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I can honestly say changed my life. Back in 2014, I made the decision to go vegan and give up consumption of all animal products. I didn't know anyone who subscribed to this lifestyle. For me it was a long process of education and disbelief over the course of years that got me here. 

In 1999 I did a case study on the meat-packing industry when I was working on my MBA. Right after that I saw the controversial "Sensation" exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, that featured thought-provoking depictions of farm animals. A few years after that I watched the Oprah episode where she showed clips from the movie, "Food, Inc." After years of going back and forth between giving up red meat or chicken, it wasn't until I attended a compassion retreat at Kadampa Meditation Center in Atlanta in 2012 that I committed to going vegetarian. Two years later I went vegan, but I knew no one. By starting a group called "Black Vegan Life," I was able to tap into the rich black vegan culture in Atlanta. You don't have to be black or vegan to check us out, but you do have to have an open mind for wellness, compassion and black culture.

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