Archive for February 2021

Omowale Adewale, Brotha Vegan, Black Men Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society
Omowale Adewale is an activist and organizer, and the founder of Black VegFest, a network of African American festivals celebrating veganism, wellness, social justice, and resilience throughout the United States. A former athlete in bodybuilding and track and field, he is certified both in plant-based nutrition and as a USA boxing coach. He lives in Brooklyn, NY. His website is

In 2010, Lantern published Sistah Vegan: Black Women Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society, a landmark anthology edited by A. Breeze Harper that highlighted for the first time the diversity of vegan women of color’s response to gender, class, body image, feminism, spirituality, the environment, diet, and nonhuman animals. Now, a decade later, its companion volume, Brotha Vegan, unpacks the lived experience of black men on veganism, fatherhood, politics, sexuality, gender, health, popular culture, spirituality, food, animal advocacy, the environment, and the many ways that veganism is lived and expressed within the Black community in the United States.
Edited by Omowale Adewale—founder of Black Vegfest, and one of the leading voices for racial and economic justice, animal rights, and black solidarity—Brotha Vegan includes interviews with and articles by folks such as Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Doc (of Hip Hop is Green), chef Bryant Terry, physicians Anteneh Roba and Milton Mills, DJ Cavem, Stic of Dead Prez, Kimatni Rawlins, and many others. At once inspiring, challenging, and illuminating, Brotha Vegan illustrates the many ways it is possible to be vegan and reveals the leading edge of a “veganized” consciousness for social renewal.
Listen to the IT’S ALL ABOUT FOOD interview with Omowale Adewale in 2013.

Caryn Hartglass and Gary De Mattei discuss their Valentine’s Day menu and how to celebrate Mardi Gras virtually. They comment on the recent On Being Podcast with Alain de Botton entitled The True Hard Work of Love and Relationship‪s‬. They also cover a recent report on high dose Vitamin C and Zinc supplementation’s impact on COVID-19.
Links mentioned in the program:
Effect of High-Dose Zinc and Ascorbic Acid Supplementation vs Usual Care on Symptom Length and Reduction Among Ambulatory Patients With SARS-CoV-2 Infection
Alain de Botton, The True Hard Work of Love and Relationship‪s
French Onion Soup
La Baguette
Almond Mozzarella Cheese

Rosa Abreu-Runkel, Vanilla
Dominican born and raised in the United States, Rosa Abreu-Runkel is currently an assistant professor at New York City College of Technology (CUNY), Hospitality Management Program. She has held various mid and executive level management positions in Food and Beverage with, among others, Marriott International, Millennium Hotels, Highgate Hotels and IHG International Hotels.
Hartglass & De Mattei talk about recipes they love with vanilla, as well as some with chocolate, for Valentine’s Day or any day you want chocolate.
LINKS mentioned in the interview:
James Hemings Society
RECIPES mentioned in the program:
Risotto Veganese
Orange Creamsicle Ice Dream
Flourless Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Pumpkin Mini Cake

Brenda Sanders, Veguary
Brenda Sanders is a vegan food justice activist who Co-Founded Thrive Baltimore, a community resource center that offers free classes, workshops, cooking demos and other programming that supports people in living a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle. She’s also Executive Director of Afro-Vegan Society, a nonprofit organization that provides resources to people in marginalized communities to assist them in transitioning to veganism, Co-Creator of Vegan SoulFest, an annual festival that celebrates culture and all aspects of vegan living and Co-Owner of The Greener Kitchen, a vegan deli and food distributor that produces plant-based foods that are both affordable and accessible.


Hartglass & De Mattei complete the program talking about Snow and Snow People, Exercise and Chap Stick/Lip Balm

It’s All About Food
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