?
  7. Secrets to living longer, healthier, and aging well….
  8. [Racial Reality] Check Out At a Berkeley Organic Grocery Store…and the Challenge of ‘White’ Apology vs. Engaged Compassion
  9. Must I Be Killed By a Racist Cop While Traveling to a Vegan Event for You to Finally Get it?
  10. ‘Grow Your Own Food, Be Sustainable…[Just Be Out by Sundown if You Don’t Look Like Taylor Swift]’
  11. Fairy Tales and Cowlifornia Nightmarin’: Who Else is Sick of the Sugarcoating of the Endless Nightmare of Systemic Oppression?
  12. The Racial Privilege of ‘Voting With Your Dollars’ to Create a ‘Good Food’ System
  13. On Waiting for the ‘Okay’ to ‘Properly’ Disrupt the System of Racism and Anti-Black Violence That is Killing Us
  14. Ethical Veganism as Anti-Intellectualism: Eurocentric White
    Masculinist Traditions of Intellectualism
  15. Realties of Trying to Rent in Berkeley, CA as the ‘riff raff’ (A.K.A as the non-techie folk)
  16. TRY THE FUCK HARDER: YOU ONLY HAVE YOUR CHAINS TO LOSE (HOW TO RESPOND TO A LYNCHING THREAT)
  17. For Whom Should Ethiopian Cuisine Be ‘Demystified?’: Vegan ‘Ethnic’ Cookbook Marketing and Assumed Whiteness
  18. Paris, Selective Grief, and Outrage: When You’re Brown, Your Screams Make No Sound….
  19. (UPDATED) The [White Savior] Elephant in the Room: Ally Theater, Savior Complex, and Speaking for ‘The Other’
  20. This is the Impact Gary Francione and Ruby Hamad’s ‘Moment in Time’ Had on My Engaged Buddhist Practice

About the Author and The Sistah Vegan Project

Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Dr. Harper currently manages the Staff Diversity Initiative’s Multicultural Education Program at UC Berkeley and is the founder of the Critical Diversity Solutions. Check her profile out on LinkedIn. Inquire about Dr. A. Breeze Harper lecturing or giving a workshop at your organization, school, or business. Find out how you can donate to the Sistah Vegan Project.

“Try the Fuck Harder”: The Top 20 of 2015

Top 20 Sistah Vegan Blog Posts of 2015

The Sistah Vegan Project (2)

  1. White Fragility and Joel Salatin’s ‘Good Food’ Framework: Daring to Critique the Mainstream Food and Sustainability Movement’s White Hero
  2. Dear Post-Racial White Vegans: ‘All Lives Matter’ is a Racial Microagression Contributing to Our Daily Struggle With Racial Battle Fatigue
  3. Response to & “Apparently Black Lives Matter More than Chickens or Cows Lives Apparently”
  4. A Black Feminist Vegan Perspective on ‘Women, stop complaining and either raise a family or don’t have a family and just pursue your career’
  5. Was Charleston Enough or do you Need More to Stop Being Silent or Post-racial?
  6. From Seed to Table[t]: Can Foodie-Tech Startups Change a Neoliberal, Racist, and Capitalist [Food] System?
  7. Secrets to living longer, healthier, and aging well….
  8. [Racial Reality] Check Out At a Berkeley Organic Grocery Store…and the Challenge of ‘White’ Apology vs. Engaged Compassion
  9. Must I Be Killed By a Racist Cop While Traveling to a Vegan Event for You to Finally Get it?
  10. ‘Grow Your Own Food, Be Sustainable…[Just Be Out by Sundown if You Don’t Look Like Taylor Swift]’
  11. Fairy Tales and Cowlifornia Nightmarin’: Who Else is Sick of the Sugarcoating of the Endless Nightmare of Systemic Oppression?
  12. The Racial Privilege of ‘Voting With Your Dollars’ to Create a ‘Good Food’ System
  13. On Waiting for the ‘Okay’ to ‘Properly’ Disrupt the System of Racism and Anti-Black Violence That is Killing Us
  14. Ethical Veganism as Anti-Intellectualism: Eurocentric White
    Masculinist Traditions of Intellectualism
  15. Realties of Trying to Rent in Berkeley, CA as the ‘riff raff’ (A.K.A as the non-techie folk)
  16. TRY THE FUCK HARDER: YOU ONLY HAVE YOUR CHAINS TO LOSE (HOW TO RESPOND TO A LYNCHING THREAT)
  17. For Whom Should Ethiopian Cuisine Be ‘Demystified?’: Vegan ‘Ethnic’ Cookbook Marketing and Assumed Whiteness
  18. Paris, Selective Grief, and Outrage: When You’re Brown, Your Screams Make No Sound….
  19. (UPDATED) The [White Savior] Elephant in the Room: Ally Theater, Savior Complex, and Speaking for ‘The Other’
  20. This is the Impact Gary Francione and Ruby Hamad’s ‘Moment in Time’ Had on My Engaged Buddhist Practice

