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BLACK VEGANS ROCK

Founder Aph Ko talks about her groundbreaking work
Image from: Eastrand Studios

Writer, theorist and academic Aph Ko is the founder of Black Vegans Rock – a digital project dismantling the stereotype that ‘black people aren’t vegan’, and creating a space to highlight the journeys and thoughts of black vegans, as well as their reasons for going vegan.

According to Aph, in creating blackvegansrock.com, she wanted to build a platform that offered an online community for vegans of colour, especially in response to the amount of racism in the mainstream vegan movement. So far this has been very effective, with a daily celebration of either a black vegan or an event that centres on black vegans, every day. The ultimate aim is to move BVR offline, creating meet-ups where attendees can ‘read different critical articles and books by black and brown revolutionaries and have challenging conversations about animality and race.’

Aph was awarded the 2015 Anti-Racist Changemaker of the Year Award from the Sistah Vegan Project and the Pollination Project, and recently served as an associate producer on the documentary film, Always in Season, which examines the impact of racial terrorism and lynching on communities in the United States, and spotlights contemporary efforts for racial justice and reconciliation.

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Becoming vegan is the best decision I ever made. Once I’d learnt about animal agriculture, it was the only choice. But despite all the benefits of being vegan, it can sometimes feel a little isolating. You may find yourself surrounded by close friends and family – people you admire and love – who sadly don’t share your values. If you’re in this situation, it can be useful to look beyond your social circle, and find vegans who inspire you. For as long as I can remember, along with so many other vegans, I have been inspired by music legend Moby. The photographer, writer, songwriter, and animal activist is a hugely inspiring character, who has done so much for veganism. Sitting down to chat with him was an absolute honour, and I’m happy to share the interview with you in this issue. Unsurprisingly, he had a lot to say – I’m sure you will find his words as fascinating as I did. He’s not the only vegan I have huge admiration for. I am really excited to feature a long profile piece with Aph Ko. As a writer, academic, film producer and founder of Black Vegans Rock, Aph is surely one of the most interesting activists and thinkers on the planet right now. Find out more about her work inside. Vegan Life readers are scattered throughout the UK – and abroad – which is why we visit areas and restaurants all over the country. We have recently visited Edinburgh, Brighton, and Sheffield. This time however, we decided we would take a trip to the nation’s capital, and focus on one specific area. Hackney is home to both a number of established and newcomer eateries. Within this London borough, you can find lots of delicious, innovative, and vegan foods to eat, and you can find out all about them inside.
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