July 13, 2010 Leave a comment
Our dialogue about food and mindful consumption continues…
My research on veganism, specifically the ways in which black women practice veganism, led me to the work of A. Breeze Harper, a doctoral student at UC Davis, founder of The Sistah Vegan Project, contributor and editor of the anthology Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society. A collection of poetry and prose, Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society contains the narrative voices of twenty-six black-identified female vegans who offer their individual stories as necessary contributions to the collective ”black female vegan experience.” Each woman uses her voice to help shape and expand the meaning of what it means to be black, female, and vegan in this society.
Excited about reading a work by black women that was created to inform, challenge and highlight the issues of black-identified vegan women, I skipped Amazon(dot com) and rushed to Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC to pick up my copy of the book. As soon as I read the first essay, “Thinking and Eating at the Same Time” (Michelle R. Loyd-Paige), I knew that (1) Breeze Harper was on to something with this anthology and her Sistah Vegan Project work, (2) I wanted to help her timely and relevant work gain exposure, (3) I wanted to talk with Breeze about her social justice work and her experiences as a black-identified vegan, and (4) I wanted to interview Breeze for “Shifting the Vantage Point.” Since my first reading of “Sistah Vegan,” I have had a few online opportunities to discuss The Sistah Vegan Project with Breeze Harper, and as an extension of that conversation, Breeze agreed to answer some pre-selected interview questions via video; you can view the interview at the bottom of the post.
Although this is not (necessarily) a book review, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in plant-based diets, compassionate consumption, the relationship between food and sex, ecowomanism (a term from the book), and/or social justice issues. I (and you will) look forward to more work from Breeze Harper.
Thanks, again, for reading.