About the Author and The Sistah Vegan Project

Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Dr. Harper currently manages the Staff Diversity Initiative’s Multicultural Education Program at UC Berkeley and is the founder of the Critical Diversity Solutions. Check her profile out on LinkedIn. Inquire about Dr. A. Breeze Harper lecturing or giving a workshop at your organization, school, or business. Find out how you can donate to the Sistah Vegan Project.

Beaten and Arrested for Simply Being Black… LaJuana Still Fights The Racist-Sexist System for All of Us

I am because she is

We are because they were

Last year I worked hard on social media for Free Marissa Alexander East Bay caravan in early 2015. There were many amazing, mostly womyn of color, working on this. One of these amazing womyn was LaJuana Decatur. Listen to my video below to find our more about LaJuana.

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LaJuana Decatur, December 2014, Gearing Up for the Free Marissa East Bay Caravan to Florida

In the second video, in December of 2014, LaJuana speaks about why she chooses to travel across the USA to do anti-racism, domestic violence awareness, and Black Womyn’s Lives Matter teach-ins throughout the USA. It was recorded a year ago, and since then, LaJuana successfully completed the caravan travel.

And lastly, here is a trailer to the documentary about the Free Marissa Caravan that LaJuana participated in.

Click on the GoFundMe below to help donate to LaJuana’s campaign to help her save her home so she can continue to do the work that needs to get done. Please invest in systemic change by investing in the change-makers. Click on the GoFundMe Link Below to make the investment.

I am because she is

We are because they were

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About the Author and The Sistah Vegan Project

Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Dr. Harper currently manages the Staff Diversity Initiative’s Multicultural Education Program at UC Berkeley and is the founder of the Critical Diversity Solutions. Check her profile out on LinkedIn. Inquire about Dr. A. Breeze Harper lecturing or giving a workshop at your organization, school, or business.

Why a ‘Colorblind’ [Vegan] Utopian World is Ableist

 

As a person who is not blind, I am guilty of having used the term colorblind as a way to define those [mostly white] people who claim that they do not have biases towards human beings because of that persona’s race/skin color.

I stopped using the word colorblind about 5 years ago.

I spend most of my time engaged with vegan and other ethical consumption communities who argue that ethical consumption is a ‘colorblind’ endeavor (i.e., “race doesn’t matter”). Despite trying to explain that we don’t live in a ‘post-racial’ world, what often gets missed is the ableism behind using ‘colorblind’ to freely to discuss racial issues. Here is an excerpt from the book Blinded by Sight by Osagie K. Obasogie that I highly suggest as reading materials for those of us who have colluded with ableist framing of the ethical consumption world and behind.

 

“In effect, colorblindness as a metaphor turns blind people into racial mascots in much the same way that some sports teams demean Native American by misappropriating their imagery and social experience. A distorted, misunderstood, and objectified understanding of group abilities and social dynamics is celebrated as a rally cry at the very same time that it dehumanizes the group by denying full acknowledgment of their complex lives. Colorblindness has turned blind people against their will into a series of cartoonish representations of racial utopia that fundamentally warps their human experiences.” (page 129)

When white people use the  word ‘colorblind’ to explain their take on race and racism, it almost always upsets vegans of color who are sight-abled. They become upset because it dismisses their lived realities of systemic racism they collectively experience in the USA. Not surprisingly, as beneficiaries of a site-ableist society, those of us who have gotten upset over this, rarely if ever get upset over the ableism implied.

So, if you weren’t aware of this before, will you now stop using the phrase “colorblind” ?

What other ableist phrases and ideas have you (beyond site-ability) used?

Here is a great resource to learn more about Ableism.

Ableism 101

 


About the Author and The Sistah Vegan Project

Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Dr. Harper currently manages the Staff Diversity Initiative’s Multicultural Education Program at UC Berkeley and is the founder of the Critical Diversity Solutions. Check her profile out on LinkedIn. Inquire about Dr. A. Breeze Harper lecturing or giving a workshop at your organization, school, or business.

