VeganHood TV!

VeganHood TV

Come and see how to live healthy

Best believe you don’t need to be wealthy

Follow me to the knowledge tree

We just fulfilling the prophecy

And eating what nature’s provided me

>Repeat<

Word, son! This is exactly what I’m talking about. I’ve been checking out VeganHood TV on Youtube for the past couple weeks. They are excellent. Black vegan men in Brooklyn. Showcasing the realness and teaching the family. These are the sort of cats I’ve got to collabo with once I move to BK later this year. They should win awards based on their theme song alone, I love it. When I hear those lyrics my fist is up and my head is bopping. It’s so simple and nice and the beat suggests urgency. Live and direct. Call me mad corny but this is what’s up. So I’m highlighting their work here today, supporting more productive black vegans in the family. I see you! Keep repping the cause.

Black vegan straight-edge vigor forever. Black vegans ain’t going nowhere.

Watch it all right here (what they have up so far, a work in progress):

Episode 1

Episode 2 – part 1 of 4

Episode 2 – part 2 of 4

Also, a revolutionary brother named Safari-Black related to this endeavor posting earlier about the Vegan Hip-Hop Movement:

Vegan and hip-hop are two of my main ingredients in terms of how I’d have to be defined. Vegan Hip-Hop movement? I’m ’bout that.

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11 responses to “VeganHood TV!

  1. Thanks so much for sharing this, I’m always happy when I see more people of color making healthy eating choices. When I went vegetarian in 1992, and became vegan shortly afterwards. Initially, my family thought I was strange. They’re aren’t any black vegetarians/vegans; I quickly mentioned a few of the athletes that were. They watched me closely. I’m physically active, and they were shocked that I still kept my physique as a Vegan. Where on earth was I getting my protein? My family saw that I’m flourishing and surviving with my healthy, whole food vegan lifestyle and now I’m there ‘go to person’.

    The years have passed, quite a few of riddled with various ailments. I lost of young cousin (24) to breast cancer. Interestingly enough, one of her doctors told her she had to make a chance in her eating lifestyle. Whole foods, beans, legumes, fresh fruit and vegetables were what the doctor advised. During a family reunion I made all those things, even supplied her with books. We parted went to our homes. She passed away six months later. She was so used to eating a certain way that for her she didn’t make the change. I cannot help but think that since she was young she thought she had all the time in the world. When her doctor told her she most likely had less than two weeks to live, her mom called me in tears ready to try anything, unfortunately, it was too late.

    I had created a vegan website about five years ago, and would point them to that site. I pulled it offline about two years ago, but recently have created another one focused on celebrating life..the vegan way.

    Thanks again for sharing these inspirational videos, I’m going to pass them on to family/friends. 🙂

  2. Uhuru sista! The cipher grows and continues. African people continue to grasp the levers of agency over their own lives and health outcomes and are becoming more and more independent of the medical-industrial complex, the junk-food industrial complex, and the meat industrial complex. The practice of gardening is spreading. The practice of veganism is spreading. Fitness is becoming more widely embraced as our people self-educate on toxic food and mobilize towards actual real foods. Your story is inspiring and instructional. I am motivated by your work and experiences to continue operating as a small mover in the cipher promoting productive groundings that open more eyes to the possibilities of what I see as easy health by life celebration and critical Earth studies.

    Thanks to these Brooklyn brothers and thanks to you and all other healthy African warriors in this ongoing revolution.

    • Re: Gardens,
      It’s a great thing to see. I’m seeing more Urban gardens here in Maryland! It makes me happy. I live in the county and have about an acre of garden here, nothing compares to being able to access fresh produce. The taste is completely different.

      Empowering others is key, I’m motivated by the many inspirational leaders within this movement for better health, and I try to do my part also.

