Hip-hop artists spread word on vegetarian, vegan diets in black community

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  1. Pharaoh Jahil

    Pharaoh Jahil Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Hip-hop artists spread word on vegetarian, vegan diets in black community

    By Leslie Fulbright
    KRT News Service

    Published July 2 2004


    SEATTLE -- There are some hip-hop artists who don't drink Tanqueray and Alize and want no part of the late-night trips to the BK.

    Take the socially conscious rap duo Dead Prez, whose song "Be Healthy" includes the lyrics: "I don't eat meat, no dairy, no sweets - only ripe vegetables, fresh fruit and whole wheat."

    In recent years, hip-hop artists have started publicly denouncing the unhealthy diets some of their counterparts have long embraced. They are pushing the benefits of holistic health in the black community, where high blood pressure and cholesterol are common problems.

    Singer Erykah Badu, an active promoter of the vegan lifestyle, has been known to stop by Seattle's Hillside Quickies Vegan Sandwich Shop, where the Howell family serves up Tempehstrami Subs and Macaroni and Yease to the tune of hip-hop, dance hall and reggae.

    "We get a lot of artists that come through here," said Ayinde Howell, a 25-year-old vegan and local rapper/poet, "the ones who take care of their bodies."

    The low-key vegan/soul-food cafe has hosted the likes of The Roots, Saul Williams, Black Anger, Blackalicious and the Lifesavas. Howell opened the business five years ago, inspired by his mother, who has prepared wholesale vegan foods for years. Howell began working for his mother as a teenager, delivering vegan products to stores.

    Sister Afi, 29, came to help a couple years ago at Quickies, where she now handles all of the vegan desserts, including cookies, cakes, pies, bars and vegan soy cream.

    "There has always been cooking going on in our family," Ayinde Howell said, "so we may as well make money."

    Seattle has strong vegan and hip-hop communities, and Howell is part of both. They don't often intersect.

    "Hip-hop is largely black people and black people are not largely vegans," Howell said. "With hip-hop, there is a little bit of machismo, so 'Save the Animals' is not the most popular slogan.

    "But now that the big artists are coming out, they are having some influence."

    At the forefront is rap mogul and entrepreneur Russell Simmons, a strict vegan who is active in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Simmons has, among other things, signed on to PETA's anti-fur ad in Women's Wear Daily, recorded a radio public service announcement promoting vegetarianism and participated in the PETA Celebrity Cookbook.

    The late Notorious B.I.G., who famously indulged in "T-bone steak, cheese, eggs and Welch's grape" in his classic single, "Big Poppa" - and evidenced by his hefty frame - is probably rolling in his grave.

    But the benefits of going veggie are taking root. A recently released DVD, "Holistic Wellness for the Hip-Hop Generation," speaks to young people about diet and health. Created by filmmaker Supa Nova Slom, the 110-minute documentary features appearances by artists Badu, rapper Common and Stic.man from Dead Prez.

    To read the rest of the article, go here...

    http://new.blackvoices.com/entertai...732912.story?coll=bv-entertainment-music-feat
     
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    This is great! It's wonderful to hear that influential artists are setting examples for others. Especially with kids, that's who they listen to much of the time.

    I appreciate the post, brother.
     
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    Anyone know if they released this documentary yet. I can't find a place to order it anywhere. I think it's cool to eliminate meat. I think they are setting a good example and fighting all the ignorance and self-destructive eating habits that are becoming more and more common.
     
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    Thanks man. It was on there. I'm going to order it now. :shades:
     
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    GO VEGETARIANISM!!!!!!!! lol
     
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    People like Erykah Badu, Andre 3000, and Dead Prez inspired me to make the switch. Also, there is a growing Black Vegan/Vegetarian community here in Atlanta, which is a BIG help when you know you aren't by yourself!
     
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    Now if those hip hop artists would just spread the word on the demoralizing effects of many hip hop lyrics upon our people, things would sho nuff git betta. :shades: For that, like white milk, can also be bad for ya.
     
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    Peace,




    Uhm Joyce, those same hiphop artists who speak of healthy eating do rap about positivity. Artists like Common and Dead Prez speak on the problems in our community and in todays rap music. The thing is, people like them don't get any real air-play because they don't promote the self-destructional lifestyle that many rappers do today. Today's poison is hiphop music is a fad. Conscious artists in general is what we need to see on television.


    Sista Triniti, might I add........ SAVE THE ANIMALS....lol
     
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    That's great, that they are spreading positive things among our people. Some others are Grits, T-Bone (these are actual folks) and B.B.Jay, etc. And like you said, they don't get the air play that the porn rappers do, but at least they can feel good about themselves and what they are doing. Sometimes, it ain't all about being popular, but rather choosing to do the right thing.

    ~j
     
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