Why and How I Became a Vegan By Kevin Powell

A lot of people have asked me how I became a vegan. I say, as a non-doctor and a non-nutritionist, that you should be very gradual and careful with major diet changes, and definitely try to consult an actual doctor or nutritionist for guidance. Like many folks I did not instantly jump into veganism. It started many many years ago with my not eating pork. I am a Christian again now (as I was growing up) but for a period of time I was a Muslim and not eating pork is a rule of that faith. Eventually I cut out beef and ate only chicken, fish, and some turkey. Then it became just fish. Then I tried vegetarianism. And finally it became veganism because I could no longer deal with dairy (cow) products.

I’ve pretty much stuck to this the last few years except when I have had little to no choice but to eat fish in certain heavily fish-based cultures/communities I’ve visited internationally. Or to not insult the customs and traditions of people different than me when offered food by them in these foreign countries. And I likewise bend the veganism rule for specific holiday gatherings with my mother here in America because, well, she is my mother and dinner with her is sacred and important and I do not take that for granted as my mom gets older. And my mother ain’t trying to understand why I do not eat meat, seriously. I do not care if other vegans say my way is not veganism. I say yes it is because anyone who knows me knows that my lifestyle has become very vegan-centered. One day I hope to even wear clothes and footwear on a daily that are vegan-based.

That is how focused I am about living a vegan life. I’ve gone so far as to using only body products and household cleansers that are completely natural and not tested on or derived from animals. However, veganism or vegetarism is not for everyone. For me it is definitely about health and wellness, but also the more I learned about how animals are treated, what is injected into so many of them, I got turned off from the whole concept of eating meat, of supporting the brutal exploitation of animals by far too many meat companies.

But that is my opinion and my choice, and as I have said in previous posts I do not believe in shoving the way I see things in terms of meat-eating vs. no meat-eating down people’s throats. I would certainly marry a woman who eats fish or chicken. That does not bother me, although I would prefer to marry a vegan.

Finally, you ultimately must do what you feel is best for your body, your soul, your mind, your conscience. For me, veganism is an extension of my activism and life of public service helping others to be self-empowered and self-aware. It makes sense that this is where I am. For others, I only encourage everyone to read all food labels very closely, to be very mindful of everything you digest, that you become as educated as possible about the “food industry” (including Monsanto, and why people are protesting that company worldwide), and that you think long and hard about eating as many fresh fruits and vegetables as possible, and to limit or eliminate package or frozen goods if you can. As the old saying goes, we truly are what we do and do not eat, all of us.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.”
-Nelson Mandela

Charlotte Olympia Archie’s Girls Capsule Collection For your Valentine

LADIES WHATS UP !?

Archie’s Girls Capsule Collection by the British brand offers a range of clutches and footwear for the current day Veronicas and Bettys.

Comic Clutch 

Charlotte_Olympia_COMIC_CLUTCH_1Grab the latest edition of Archie Comics with this unique comic clutch bag. Just like Archie who easily gets infatuated by charming girls around him, this clutch too will woo all the bag-o-holics. Embroidery details the loveable heart-breaker ‘Archie’ and comic book highlights. It shows Archie asking Veronica’s consent to kiss her with little red hearts fluttering around him. Priced at $1,595, this Comic book clutch comes with gold plated magnetic closure and Charlotte Olympia stamped comb and plaque. Made in Italy, it is fully lined in blush twill and ships with dust bag. It is aptly sized as width 13 inches x height 7 inches x depth 2 inches to fit comfortably into a chic diva’s palm.

Charlotte_Olympia_COMIC_CLUTCHThe other edition of the Comic clutch includes details of Betty and Veronica. The duo are sharing their ideas about the benefits of short skirts and its effects on the boys’ stares.

Magic Johnson Declares Cease-fire On Jim Buss & Mike D’Antoni

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson has declared a cease-fire on the Lakers, executive/owner Jim Buss and Coach Mike D’Antoni.

The Hall of Fame point guard has recently been very publicly lambasting the Lakers concerning their leadership, on-court play and decision to hire D’Antoni over Phil Jackson in 2012.

Via Twitter on Thursday, Johnson vowed to stop criticizing his former franchise.