      One of the best experiences I had was serving as a mentor for six fifth grade girls. I was shocked at the disconnect with simple foods. A few didn’t know were things like cheese or certain animal parts came from. I had to remind myself that they don’t see the animal just packages with different names assigned to the animal. I was a child in the 70’s, grew up around a lot of farm animals, saw a few killed, so I was able to identify where the packaged meat came from.

      Through that mentoring program I was able to introduce the girls to healthier options. I provided a snack at each session. Fresh fruit, raw veggie chips, vegan cupcakes were a few foods I would make to show them that you simply don’t need all those processed foods. There were so many things we wanted to do with our girls, such as teaching them to be proud of themselves, their natural hair, the amazing range of skin color we see within our race, etc., We were able to accomplish a lot, but I still wish we could have done more. 🙂

      I’m definitely trying to do my part in helping others reclaim their health. Positive examples like the videos above, are truly an inspiration and make me want to do more 🙂

  3. This is just so exciting- I was just in NYC this weekend, it would have been nice if I had ran into these vegan brothers- I’m glad at least there’s a vegan TV so it’s not so isolating and people can get a sense of community especially if in a surrounding that’s not so accommodating to a vegan lifestyle.
    I’m trying out the raw pizza and also reading some of the books Safari-black recommended (not heard about some of it- and definitely getting The Ancient African Approach to Optimal Health).
    I just wish there was more of a black vegan community in my area- but I’m trekking on :).

    Namaste and thank you for sharing

  4. crunchy & chic

    Thanks for posting these. I subscribed to their channel and look forward to seeing more from them.

    Since I live in a predominantly white area (though we have a large sized immigrant Asian population.), it’s really inspiring and vindicating to see other Black people taking ownership of their health and futures. Like Toyin said, it helps break the feeling of isolation. My only question is: why didn’t I know about this movement before??? The more I learn, the more I realize I knew/know nothing.

  5. @ Sistah Moondancer- I was hoping you would share your website with the rest of us so we can learn and give support to you, but never doubt what kind of impact you made on those girls because most of our formative years are when we are kids; and kids tend to remember those adults that made an impact in their life no matter how small you might think it is and based on what you wrote I don’t think it was a small- keep on doing the good work.

    @ Crunch and Chic- Yes, it could be a little isolating here, but you are right about one thing there is a big Asian population so I frequent their stores for my fresh produce. If I could take a stab at your question- that which doesn’t grow is dead, so it’s only natural that we are supposed to evolve- glad that we are becoming more enlightened on how our choices affects our physical and spiritual health, our community and thus having a boomerang effect on the environment as well.

    Overall, I’m just glad that The Precision Afrikan continuously shares amazing information he thinks about or gets through this medium, thank you, and I’m radiating all the positive energy I can muster right now towards you.

    Namaste

  6. Greeting Toyin,

    I was away for a brief vacation, without elecrical distractionsI It was wonderful.

    Thanks for the kind words. My website can be reached by simply clicking on my name. That website is fairly new, and although I had visions it being different than an old site, well it seems to be going down the same path. The only difference is, I didn’t put Vegan in my url. I had a cooking website that was Vegan but didn’t have it in the title. Interestingly enough that website got more visits by those that weren’t vegan. Although I’ll most likely write about anything, my main focus will be health/nutrition.

    Some people will avoid sites that have Vegan in the title (I have a brother, family, and a few friends like that) since some they think they might not be able to relate.

    @crunchy & chic
    I’m in a similar situation. We do have a large Indian population in the Silver Spring; Maryland I enjoy purchasing my spices from there. I have a garden so grow most of my own vegetables at home. However it’s nice to see fresh options available, even within the inner city.

    My only hope is we’ll see more of these options available especially within the poorer communities, where some neighborhoods (thinking of a few I’ve visited) don’t have a large selection of healthy foods. I’ll definitely do my part.

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  8. As a person with a background in journalism, I find your blog right up my street, “VeganHood TV! | Green Chimurenga” I will keep checking for interesting additions to your blog,
    Thank you 🙂

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