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A month late for Black History Month in February. But wanted to make sure to talk about an important subject. Many black people are realizing the connection of animal rights, the environment and for their health, and as far as health; blacks tend to have higher than most of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease because of their high fat diets.

I wanted to highlight Omowale Adewale, and Tabitha, there are so many famous black vegans like Coretta Scott King and her son, Dexter Scott King are just some of the many famous black vegans. One of the most famous stars is Tabitha Brown who made the cover of Vogue and made it as a real star just from being an uber driver, and showing her Whole Foods Famous BLT they named after her, it catapulted her into fame and fortune. She now has her own line of spices, a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles called “Kale My Name”, clothing, and is in constant print. It’s her vibrance for life, she exudes happiness no matter what the circumstances. Her famous quote, “Have a good day, but if you can’t; Don’t you dare go messing up anybody else’s!” haha I love that. If people put her down or said something about an ingredient, she would comeback with “I’m doing it, because it’s my business.” In other words if you don’t like it, too bad. She’s now an icon in the Vegan world with over 4M Instagram followers, 2,797,753 followers on FB, and TikTok a mere 4.9M followers. Positivity will get you far!

Omowale made the connection for promoting animal rights and justice for all. “Omowale Adewale is a champion boxer and mixed martial artist, former Jeet Kune Do fighter, former top teen NABBA bodybuilder and 2-time collegiate gold medalist. He is a USA Boxing certified coach and trainer with CPR and AED certification. A dedicated vegan, he offers plant-based nutritional information to his clients and is the author of “An Introduction to Veganism and Agricultural Globalism.” A great article in BBC “Why Black Americans are more likely to be vegan,” featuring Omowale —- “for many black vegans, their journey begins with a quest for a healthier lifestyle. African Americans have a higher rate of hypertension, type 2 diabetes, obesity and cancer than most other groups, in part because their diet is on average higher in salt and fat and lower in fruits and vegetables, research shows. But socioeconomic factors like poverty, living far from a greengrocer and easy access to fast food have made it harder for African Americans to eat healthily, according to the Food Empowerment Project, a non-profit aimed at ending food inequality. “After battling high-blood pressure as a young man, Mr. Adewale was introduced to vegetarianism by his brother, and then later adopted a vegan diet after being introduced to it by members of the Rastafari religion, which emerged in Jamaica in the 1930s. A central tenet of Rastafarianism is eating “ital” foods – foods that are organic, locally grown and plant-based. Rasta-owned vegan and vegetarian restaurants can be found in cities around the world with a large Caribbean diaspora.” Source and an excellent article to read: black Americans are more likely to be vegan

HIGHLIGHT BADASS VEGAN; John Lewis’s film; “They’re Trying To Kill Us”
A documentary exposing Factory Farms, Food Deserts and Fast Foods in Black Communities, with Wu-Tang Clan, Ne-Yo and many famous vegans.

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