D’Antoni declined to comment on any of Johnson’s statements, although he did acknowledge they were hurtful.

The Lakers have been absolutely decimated by injuries this season. According to Lakers.com, through games played Tuesday, the Lakers (16-30) have lost more players to injury than any other team in the league, at 153.

In comparison, the Indiana Pacers (35-10) have lost 30, the Oklahoma City Thunder (37-10) 27 and the Portland Trail Blazers (33-13) 34.

In fact, the Blazers have had the same starting lineup for every game this year. Rookie C.J. McCollum is responsible for all 34 games missed with a foot injury.

Would the Blazers have the same record if LaMarcus Aldridge or Damian Lillard sat out as many games as Kobe Bryant (40)?

Meanwhile, the Lakers are relying on three players who were in the NBA Development League this season (Kendall Marshall, Manny Harris and Ryan Kelly).

2014 Wynn Las Vegas Nightlife/Daylife Residency Announcement

COLUMBIA RECORDS TO RELEASE ABOUT LAST NIGHT SOUNDTRACK

 

AVAILABLE DIGITALLY ON FEBRUARY 11th AND IN STORES MARCH 4th

 

SOUNDTRACK INCLUDES SONGS FROM

JOHN LEGEND, GARY CLARK, JR., THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES AND

EMERGING ARTISTS KIM CESARION AND MISHON

 

(Columbia Records; New York, NY –January 31, 2014) Columbia Records has announced the release of the About Last Night soundtrack, accompanying the insightful romantic comedy starring Kevin Hart, Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant. The original motion picture soundtrack, About Last Night, will be released digitally on February 11th, 2014 with the physical release set for March 4, 2014. About Last Nightwill be in theatres nationwide on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2014.

Among its 14 tracks, About Last Night will premiere two never-before-heard songs, “A Million” by John Legend and “Luckiest Man” by Mishon featuring Problem, as well as showcase the upbeat single“Undressed” by emerging artist Kim Cesarion. The soundtrack also includes stand-out tracks such as John Legend’s power ballad “This Time,” Gary Clark, Jr.’s GRAMMY® Award winning “Please Come Home,”and James Brown’s funk song “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine)”   (see below for track listing).

In the Screen Gems romantic comedy About Last Night – arriving just in time to become the latest Valentine’s Day movie classic – four Los Angeles singles get a thorough workout in the ups and downs of today’s dating world. On yet another night of playing wingman to his loud-mouthed best friend Bernie (Kevin Hart), kind-eyed Danny (Michael Ealy) meets Debbie (Joy Bryant), a beautiful, smart and successful woman who is as skittish about relationships as he is. When the chemistry proves to be undeniable, they end up falling into bed together that night …then another night, and another night.

Against the advice and warnings of Bernie, not to mention Debbie’s precocious bestie Joan (Regina Hall), Dan and Debbie make an attempt to navigate life as a couple. What these starry-eyed lovers soon find is that despite their good intentions and genuine feelings for each other, what started out as a casual and intoxicating intimacy quickly falls prey to the usual trappings of togetherness and monogamy.

The romantic comedy stars Kevin Hart (Think Like a Man, Ride Along), Michael Ealy (Think Like a Man,“Almost Human”), Regina Hall (Think Like a Man, The Best Man Holiday), Joy Bryant (“Parenthood,”Antwone Fisher), Christopher McDonald (Billy Madison), and Paula Patton (Baggage Claim).

About Last Night Soundtrack track-listing:

1.       Get Up (I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine) – James Brown

2.       Feel So Good – Jamiroquai

3.       Rose Quartz – Toro Y Moi

4.       Never Stop – The Brand New Heavies

5.       A Million – John Legend

6.       Diamonds – Y’akoto

7.       What You Won’t Do For Love – Bobby Caldwell

8.       No Hay Problema – Pink Martini

9.       Please Come Home – Gary Clark, Jr.

10.   Blue Holiday – Charles Brown

11.   Feel The Love (feat. John Newman) – Rudimental

12.   Luckiest Man – Mishon ft. Problem

13.   Undressed – Kim Cesarion

14.   This Time – John Legend