a. breeze harper

  • What I should be thinking: it's GOTTA be Luke Harper and Eric Rowan so breezango could feud with an actual tag team
  • What I say I'm thinking: Summer!!! Rae!!!!! Remember her history with Dango???
  • What I'm actually thinking: Kevin Owens attacked Breezango because they threw a cream pie at his face at that fourth of July food fight a while back and he's still mad

Some of the book recommendations from the second half of the Sistah Vegan, Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter conference, I thought I’d share (US centric):

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander: In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community – and all of us - -to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

  • Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney López : Rejecting any simple story of malevolent and obvious racism, Haney Lopez links as never before the two central themes that dominate American politics today: the decline of the middle class and the Republican Party’s increasing reliance on white voters…. Dog whistle appeals generate middle-class enthusiasm for political candidates who promise to crack down on crime, curb undocumented immigration, and protect the heartland against Islamic infiltration, but ultimately vote to slash taxes for the rich, give corporations regulatory control over industry and financial markets, and aggressively curtail social services.

  • The Elephants in the Room: An Excavation by Martin Rowe :
    Through the lens of Rowe’s relationships with two Kenyan conservationists—Wangari Maathai and Daphne Sheldrick—this book surveys a number of prejudices that many of us who are fortunate to be born with the privileges attached to our skin color, sex, and access to resources don’t like to deal with: race, misogyny, and the legacy of empire. By examining the two women’s memoirs (Unbowed and Love, Life, and Elephants), both of which were launched following talks at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, these metaphorical elephants in the room are combined with a study of the exploitation of actual elephants on the continent of Africa, and the iterations of memory that are disclosed or hidden in the writing of memoirs and the collecting of bones for museums. 
  • The Oxen at the Intersection: A Collision (or, Bill and Lou Must Die: A Real-Life Murder Mystery from the Green Mountains of Vermont) by pattrice jones: When Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, announced that two oxen called Bill and Lou would be killed and turned into hamburgers despite their years of service as unofficial college and town mascots, pattrice jones and her colleagues at nearby VINE Sanctuary offered an alternative scenario: to allow the elderly bovines to retire to the sanctuary. What transpired after this simple offer was a catastrophe of miscommunication, misdirection, and misinterpretations, as the college dug in its heels, activists piled on, and social media erupted….The Oxen at the Intersection is a brilliant unearthing of the assumptions, preconceptions, and biases that led all concerned with the lives and deaths of these two animals to fail to achieve their ends. How and why the threads of this story unspooled, as jones reveals, raises profound questions—most particularly about how ideas rooted in history, race, gender, region, and speciesism intersect and complicate strategy and activism, and their desired outcomes.

  • Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health, and Society: Black Female Vegans Speak by A. Breeze Harper : Sistah Vegan is a series of narratives, critical essays, poems, and reflections from a diverse community of North American black-identified vegans. Collectively, these activists are de-colonizing their bodies and minds via whole-foods veganism.
  • Circles of Compassion: Connecting Issues of Justice  by Will Tuttle : This book consists of a series of essays by internationally recognized authors and activists, Edited by Dr. Will Tuttle. The essays focus on how the seemingly disparate issues of human, animal, and environmental rights are indeed connected.

  • Species Matters: Humane Advocacy and Cultural Theory by Marianne DeKoven : “Species Matters” considers whether cultural studies should pay more attention to animal advocacy and whether, in turn, animal studies should pay more attention to questions raised by cultural theory.

  • White Logic, White Methods: Racism and Methodology by Tukufu Zuberi and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva : In this collection of essays, the authors examine how racial considerations have affected the way social science is conducted; how issues are framed, and data is analyzed. With an assemblage of leading scholars, White Logic, White Methods explores the possibilities and necessary dethroning of current social research practices, and demands a complete overhaul of current methods, towards multicultural and pluralist approach to what we know, think, and question.

  • The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad : Following the 1890 census, the first to measure the generation of African Americans born after slavery, crime statistics, new migration and immigration trends, and symbolic references to America as the promised land of opportunity were woven into a cautionary tale about the exceptional threat black people posed to modern urban society. Excessive arrest rates and overrepresentation in northern prisons were seen by many whites—liberals and conservatives, northerners and southerners—as indisputable proof of blacks’ inferiority. In the heyday of “separate but equal,” what else but pathology could explain black failure in the “land of opportunity”? …The idea of black criminality was crucial to the making of modern urban America, as were African Americans’ own ideas about race and crime. Chronicling the emergence of deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals by explicit contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants, this fascinating book reveals the influence such ideas have had on urban development and social policies.

wakeupstarshine  asked:

Hey! I've been seeing a lot of posts recently about how vegans are ableist, racist, and classist because indigenous communities need to eat animals in order to stay alive due to their land being taken from them and living in food deserts. And also people who need to animals because of health reasons. I was wondering if you know of any resources that address these issues or provide information about ingenious communities that have plant based diets? Thanks!

