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Fashionable Resistance: The Art of Critical Thinking and Change Making

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My new custom made earrings arrived in the mail the other day. Many of you know that I’m into earrings that make a statement and usually depict my favorite Black “change makers”, such as Malcolm X. Well, the brilliant and fellow sistah vegan Mercedes Martin helped me continue my “fashionable resistance” by designing and making a pair of Zora Neale Hurston earrings for me.  I told her that I wanted Zora Neale Hurston on earrings. She took a famous photo that most of us Hurston fans know, and did her magic. The result is the above image. If you look closely you’ll notice that there are actual gems around Hurston’s neck that Mercedes glued onto the earrings. And on the other side of the earrings are these words:

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Mercedes used recycled material to make her jewelry and other fashionable items. She made my earrings out of repurposed event flyers. Click on the images above to see more of her work.

If you don’t know who Zora Neale Hurston is, consider reading her book Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Also, for a future Sistah Vegan endeavor, I will be collaborating with artists and designers to make a new line of Sistah Vegan “approved” jewelry called “Fashionable Resistance”, which will showcase the activists and scholars who have been influential as critical thinkers and change makers for my scholarship and activism, such as the Malcolm X earrings I am wearing in this photo below, designed by Charisma Eclectic, another fellow sistah vegan. I would love to showcase folk such as pattrice jones, Angela Davis, Bryant Terry, DJ Cavem,  Lauren Ornelas (Food Empowerment Project), Octavia Butler (vegan by the way) and Queen Afua (with proper permission from them of course). A Kickstarter campaign will be coming soon for that :-)

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Also, check on my newest book project G’s Up, Hoes Down: Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix). 

On Sistah Vegan Earrings and Critical Vegan Dissertation/PhD Studies


As a way to raise money for my PhD/dissertation fund (my fellowship was not renewed for 2011-2012), vegan jewelry designer Charisma Big Cartel created 8 limited edition big circle Sistah Vegan earrings, which I’ll be mailing out to earring wearing folk who do the following: The first 8 people who donate $50 or more to my fund will receive these earrings. The Diameter is about 2.5 inches. I like big earrings, so that’s why they are big :-)

I accept paypal donations via the email address breezeharper (at) gmail (dot) com. You can also click on the link on the upper right side that directs you to making a paypal donation. If you’re not comfortable with that, I can provide a mailing address.

The earrings are made out of very very light wood and earrings made by Charisma Big Cartel http://www.charisma.bigcartel.com/ and drawn by Janine Jackson (artist for the cover of the Sistah Vegan book), both African American vegan women and awesome talented artists. I can sign the back of the earrings if you request.

As of June 27, 2011: Donated so far: $3600 Still needed: $6400. To learn more about my fundraising efforts and why your donation will help me get my PhD in critical vegan and critical race studies (with the goal of creating ways to engage in anti-racist veganism) please go here:


Best
Breeze

On Sistah Vegan Earrings and Vegan Dissertation Studies


As a way to raise money for my PhD/dissertation fund (my fellowship was not renewed for 2011-2012), vegan jewelry designer Charisma Big Cartel created 8 limited edition big circle Sistah Vegan earrings, which I’ll be mailing out to earring wearing folk who do the following: The first 8 people who donate $50 or more to my fund will receive these earrings. The Diameter is about 2.5 inches. I like big earrings, so that’s why they are big :-)

I accept paypal donations via the email address breezeharper (at) gmail (dot) com. You can also click on the link on the upper right side that directs you to making a paypal donation. If you’re not comfortable with that, I can provide a mailing address.

The earrings are made out of very very light wood and earrings made by Charisma Big Cartel http://www.charisma.bigcartel.com/ and drawn by Janine Jackson (artist for the cover of the Sistah Vegan book), both African American vegan women and awesome talented artists. I can sign the back of the earrings if you request.

As of June 26, 2011: Donated so far: $3560  Still needed: $6440. To learn more about my fundraising efforts and why your donation will help me get my PhD in critical vegan and critical race studies (with the goal of creating ways to engage in anti-racist veganism) please go here:


Best
Breeze

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