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These powerful voices of women form a mélange of voices that shape the black female vegan experience, addressing social, political, economic, racial, class, and gender issues all against the backdrop of a vegan lifestyle. If you are what you eat, then these women are fibrous, upward reaching leafy greens, rooted firmly in the soil, growing against the grain. --Latham Thomas, founder, Tender Shoots Wellness

About the Author

A. BREEZE HARPER is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Davis, exploring race, postcolonial, and feminist theories and their use as tools within critical food geographies. She began the Sistah Vegan project as an online forum. Harper lives with her husband and son in California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lantern Books (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590561457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590561454
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #270,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A. Breeze Harper, PhD writes about intersections of critical food studies, critical race theory, and black feminisms. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, her Masters from Harvard University, and her PhD from University of California-Davis. As of 2014, she is a Research Fellow at the University of California-Davis, in the department of Human Ecology. She is working on her 3rd book, which focuses on the intersections of ethical consumption, alternative black masculinity, and hip hop philosophy. You can learn more about her at http://www.abreezeharper.com

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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Sahasrara Aten RA on March 12, 2010
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I have been a vegetarian on and off for 15 years and two years ago, I became a vegan. Like a lot of black women, I became interested in vegetarianism for both health and spiritual reasons. I've read books by Queen Afua, Dr. Laila Afrika and others. As I changed my eating habits, I also became aware of the large amounts of chemicals and animal products in my personal care items and I have begun to weed them out and replace them with vegan ones. My goal is to live a life that honors our Great Mother Earth.

With all that said, I never considered the connection between human rights and animal rights until I read Sistah Vegan. The collection of essays are thought provoking and made me question my dedication to liberation for all. I am the person that recycles, doesn't litter and is looking to start an organic garden yet I had no problem going and buying a fly pair of leather shoes. I wouldn't own a pet because it reminded me of some form of slavery but I would wear another creature's hide to be fashionable. The hypocrisy stood out glaringly.

And that's what this book does: It makes you see other points of views in veganism: The sistah who became vegan for health, the one who wants to live in tune with the earth, those who follow Ma'at as their code of ethics and yes, the animal rights lover. It shows our commonalities and our differences. It is my hope that all vegans, vegetarians, political activists, earth lovers and spiritual people read this book so that these voices may be heard.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Maldonado on April 20, 2010
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What an amazing book and read this book was for me. I waited anxiously for my copy to arrive and when it did it just made my day. I have really found a lot of information and support from this book. Reading about the experiences and thoughts of all these women is so crucial since African-American women are a rare face to be seen in the Vegan community. Hopefully, other women will feel inspired to read this book, and really take in its love and wisdom. You are not alone! Others share your concerns!

I also loved that in the end there was contact info for these women. I will definitely reach out to a few of them.

Blessings to A. Breeze Harper and her crucially needed book!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Rogers on April 16, 2010
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I am a new vegan and was super excited to read Sistah Vegan. I love the fact that the anthology offers different perspectives on veganism and the tone is non-judgemental. It definitely provided me with food for thought because I had never pondered animal rights or being a vegan as a political statement. This will be a book that I will read again and again for support along my new dietary lifestyle!

Rev. Jennifer Rogers
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By E. Wiggins on July 30, 2011
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I am a working class white female who went from omnivore to vegan overnight in February of this year. The transition to a vegan diet was very easy for me (I was quite health conscious before and also lactose intolerant and not a huge meat eater) and I have embraced it. Becoming more consciously aware of the materials I use and how it impacts the environment, Earth, laborers from around the world, non human animals, etc has been a little more challenging and it has taken time to replace all my animal derived clothes, shoes, toiletries, cleaning products, supplements, etc with fair trade less harmful materials that do not include the exploitation of animals and humans whevere possible. I am not rich by any means and I do not live in the most diverse community. What has been the most challenging for me however is to become more aware of and begin to question my own beliefs, values, convictions, daily actions and choices and what truly motivates me, as well as the system I live in. Being vegan is so much more than living without the use of animal products. It challenges one on every level of living and being.

In exploring different aspects of veganism (animal welfare, abolitionist approach, sexual politics, health, etc) I came across "Sistah Vegan" and I devoured this book! What a refreshing, eye opening, different perspective! The stories in Sistah Vegan are all unique, told with conviction and honesty and raw experience, not refined academic rhetoric coming from some privileged well respected guru. These are women walking the walk, telling it like it is, struggling against roadblocks so many of us in Western culture take for granted. They refuse to be ashamed of their sexuality, spirituality, culture, bodies, gentleness, reverence for life...
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Miss Blade on April 27, 2010
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As someone "flirting" with the idea of veganism, this book was so refreshing! To here black women from many walks of life sharing their journeys and experiences was so very helpful to me. This book is definitely not a one-time read. It is a reference that you can keep referring back to...especially for those times that friends/family question your new lifestyle. Job well done A. Breeze Harper!!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Anazette Hudson on May 19, 2010
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No other book has really touched me on such a personal level as this anthology of stories from other Black-identified female vegans. I finally feel as if there are others out there whose experience mirrors mine. Some of the writings referenced in the book are on my to-do list for new books to read, especially Queen Afua's book on healing. I like the uniqueness of each contributor; I never felt as if I was reading the same story twice. I'm in the final chapter of the book and am sad that it's coming to a close. I really hope for a second volume to this book for I would definitely love to contribute a personal story.
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