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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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Shoutout to Great Black Vegans of Our Time

At this time, I would like to show respect and love to just some of my favorite and most inspiring contemporary vegans of the African world. Beginning with the sistas:

Tracye McQuirter

This is the genius and beauty who has just dropped the instant classic By Any Greens Necessary: A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight, and Look Phat. The title alone is iconic and historically legit and literate to the urgency with which Africans must change their diets if we wish to actually enjoy our existence on Earth and thrive at being productive and exemplary human beings in the process. In 2010 and beyond, more Africans are awakening to the nutritional and culinary excellence of abstaining from animal products and eating herbivorously and frugivorously. The great Tracye McQuirter speaks the language of the longevity and beauty that veganism furnishes and enables for African people. I recommend her book to brothas and sistas alike.

Koya Webb

This is a raw vegan sista whose career as personal trainer, writer, lifestyle coach, fitness model, and beyond is inspiring a generation of sistas and brothas to consider how physically liberating and empowering the raw vegan lifestyle can be in combination with vigorous, righteously sweaty exercise from day to day. This is physical culture + raw veganism in action. She embodies the fulfillment of what, in an ideal world, should be easy: radiant health and genius thinking (in a beautiful black body and soul!).

Note: For me personally, the likes of Koya Webb and Tracye McQuirter to me are in the chamber of angels – dark-skinned black vegan intellectual creative critical-thinking physically-fit warrior-goddesses who never let up, waking people up all day. When I look for a wife/life partner one day, they’re the prototype, most definitely. The sista below also belongs in this same chamber:

Breeze Harper

Genius!! Her awesome book Sistah Vegan is now just out. She analyzes the intersections of race, class, gender, ideology and forms of oppression and exclusion as pertains to women of color who live veganly, and she allows black vegan women to speak for themselves. This is the critical thought lens we desperately need as we interrogate and improve our lives as vegans of color in a world whose institutions of power and economic influence still trend towards the capitalist, the meat-centric, the exploitation-oriented, the consumption and waste-based, the arrogance of the white male and female. I plan to write a comedic/ satirical novella called Brotha Vegan in the coming months, just to stir up the pot even more; for that I owe inspiration to this gorgeous and wise sister and mother.

Now for some brothas:

Jericho Sunfire

This gentleman is an everyman bodhisattva. I remember him back when he was Richard Blackman, the fruitarian one, and he was a massive inspiration for my own movement from veganism towards raw and then low fat raw/ fruitarianism, years ago. He is a most impressive teacher, fitness trainer, athlete, scholar, spirit-genius. Jericho Sunfire might be the ultimate soul brotha one hundred. This is a man worth listening to, even if you have doubts about breatharianism and such. He has walked this walk and he is doing his thing for real. He is a leader in this black vegan, black health, Afrikan revival and revolution, Afrikans in true harmony with the planet and one another, renaissance. There are very few people in this planet I would call genius, let alone bodhisattva. This guy is dead serious, as are all the other geniuses on this page.

Storm Talifero

This is a true family brother and a man who, with his wife Jinjee, brings great raw vegans together to spread human evolution as the revolution towards fitness and clean, maximally nutritious eating. This genius has raised / is raising six children who are all themselves demonstrating genius-level capacities as young vegans. To me, he is so revolutionary in the grandness of his home, his home-schooling successes, his vigorous lifestyle, the excellence he expects and receives from his children, and his radically pro-Earth and pro-human ideologies and practices. Pro-Earth: planting fruits and vegetables sustainably, planning and building sustainable homes, promoting renewable energy, minimizing negative environmental impacts and consumption and waste. Pro-Human: practicing harmony, peace and celebration within the household and beyond, sharing and teaching the art of maximal living in harmony with our rare and singularly beautiful planet. This is what I’m talking about! I wanna do it just like him when I start a family – open-minded, creative, tolerant, harmonious, loving, raw vegan, growing food, teaching the offspring everything I know so they surpass me and outdo me in their time and protect the planet, humanity and non-humans; building things together, giving birth to an army and generation of geniuses who will invent things and ideas that even young people like me in our era can’t even imagine. Hats off to Storm Talifero and his wife Jinjee for their incredible example of what is possible in a raw vegan family.