“Indigenous communities” is not synonymous with communities that still have a hunter/gatherer-like lifestyle. While there are humans who still hunt for their food living today, it’s just downright ignorant for anyone to imagine indigenous peoples as living a survivalist lifestyle, especially when the term encompasses so many (too many) different cultures to identify them as a homogeneous entity. 

So, for example, people living on reserves still buy their groceries same way you do for the most part (and that land is rarely arable farm land). Saying “indigenous communities need to eat animals” doesn’t address 1. many indigenous people alive today, 2. Native and aboriginal vegans and animal-free aspects of their heritage, or 3. how their existence affects your own and what kind of changes you can make in your own life to support animal rights.

This excerpt from Margaret Robinson may prove useful to you:

When veganism is constructed as white, First Nations people who choose a meatless diet are portrayed as sacrificing cultural authenticity. This presents a challenge for those of us who see our vegan diets as ethically, spiritually and culturally compatible with our indigenous traditions.

A second barrier to Native veganism is its association with class privilege. Opponents claim that a vegan diet is an indulgence since the poor must eat whatever is available, and cannot afford to be so picky. By a similar logic the poor cannot afford to abstain from caviar or truffles.

Class-based arguments assume that highly processed specialty foods or imported fruit and vegetables make up the bulk of a vegan diet. It also overlooks the cost of meat, and assumes that the subsidized meat and dairy industries in North America are representative of the world.

In fact, many of the poorest areas of the globe have a diet that is primarily vegetable-based due precisely to the low cost of vegetable production. […] The current eating model of the majority of the Mi’kmaq (First Nations people of New England and Canada) is already white, and is complicated by poverty.

As a participant in Bonita Lawrence’s study of mixed-blood urban Native identity explained, “People have been habituated to think that poverty is Native—and so your macaroni soup and your poor diet is Native.”

As for Food Deserts, click here. As for Health Reasons, click here and here (includes links from disabled vegans). If you’re having trouble finding where to start reading about the intersectionality of race and animal rights, look up Dr. A. Breeze Harper (founder of the Sistah Vegan Project). If anyone who follows me wants to add more resources, feel free to reblog and share!


lauren Ornelas of Food Empowerment Project and Dr. A. Breeze Harper of Sistah Vegan discuss the intersections of veganism, animal rights and race, and argue powerfully for a racially aware vegan movement.

camilleeyon  asked:

Hi, I'm interested in a healthier happier lifestyle and so I wanted to ask how long you've been vegan and if you had any advice or book/website suggestions. I don't run into a lot of vegans and even fewer black vegans so any advice would be greatly appreciated! 😊

i’ve been vegan for 3 years.

my advice would be that before you eliminate foods, you need to figure out what foods you need to supplement what you take out. eating vegan does not always mean eating healthy. so make health a priority, and then start planning how you eat and live from there

in terms of other black vegans there’s 

Tracy McQuirter, author of “By Any Greens Necessary

A. Breeze Harper, author of “Sistah Vegan“ (which changed my whole life)

Tasha Edwards, youtuber with her channel The Sweetest Vegan

Monique, blogger, and her blog Brown Vegan

Bryant Terry, author of Afro-VEgan and The Inspire Vegan and Vegan Soul Kitchen (awesome awesome recipes)

Blogs like Blacks Going Vegan and Vegans of Color are also great starting points for those interested in becoming vegan

hope that helps my dear

Cody Rhodes granted his release from the WWE, explains why
[May 22nd, 2016]

Yesterday, the news spread like wildfire that Cody Rhodes (also known as Stardust) had asked for his release from the WWE. Today, Rhodes was granted his release, and took to Twitter to explain why he’d asked for it in the first place:

My one & only statement on the matter. No podcasts or tell-all nonsense. Thank you friends.

Setting foot in the dingy ol’ Greensboro Coliseum this past Monday can only be described for me as just a whimsical moment of clarity. At this point, most folks know that I have indeed asked for my release from World Wrestling Entertainment, but it’s paramount in my mind for the fans of pro-wrestling to have some answers and not be left with questions. A many superlative can be used to describe my mentor in wrestling, but one I often forget about… is fearless. And it’s a trait I wish more of had been passed down my way.

So there I was, standing in the very same lover-room Ric Flair had dressed in before changing the wrestling/PPV (closed-circuit at the time) game forever and capturing the NWA Title at Starrcade ‘83, “a Flair for the gold”; it’s sad that after once again being benched off TV that my fate in said spot was instead to be relegated to watching a monitor advertising a returning star and kicking open my tumi gear bag to find an outfit I had long outgrown and a face-paint kit. Both HHH and Vince McMahon have given me many fun and challenging opportunities in my career, and I showed my gratitude by always pushing for the best segment I could create, the most interest I could generate. They gave me a chance to train on the job with some of the most brilliant minds in our generation (gentleman like Arn Anderson and Fit Finlay). I would do this job for free, but that didn’t stop WWE from always compensating me in a generous manner. My goal in pro-wrestling has always been to win the WWE Championship (the one accolade on the game my Father never obtained), and for a decade, I tried to convince both Vince and HHH that I could be their star-player, their varsity quarterback if you will, but it seems we have reached the point where neither saw that in me. I sincerely appreciate HHH’s unflinching respect for my Father and how he has acted as a custodian of history in honoring him since his passing. He did not owe me that same respect he gave Dream, but I thought I could earn it in time.

