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‘Cocaine Doesn’t Grow in My Community But Kale Does’: Vegan Hip Hop Artist DJ Cave

DJ Cavem’s new music video is out. Listen and watch. Things to thinks about:

(1) Prison Industrial Complex targeting communities of color

(2) What it means when the little boy at the end learns that they open up a new jail but closed down the school

(3) Instead of investing money in buying drugs, what would it be like if one invested resources/money into buying healthy fresh produce to re-build communities?

(4) The little black boy is not deterred as he walks through/pass the prison, Burger King, illegal drug transactions; the little boy makes it to his community garden to plant and build community.

And yea, once again, DJ Cavem is an amazing example of what a holistic, anti-racist, anti-PIC, decolonial, environmental justice approach to veganism looks like. Comprehensive, not one-dimensional, and not about buying ‘cool’ vegan packaged products, or constantly talking about going vegan to ‘look young’ and ‘get skinny’.

This is vegan hip hop music for the people. A lot of post-racial [mostly white] vegans kind of don’t get that veganism needs to look like the above for the collectivity of Black and Brown folk in the USA.


Like what the Sistah Vegan Project Does? Find out about our 2016 upcoming conference “The Role of Foodie+Tech Culture in an Era of Systemic Racism and Neoliberal Capitalism”. If you missed our Spring 2015, “The Vegan Praxis of Black Lives Matter” you can download the recordings with slides, here

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