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Brotha Vegan: Black Men Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society

Brotha Vegan: Black Men Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society

Brotha Vegan: Black Men Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society

Brotha Vegan: Black Men Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society


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Black vegan men discuss masculinity, sexuality, race, diet, health, fatherhood, social justice, animal rights, and the environment in this companion volume to Sistah Vegan.

In 2010, Lantern published Sistah Vegan, a landmark anthology edited by A. Breeze Harper that highlighted for the first time the diversity of vegan women of color’s response to gender, class, body image, feminism, spirituality, the environment, diet, and nonhuman animals. Now, a decade later, its companion volume, Brotha Vegan, unpacks the lived experience of black men on veganism, fatherhood, politics, sexuality, gender, health, popular culture, spirituality, food, animal advocacy, the environment, and the many ways that veganism is lived and expressed within the Black community in the United States.
Edited by Omowale Adewale—founder of Black Vegfest, and one of the leading voices for racial and economic justice, animal rights, and black solidarity—Brotha Vegan includes interviews with and articles by folks such as Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Doc (of Hip Hop is Green), chef Bryant Terry, physicians Anteneh Roba and Milton Mills, DJ Cavem, Stic of Dead Prez, Kimatni Rawlins, and many others. At once inspiring, challenging, and illuminating, Brotha Vegan illustrates the many ways it is possible to be vegan and reveals the leading edge of a “veganized” consciousness for social renewal.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590565988
Publisher: Lantern Publishing & Media
Publication date: 02/23/2021
Pages: 230
Sales rank: 627,438
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Omowale Adewale is an activist and organizer, and the founder of Black VegFest, a network of African American festivals celebrating veganism, wellness, social justice, and resilience throughout the United States. A former athlete in bodybuilding and track and field, he is certified both in plant-based nutrition and as a USA boxing coach. He lives in Brooklyn, NY (

A. Breeze Harper has a PhD in Critical Food Geographies, is the founder of the Sistah Vegan Project, and the editor of Sistah Vegan: Black Women Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society. She lives in the Bay Area of California (

Table of Contents

Appreciations ix

Preface A. Breeze Harper xi

Introduction Omowale Adewale xv

1 A Black Lesbian Saved My Life Donald Peebles 1

2 Brotherhood An Interview with Bryant Terry 6

3 Reprogramming the System Kimatni D. Rawlins 10

4 "No Grave But The Sea" A Poem by Jae Yahkèl Estes, XVX 20

5 Preserving the Future An Interview, with Brandon Morton 22

6 Living in the Wound and Attempting to Heal Omowale Adewale 31

7 The Itch Beneath the Skin An Interview with Kezekial McWhinney-StLouis 45

8 "Grab Them" and "Cultural Co-Opting" Poems by Donald Vincent 55

9 Culinary Climate Action A Conversation Between A. Breeze Harper, Ph.D. and letef "DJ Cavern" Vita, Ph.D. 58

10 From to a Holistic Man Khnum "Stic" Ibomu of dead prez 69

11 The Heart Has Its Reasons Anteneh Roba, M.D 78

12 There Is 8eauty in the Darkness An Interview with Stewart Devon Mitchell 80

13 "I'm Free." A Poem by Male 91

14 A Sacred Obligation Milton Mills, M.D 92

15 PlantHero An Interview with Charles McCoy 109

10 The Best That I Can Be Ra-Leek Born 118

17 The Bridge An Interview with Fred "Doc" Beasley II of Hip Hop Is Green 122

18 A Journey to Connectedness Anthony Carr 133

19 Living Life in Freedom Every Day Torre Washington 136

20 In Service of Our Own People Baba Brother-D B. Aammaa Nubyahn 141

21 My Plant-Based Journey Richard W. Rogers Jr. 149

22 Feeding Mind, Body, and Spirit Eric Adams 161

23 The Revolution Inside An Interview with Mutulu Olugbala a.k.a. M-l of dead prez 170

24 Hidden Gems Scott "Burnhard" Bernard 177

25 Knowing Our Forefathers Lord Connon 185

26 Know Better, Do Better (Clichéd, Yet So True) Michael Barber 191

27 Why Black Men Should Go Vegan Kevin Jenkins 195

Biographies 201

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