One of the last discussions we had included him telling met hat “WWE is a play, and everybody has their role and needs to act it their best”. All I can think of to say to that is, “the best actors don’t want the lesser roles. In the past 6-months I had pleaded with WWE Creative and both of my bosses to let me roll-the-dice and once again be Cody Rhodes. I had pitched to every writer on staff like a door-to-door salesman on “how” & “why” & “when”…and believe me, there are many of those who sought to help me (Brian James, Nick, Faz, J Russo, Dave K, JBL & Cole for letting me go wild on their YouTube show and a few others, I’m sure) but for all that, both “head writers” of Raw & SmackDown (one pretending to be Brian Gewirtz and the other too busy hitting on developmental divas) continued to not return my pitches or e-Mails, and in face-to-face encounters tried to big league me by pretending to be on their clearly powered-off laptops…barely willing to listen to an idea I considered beneficial to more than one talent. What’s that expression? Don’t take no for an answer… what do you do when you don’t get an answer at all? So there I was… having done everything I could possibly do for ten years to make the most out of both large opportunities and even the half-cocked ones like “paint-up like your Brother”. Chicken shit in to chicken salad became my specialty; and with those worthy opportunities afforded me… I can only hope I fully executed. I’ve made the walk down the ramp at multiple WrestleManias, and I have had a WrestleMania match cancelled while I stood at the curtain moments before my music hit. I felt like I had a bag of those brass-rings, and when it came time for me to cash them in, I find I can’t do so.

Like I said, Monday was whimsical… because I felt that fearlessness in my blood, even if just for a fleeting moment. I realized that I don’t need to sell myself to these two writers captaining a broken unrecognizable system, matter a fact with the time I had put in and the body of work I presented it should have been the other way around. I realized that blood is thicker than paint, that I know who I am and what I’m capable of… I’m not Dusty Rhodes. I’m Cody Rhodes. I’m a pro-wrestler. I am proud of that. It’s been said never to leave money on the table, but no money is worth being less than you are. Ask my wife, I don’t even read the check breakdowns… this was never about the money, this was always about the moments, and I’ll be damned if my father’s legacy is “Stardust” or a series of sizzle-reels for NXT. It’s not my job to pick up his sword. It’s my privilege. I will miss many of the soldiers in that locker-room, some who I have earned their friendship. Guys like Cesaro, Zack Ryder, Tyler Breeze, KO, Harper, Kofi, Tye, the wasteland and the NC… keep that locker-room clean and keep having a better match than you’re supposed to, I do believe the cream rises and hard work prevails. My work just needs to be elsewhere. I want to thank both fans and critics of mine alike. There is no greater responsibility than having a fan who expects a level of entertainment from you, and there’s nothing more motivating than those who buy a ticket yet find something lacking (considering the first few CAW years of my career, I always took the criticism as more of a request and I made what adjustments I could for the overall product). Again, from the BOTTOM OF MY HEART… thank you. Almost one year ago, the biggest light in my sky was ripped away from me when I lost my Father. It’s time for me to try and seek that illumination… that glow that’s still out there. This is not a goodbye. There’s a whole world of film and television and the stage that I might find I have a knack for (maybe I even already got an offer). As far as the future is concerned though, I’m a wrestler. So that’s what I’ll do… wrestle.

Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health, and Society: Black Female Vegans Speak by A. Breeze Harper

Sistah Vegan is a series of narratives, critical essays, poems, and reflections from a diverse community of North American Black-identified vegans. Collectively, these activists are de-colonizing their bodies and minds via whole-foods veganism. By kicking junk-food habits, the more than thirty contributors all show the way toward longer, stronger, and healthier lives. Suffering from type-2 diabetes, hypertension, high blood pressure, and overweight need not be the way women of color are doomed to be victimized and live out their mature lives. There are healthy alternatives. Sistah Vegan is not about preaching veganism or vegan fundamentalism. Rather, the book is about how a group of Black-identified female vegans perceive nutrition, food, ecological sustainability, health and healing, animal rights, parenting, social justice, spirituality, hair care, race, gender-identification, womanism, and liberation that all go against the (refined and bleached) grain of our dysfunctional society. Thought-provoking for the identification and dismantling of environmental racism, ecological devastation, and other social injustices, Sistah Vegan is an in-your-face handbook for our time. It calls upon all of us to make radical changes for the betterment of ourselves, our planet, and by extension everyone.


Food Thoughts, Minh Nguyen
Food Thoughts is a critique of the absence of race and class analyses in mainstream food-related movements, such as those calling for organic or animal-free consumption. The critiques are heavily supported by the scholarship of Dr. Breeze Harper. Many examples are specific to Seattle, WA, the author’s hometown.