All these cats above? Pure Generals of this movement. They are so human! Writing, teaching, doing the right things. This is what it’s about. I only wish to be as serious, productive and sharing as these African vegans. Check them out and learn from them. More later.

I am an African Vegan.

Pep words for Afrikan vegans: You can come out. Be visible. Show your healthy glistening black self and stand up proud. You are an African. Your skin is some awesome shade of anything sienna to super dark-chocolate. Your hair is tightly curled, strong, black as the universe. You own it like a million dollars. We are Africans. We come from the most beautiful land on this beautiful planet. We have a deep and profound responsibility to the people, sentient beings and land of our continent and planet, but we walk harder because we know we will save the world, full and proud in our blackness.

And we are vegans. We are vegans. We are the black vegans. Okra and spinach stews all day for me. All y’all West African vegans make that egusi soup tight and chop with the best fufu. You know how hype that meatless joloff rice is. I used to roll gari all day in Ghana. Brown rice and groundnut stew. Ethiopians be rocking that njera with black bean stews and all. Then raw vegan fruitarian types like me eat warrior-class mangos in the middle of New Jersey on a warm sunny day and instantly recall a hundred  days in Ghana and Nigeria three years ago. Have to get back to Afrika ASAP and eat all the colorful tree-grown orbs and pearls that make us superhuman.

Eleven years strong as an Afrikan vegan. I’m only 26 so I’m just off the starting line. I maintain beginner’s mind – Zen mind, beginner’s mind. In the beginner’s mind anything is possible, including the will to practice the healthy and happy life nonstop. Struggle does not need to negate happiness. We are Afrikans, we WILL struggle. Yet young Afrikan vegans know how good they feel. Thus they should feel so proud and powerful. Young, gifted, black, vegan!

I’m a Nigerian vegan. We exist. We can come out. All that pastureland chewed off by browsers, we could feed so many more Africans with what we could grow on it than what is fed by the brutally slaughtered animals. Spare their lives. Make Africa the garden that can feed ourselves and the world. Not by giving Nigerian land to white Zimbabwean farmers and displacing black folk all over again. Not by bulldozing the rainforests, nor flooding the Delta with blood and oil.

Maybe African vegans are too sophisticated, too futuristic, too iconoclastic for this world right now. But we are coming out. We exist. We are dedicated. We know about racism and speciesism and sexism and patriarchy and neocolonialism. We know how awesome eating stacks of fresh veggies and fruits makes us look and feel, preventing disease, preventing the African dictator-/ corrupt official-gut. Africans not addicted to meat, nor to rage and anger. Africans loving their own selves, their land, their bodies, their families, the collective Afrikan.

Our body is the temple. Can’t fill it with junk. If we do that we won’t feel like Africans anymore, we won’t have the vigor to do that mandyani, that sabar dancing, that iron sculpting, that inventing. African vegans know this.

African vegans are here. From Dakar to Maputo, Africans are becoming vegan. From Lagos to Lusaka, fresh fruits and vegetables are being taken very seriously. In the lands between Abidjan and Addis, Africans are staying away from the meat. In Kinshasa and Kumasi, black people are getting down with some veganism. I’ve seen it. I’m one of them.

What is awesome?

To be Afrikan, to be Vegan, and proud.

We are not from the future. We are here.

