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Other Brown Vegans You Should Check Out

I started this blog back in 2011 because I didn't feel like there were a lot of vegans of color online...especially sharing from the family perspective. 

These days (mostly because of social media) I see so many black vegans doing their thing to make vegan life relatable to folks who look like us.

Striving with Systems recently posted 100 Black Vegans to Check Out to highlight many of us outchea!

Check out this amazing full list here 

With only about 2% of Americans identifying as vegan, being a black vegan can seem like such a drop in the bucket. We're probably only about .005 of that 2%. lol 

This is why I try so hard to be one of the faces of this amazing movement.

Breeze Harper was the person who motivated me to start this journey after reading her book, Sistah Vegan. It was the first time that I saw veganism from the perspective of black women in America (this book is an incredible collection of vegan stories).

I'm writing this post to not only share this amazing list, but I also want to encourage you to get out there and be a face of this movement.

Even if you haven't made the full transition to vegan life, your experiences are still so important. 

Share and connect! We need you!

How will you start sharing your vegan (or even vegetarian) experiences?


A blog?

Maybe a podcast sharing some of your own vegan tips?

Let me know by leaving a comment


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Other Brown Vegan: Samuel L. Jackson

Here's a clip of Jackson telling Letterman about his plant-based diet....

He talks about eating oatmeal for breakfast with mango & banana and how much he misses "meat" lol

I'm sure a lot of people can relate but he'll be just fine. :-)

I holler every. single. time. I see this meme.....


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Brown Vegan Love: Kimberly Elise

Sometimes I feel like I don't "know" enough Black vegans.

Last I checked, only 2% of Americans identify as vegan, so just imagine how small our numbers are overall....

I was so excited to see actress Kimberly Elise featured in the latest PETA ad campaign. She's been on a vegan journey for 5 years after being a vegetarian for 10 years.

After learning about the harsh realities of animal suffering, Elise decided a vegan lifestyle is best for her life. 

In this video she talks about her transition and the perks....

She said the most ridiculous thing she's been asked on this journey is, "Black people are vegan?" Gurrl, I can relate!

Her fave vegan perks: Food taste better because your palate is cleansed since you're not eating meat, great energy and more youthful appearance.


P.S. Is it me or did PETA do a terrible job of make-up/editing my boo's face in that pic? I almost didn't recognize her.

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Other Brown Vegan: Gail Roddy

With only 2% of Americans identifying as vegan, it's no wonder most people don't feel this lifestyle relates to them. I use Other Brown Vegan to showcase famous and every day vegans who love this lifestyle.

Listen to the podcast episode I did with Gail here

This week, Gail Roddy is sharing her story....

*How long have you been a vegan?  

I’ve eaten 100% vegan since August 20, 2013—almost four months. While I haven’t eaten animal or fish flesh or eggs in over 30 years, off/on I’ve eaten dairy products (butter, cheese).  So I admit that I’ve struggled for 30 years to remain vegan. The longest I’ve remained diary-free at one time has been 3 years.

*What made you decide to embrace a plant-based diet?

Thirty-five years ago I was in my twenties and thought I was healthy. I weighed 125 lbs, had lush hair down to my waist. I looked GOOD. I ate the Standard American Diet. Intuitively, I knew something was very wrong that I had cramping in my stomach as my food was trying to digest.  Someone told me that indicated I might have trouble digesting meat. Made common sense to me. I stopped eating meat that day and the poor digestion and cramping ceased in less than a week! I’ve never returned to eating flesh-foods. A few years later, through iridology I discovered meat eating had me on my way to colon cancer—probably by the time I was 35.



*What was the hardest food (meat, dairy, eggs, etc) to move away from?  

Meat, fish, and eggs were very easy to move away from. Butter and cheese have been my nemesis!

*Any advice for new vegans?

Oh, be gentle with yourself. No doubt you will backslide. I’d beat myself mercilessly when I did. It took me many years but I finally realized beating me up was a waste of energy. So I stopped being self-critical and returned to being self-loving/accepting. Less than optimal food, eaten with love and self-compassion, digests more efficiently than optimal food eaten under the fear and duress of perfectionism. Believe that.

*What are some of your favorite books/websites on veganism?  

Books: The Blending Book Ann Wigmore & Lee Pattinson, Artisan Vegan Cheese by Miyoko Schinner, Living Cuisine by Renee Loux Underkoffler





And of course:

I especially love your website tag, “A down-to-earth approach.” I think that is sooo necessary. I can easily get bogged down in feeling a failure when I don’t execute any task “properly.” I’ve been that way my entire life and I extended that pattern to veganism. “Down to earth” is clear when you say you still eat flour and sugar and you are simply striving in the present moment to eat them as healthfully as you can. That must be such a relief for your peeps!!! It is a relief for me.

*Please share a recipe you enjoy.

Sunflower Seed Pate

1-cup raw sunflower seeds (soaked 6-8 hours)

1 medium-sized (or 2 small) jalapeno pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

3-4 T lime or lemon juice

¼ cup olive oil

½ tsp sea salt

1 green onion

1 small sweet red pepper, chopped

A pinch of cayenne pepper powder (optional)

Drain sunflower seeds. Put all ingredients into blender or food processor. (The food processor works best.) Blend for about 10 seconds. Stop and push ingredients toward blades. Check consistency. Add a couple of teaspoons of water if you desire a thinner consistency. Repeat until blades have fully blended the mixture to smooth.

This pate is delicious with crackers or raw veggies. Will keep in refrigerator for 5- days. Your household will quickly gobble this pate way before the 5 days are up. Better double the recipe!

 *How can we reach you?

I’m on Facebook as Gail Roddy. At my website, I blog about healthy eating for healthy mind and body, healthy marriages, and healthy sisterhood. When I sleep at night I dream dreams about living as a conscious, evolving, but-makes-plenty-of-mistakes woman. Blogging about this inspirational dreaming, so it’s shared with other women is why I’m called: The SisterWhisperer.

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