Vegans of Color

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Vegan Hip Hop Movement September 10, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — Dr. A. Breeze Harper @ 4:55 pm

My dear friend Kevin Tillman, founder of the Vegan Hip Hop Movement Website has an amazing new interview on Animal Voices. I think it’s timely, as he mentions the inter-connectedness of oppressions… He also mentions the social injustices around “illegal” immigrants working in USA meat-packing plants.

Here is the synopsis of the show that Animal Voices provides from their page:

Listen in as we connect with Kevin Tillman, founder of the Vegan Hip Hop Movement website and promoter of all things people, animal, and earth-friendly. In this interview, Kevin takes us back to the roots of hip hop, and offers us insight into its message of empowerment that arose within the South Bronx and continues to inspire communities internationally. Indivisible from that resistant history, the world of vegan hip hop raises its voice for humans and nonhumans alike.

Engaging issues related to consumerism, colonialism, racism, animal exploitation, among others, the vegan hip hop movement cultivates a holistic anti-oppression approach that pushes veganism and animal rights to go further, while also urging hip hop to broaden its scope. Tune in to hear some fine tracks from vegan hip hop artists, and tap into a movement that shakes it all up.

http://www.animalvoices.ca/shows/kevin_tillman

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3 Responses to “Vegan Hip Hop Movement”

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  2. Steven Oliver Says:

    Hello:

    I am a Black male educator/poet and I’ve been vegan for a little over a month. Being new to this journey I’ve been trying to read everything I can get my hands on. I’ve been very encouraged by Bryant Terry’s Vegan Soul Kitch and Breeze Harper’s Sistah Vegan and equally happy to have found this blog. I’m an academic who does work around black masculinities and I wonder if anyone is written about plant based diets as it relates to issues that impact men of color i.e. hypertension, diabetes, and prostate issues. Happy to be here please feel free to contact me at anytime if I can be of assistance.

    • Steven,

      Part of my dissertation is looking at hip hop vegan movement and how particular black male vegan activists are redefining intersections of masculinity and food consumption, while being conscious of how normative whiteness, structural racism, and corporate capitalism impact the food choices and philosophies of the hip hop brown and black generation.


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