Raw Veganism and Kung Fu

I think raw veganism is probably the best lifestyle for athletes. Check out a black fruitarian fitness trainer here, or here (these sites belong to Richard Blackman and his fruitarian fitness program) for further evidence. In my own experience in being a dedicated student of Kung Fu (Wu Shu) and a raw vegan, my endurance, flexibility, muscle strength, reaction speed, mental clarity, retention, and everything else important to excellence in martial arts, seem at their pinnacle according to the level of study I’m at. The martial artist must be flexible, must be quick on the feet. She must also be compassionate, humble, and straightforward. The artistry of Kung Fu is best expressed, it seems, in those who have moved away from the greed and anger associated with meat. It is also best delivered by those whose bodies are as clean, self-disciplined, and balanced as possible.

I imagine that great martial artists, great Kung Fu generals, also had excellent diets, and maybe some were even some sort of raw vegan, given the vegetarian Buddhist dietary principles followed by authentic monk soldiers. I’m down with that stuff. Living in self-discipline, being clean and healthy, training hard, stretching long, being super attentive, and in a spirit of brotherhood with one’s peers, and diligent humility before one’s teacher. And Kung Fu expresses a deep appreciation for the natural world and the ways and movements of animals, of insects, of birds, even of seasons. I always imagine practicing Kung Fu in great quiet alpine mountains, where it is said in the legends of Zen Buddhism that enlightened monks lived off nothing but berries and got around leaping over cliffs, living over 200 years. For now I live in Gotham City and ain’t going anywhere anytime soon. But the true Zen Masters always stressed that one should be in as complete a state of mindfulness and Zazen in a crowded and noisy market as they would be in the monestary or on a mountain. And it seems to me that one who imitates nature would be most successful to the degree that he leaves it ecologically unharmed as a compassionately meat-free, sustainably raw vegan.

I’ve been a vegan for nearly nine years, and have always been quite healthy. I’ve been a Kungfuista for over seven months and a raw vegan for the past three months, and have never felt healthier. I’m only 24, but I wish other young people could be living close to this experience. In Amerikkka these days, it’s even the young people now that are getting “old people’s” diseases and living sedentary, unhealthy, un-energetic, junk-food lives. I want to get into fasting in the near future to reach an even more serious level of purification, clarity, and energy. In the next few years, I definitely want to begin studying Capoeira as well (I’m too busy with other studies to commit to it right now). Especially as an Afrikan, I really want to master a discipline of my ancestors. And Capoeira acrobatics, and its aesthetics that I appreciate as a lover of dance, should complement the boxing and dancing of Kung Fu beautifully, enabling me to get into some mixed martial arts. Combining Capoeira, Kung Fu, raw veganism, and seasonal fasting should be extremely awesome. And I intend to be living in Kung Fu, raw veganism, and soon, Capoeira, for the rest of my life – raw veganism forever!

Self-discipline incessantly!

Martial arts never die!

I sit in the sun even during winter here in New York. I stay melanated at all times and get my vitamin D, my fresh air, my blameless long walks.

Greens to the Mouth

From my original blog: “Yes I Eat Like a Silverback Gorilla!”

I think raw foodism is correct. This may seem a departure from my usual discussion of Afrikan revolution, but it is not really. The health of the Afrikan – the optimal, primal, longevity-promoting, warrior-class health – is one of my priorities as a revolutionary. I promote martial arts to the Afrikan, for even when it is declared that martial arts is unimportant in modern warfare, I argue that hand-to-hand combat is the foundation of all other aspects of war. It is also an excellent means of preserving the health, balance, harmony, and discipline of the body and mind. For much the same reason I think the Afrikan needs to move away from meat, dairy, starches, and even cooked foods altogether. This is a radical notion for many Afrikans to hear, but there is much reasoning to this. We in the human species should eat living foods rich in vitamin and mineral content, not dead food which in its nutrient-deficient state serves mainly only as filler. We should thus observe the eating habits of our nearest relatives such as the chimpanzee or the mountain gorilla.