 

Ben Carson, Syrian Refugees, and Facebook Advertisements Supporting ‘Free [Hate] Speech’ Icons

Facebook, thank you for allowing Ben Carson to advertise on Facebook. He is an Islamaphobe and plants seeds of hate which give people the idea that violence against anyone who is Muslim is ‘acceptable’. Don’t you understand that violent actions are planted by seeds of hate? How do we know he won’t make the next domestic terrorist in the USA who decides to kill or hurt Muslims because of what he has said and keeps on saying?

I thought hate speech and hate groups were not allowed on Facebook, no? I guess hate  is subjective!!! (sigh). Just wondering if Facebook  can try harder to not support those who plant seeds of hate and create terrorists through racism, Islamaphobia, etc. There is plenty of social science evidence out there that shows that supporting hate creates an inequitable society filled with those who accept violence as the norm to those they have been mis-taught to believe ‘don’t belong’ or deserve no ‘human rights’… or even deserve to be seen as not human.

Thanks so much for taking his money (because at the end, it’s all about profit) and upholding his ‘free [hate] speech’. (Sarcasm and frustration)

 

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About the Author and The Sistah Vegan Project

Dr. A. Breeze Harper
Dr. A. Breeze Harper

Dr. Harper currently manages the Staff Diversity Initiative’s Multicultural Education Program at UC Berkeley and is the founder of the Critical Diversity Solutions. Check her profile out on LinkedIn. Inquire about Dr. A. Breeze Harper lecturing or giving a workshop at your organization, school, or business.


Like what the Sistah Vegan Project Does? Find out about our 2016 upcoming conference “The Role of Foodie+Tech Culture in an Era of Systemic Racism and Neoliberal Capitalism”. If you missed our Spring 2015, “The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter” you can download the recordings with slides, here

Also, learn about our other projects and how you can donate to keep the Sistah Vegan Project alive and vibrant.

 

 

 

 

 

SisTot Vegans: Eczema Friendly Bamboo Washcloths and Nettles Soup (Review)

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Straight from the babes’ mouths, here is what they think about their new washcloths. They are tough critiques because they always think every washcloth I’ve ever given them is too rough– especially on their faces and particularly on the baby’s light eczema problem.

 

We also try to tackle the baby’s eczema with these remedies and it’s been working very well, along with adding a few drops of lavendar and tea tree oil in the bath water!

Nettles is great for eczema. We make it many ways, but the baby’s favorite is in soup. I make her nettles, barley, lentils soup. It’s quick and simple:

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c green lentils
  • 1/2 c barley (hulled)
  • 3.5 c water
  • 4 tbsp of Olive oil
  • 1 tsp of vegetarian broth
  • 1/2 c of dried stinging nettles

Lightly boil all ingredients for 45 minutes. I personally love adding chili on top, but not chili for the baby!


Like what the Sistah Vegan Project Does? Find out about our 2016 upcoming conference “The Role of Foodie+Tech Culture in an Era of Systemic Racism and Neoliberal Capitalism”. If you missed our Spring 2015, “The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter” you can download the recordings with slides, here

Also, learn about our other projects and how you can donate to keep the Sistah Vegan Project alive and vibrant.

TRY THE FUCK HARDER: YOU ONLY HAVE YOUR CHAINS TO LOSE (HOW TO RESPOND TO A LYNCHING THREAT)

I originally posted this yesterday (November 5 2015) but didn’t realize that after migrating my website to a new host, I did not migrate the subscribers! So, you may have missed this one.


 

 

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Berkeley High students on UC Berkeley Campus, protesting racist and lynching threats that occurred at their high school. November 5 2015.

[I originally posted this yesterday (November 5 2015) but didn’t realize that after migrating my website to a new host, I did not migrate the subscribers! So, you may have missed this one.]

I am at my cubicle when a coworker comes to me and says that hundreds of Berkeley high school students are protesting and marching through the Cal campus. It is noon on November 5 2015. She says there were racist and lynching threats towards Black students at Berkeley High School

 

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They
Organized
By the hundreds…
I photographed.
I video-recorded.
I cried
As they shouted that all we had to lose
Are
Our
Chains.
I am Hopeful
That someone…
That many ones
Are trying
The
Fuck
Harder
To obliterate the hate and vitriol towards Black bodies
and a reminder
that this is the responsibility of
ALL
OF
US

 

My daughter turned 2 years old today. What a powerful and loving gift from them to create a safer future now for her.


Like what the Sistah Vegan Project Does? Find out about our 2016 upcoming conference “The Role of Foodie+Tech Culture in an Era of Systemic Racism and Neoliberal Capitalism”. If you missed our Spring 2015, “The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter” you can download the recordings with slides, here

Also, learn about our other projects and how you can donate to keep the Sistah Vegan Project alive and vibrant.

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