[NEW!] Two great reads by BlackFeministVegan

The Journey Will Not Be Televised: Why Black Folk Choose Vegan.

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In my experience, I’ve learned that a Black person’s choice to go vegan is motivated by reclamation of health. For many, this is true- and for many others, the journey expands upon, and relies upon, values of anti-capitalism and anti-oppression.

Interested in this read? Download your FREE copy of The Journey Will Not Be Televised_ Why Black Folk Choose Vegan whenever you’d like.

The Polluted and the Pure: The Role of Racism in Science, Medicine and Health.

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The white gaze effectively regulated the Black body, (and other bodies classified as inferior) through various systems that existed in the eras of slavery, Jim Crow and present-day mass incarceration. It is through this gaze that “inferior” bodies are classified, criminalized and contained. 

This essay speaks briefly about how an “oppressor” gaze functions to contain and police “lesser valued” bodies through systems of power. It specifically addresses the history of animality and othering as it has affected the health & health experiences of Black people in the United States. It also brings up the origin of various societal myths regarding Black mobility, freedom and wellness. I would consider this to be a foundational piece of work for applying concepts of Black feminism to veganism. Concepts discussed in this essay: Social Darwinism, Black Codes, Policing Black Bodies, Medical Apartheid, and Animality.

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Click here to purchase your copy of The Polluted and the Pure: The Role of Racism in Science, Medicine and Health.


Compassion: The Disruptor of Oppression

Understanding plant based living as a place from which we begin breaking down oppression as it exists inside and outside of us.

Join us on Saturday, June 29th at 4PM at The Arc (1901 Mississippi Ave SE, DC).

This is a panel discussion to spotlight black, brown, and indigenous lived experiences. Our panelists include Danni McGhee of DAM Good Vegan and DC Vegans of Color, Starr Carrington, the Black Feminist Vegan, Jamila Alfred, the Soulful Veganista, Victor Ferguson, creator of Optimal Wellness Community LLC (OWC), and Ajani Simmons of DC Vegans of Color.

Come out and be ready to engage, have discussions, eat food, and build solutions in community ! Food will be provided for free by Chili’s on Wheels DC. In order to reduce waste, we ask that everyone bring their own water bottle, utensils and dishes for food, if possible.
There will be ASL interpretation and free childcare.
At the end of the event, participants can take home with them free produce.

This event is also in partnership with Veggie Mijxs DC.

There is limited parking on site, available on a first come first serve basis. The location is a 10 minute walk from both the Southern Avenue Metro, and Congress Heights Metro, and the W2 bus drops off in front of the building.

This is a zero-tolerance space for ableism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ageism, speciesism, xenophobia, islamophobia, white saviorism, or any combination of the above.

It is created by POC for POC.

5 Phrases That EMPOWER Your Vegan Journey


Hi ❤ I hope this video gave you insight on how to shift your language to empower yourself on this vegan journey! I intend for these shifts to reflect your intentional CHOICE to pursue a compassionate lifestyle. If you liked this video, give it a thumbs up and leave a comment about some other topics you would like me to cover!

Song: Temptation by Raveena


Write to the Point: An Advocacy Writer’s Workshop

During a time where we are constantly consuming information, the way in which we process, apply and share this information is what determines our ability to be a change. This workshop aims to empower participants to play an active role when engaging with written text, as both a reader or writer.

Write to the Point is an advocacy writer’s workshop led by Starr Carrington focusing on the concept dynamic text, which Starr defines as “written material that de-centers whiteness from educational dialogue.”

The event takes place on Sunday, May 26th at 11AM-1PM at The Apollo (600 H St NE Wash, DC 20002).

Click here to read more about this wonderful workshop and reserve your spot today!

A Week In Review: Speaking on community-led food justice efforts

What an amazing week!

On Monday, at The People’s Survival Program, I had the pleasure to facilitate a critical community discussion on the Black Panther Party, and specifically, the People’s Free Food Program. In addition to analyzing the accomplishments of the People’s Free Food Program, we unpacked the logistics of the program and elements of their ability to serve. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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We discussed the importance of amplifying community-based food systems in the effort to combat food insecurity and rejecting neocolonialism. Additionally, we recognized existing efforts toward Black community-based food systems such as Mandela Grocery, and locally, Glut Food.

On Wednesday, at Food Justice: Dialogue & Difference to present on A Holistic Approach to Food Security to discuss the importance of community-led food justice activism.

In the presentation I spoke to several elements of food access and food security, to actions that amplify community-led food justice advocacy, and to several avenues through which access can be responsibly & effectively shared with individuals, groups or communities experiencing food insecurity.

Huge thank you to GMU’s Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Multicultural Education and Virginia Student Environmental Coalition for inviting me!

Interested in booking BlackFeministVegan for a speaking engagement? Find more information on here!

NEW! Food Justice Course

Hi everyone!

THANK YOU for all the love and support! I’m ecstatic to deliver my first BlackFeministVegan course!!!

COURSE NAME: Intro to Food Justice

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course provides an introductory understanding of food justice that centers vegan and Black feminist liberation values. The goal is to facilitate lasting change in your approach to food justice education, organizing and advocacy.

It is primarily self-paced with the exception of group connections, and includes only suggested due dates. It is a hybrid course— while most material will be offered online, the group connections will be held in-person in DC.

Click here to read more about course materials and course schedule.

Find out more on blackfeministvegan.com/courses

Shop Smarter Not Harder – A Trip to Mom’s Organic Market


Hi, friend! Thanks for watching. I hope this video gave you insight on some of what my smart-saver grocery shopping practices, my favorite snacks and one of my favorite places to buy them! If you liked this video, give it a thumbs up and leave a comment about some other topics you would like me to cover!

Song: The Routine by Lu Alex


Food Justice Tip: Boycott Safeway

Perhaps you’re looking for some immediate action to take that aligns with your growing understanding of food justice.

Let’s start here with why we should be actively boycotting Safeway in solidarity with the #ShameOnSafeway campaign. Safeway upholds property restriction practices that disallow another grocery store to occupy the space of a former Safeway location for an allotted time period.

In Vallejo, this restriction lasted up to 15 years which left the community without an accessible, fully functioning grocery store once the local Safeway relocated.

This practice is a salient contributor to food insecurity in both urban (Washington, DC) and rural communities (Vallejo, CA).

My stance? Access to fresh produce and other healthy foods is not a privilege, it is a human right that all communities deserve. The presence of markets and grocers plays a fundamental role in providing this access. In an effort to exercise their ownership over a space, Safeway prevents vulnerable communities from accessing the resources necessary to live a healthful lifestyle. While store relocation may not affect those with access to reliable transportation, families and individuals that utilize less convenient transportation methods are not considered.

Withhold your support for this practice of injustice by boycotting Safeway and taking subsequent steps to embolden the campaign. Start by signing the petition, and continue by leafletting at your local Safeway or just within your networks.

Our goal? We are demanding that Safeway remove the deed that prevents grocery stores from operating through at a former location.

Find out more information on foodispower.org/safeway

(photo from Food Empowerment Project)