I have been a vegan for over eight years, having started at a very young age, and it has been a great experience thus far. But in the last two months I have been experimenting with and transitioning to what is known as a raw-food or living-food diet, of nothing but raw fruits and vegetables. I have also been using raw nuts modestly and having a little flax seed oil, and most recently hemp seed oil, every day. And I have been using some vegetarian vitamin and mineral supplements from the past but I increasingly think they aren’t so necessary in this dietary mode, at least that’s what my body seems to be hinting at me. And in this mode, with the living enzymes of raw fruits and living greens, there is a very marked difference in how I feel in the deepest ways, compared to my physiological state under cooked-food veganism, not that before this all I ate was cooked foods. But now the appetite is more self-regulated and moderate, since my body is acquiring all the nutrition it needs and is no longer hungry so much. I can eat a bunch of fruits in the morning and a large salad of lots of greens and some more fruits in the early evening, with a handful of nuts sprinkled throughout the day, and I am good to go, feeling light, fully alive, fully aware, completely awake, and ready for war.

The cooking of food naturally kills the food, just like fire will kill skin cells and eventually kill a person. And we are the only species on Earth that cooks anything! Eating dead things including dead meat is not natural to our physiology, which with our long intestines, alkaline saliva, dull teeth, flattened nails, and so on, suggest a vegetarian persuasion similar to the other primates. The discovery of fire with which to apply to food is argued to have occurred relatively recently in human history (last 10-20 thousand years). Thus before the imposition of that custom over our dietary lives, human history was possibly predominated by raw-foodism, with the eating of various herbs, fruits, seeds, nuts, stems, roots, and leaves that were encountered by pre-modern people. And these foods, being alive and thus containing the energy and magnetism associated with living things, gave us thorough nourishment wherein we didn’t feel much need to overeat, nor did they leave us with weak immune systems.

The psychological effect of raw-foodism is significant. The mere elimination of meat can bring about serious changes in consciousness wherein one being removed from the immense suffering of animal slaughter has a clearer mind and often can exhibit more compassion not only towards animals, but towards fellow humans. It is often remarked that the mark of how a society treats its people is found in how it treats its animals. So a more purposefully and consciously vegetarian society can potentially be a much more humane society.

Beyond this, with the living cells and enzymes present in living uncooked greens and fruits, exclusive of any cooked food to weigh one down, one feels much more fully alive, which makes perfect sense given the consumption of non-dead things. I have heard that the level of electro-magnetism in the bodies of raw-foodists is measurably much higher than that of people eating cooked food. The creativity levels, stamina, clarity, and so on that I have been experiencing since moving more squarely into a raw-foodist practice force me to conclude that living food is what the human body truly wants.

It seems like a no-brainer though. Soft drinks? Sweets? Chemical food colorings, drugs, sweeteners, etc? Processed foods? Empty starchy grains? Bread? Meat or dairy of any kind, or the milk of non-humans (which is strictly meant for infantile non-humans)? Food cooked to the point of killing it and the enzymes which are supposed to work in our bodies to provide complete oxygen and nutrition to our cells? All these things to me seem deviations from the human blue-print, even though most humans are living like this. Having lived in Afrika, I notice that so much of the diet there is empty-calorie filler starches, whether in the form of fufu, corn, etc. We Afrikans have the shortest lifespans and the highest susceptibility to many diseases, so we should be able to be open-minded enough to review our dietary practices even though they may be centuries old. Whether on the continent or in the diaspora, we should experiment with more living foods. A lot of leafy greens are added to stews in Nigeria, but perhaps they should be eaten raw. Increasingly, that’s how I’ve been doing it lately, and I feel all the stronger, more alive, and more kingly for it. Yes I eat a lot like a silverback gorilla. But that’s our cousin, living high in the Rwenzoris, in the mountains of Eastern Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda, laughing at us from his perch while we slaughter each other and die unnecessarily of malnutrition. Maybe we can learn something from him. There is a great case to be made, after all, that humans are not the most evolved species, and we should humble ourselves to study from and respect the lives of other species. This is even a principle of Kung Fu, my current martial arts practice.

Towards Afrikans moving away from empty starchy cooked food, greasy soul-food, and other unhealthy practices, and into raw and live veganism!