A Did You Know? Reblog: #BlackVegansRock: 100 Black Vegans to Check Out

Striving with Systems

I am treating this piece as a performance art piece, not a blog post. Each time someone from the animal rights/vegan community wants to write an article about how white the animal rights/vegan movement is, I hope that they choose one person from this list to write an article about instead. 

This list is not in any particular order, and it is not meant to be completely exhaustive. Additionally, I can’t guarantee that everyone on this list is still vegan, though they were at the time of my research. I acquired this information simply by researching online and asking around. Also, I must note that I personally don’t think eating a plant-based diet automatically means that you’re a political activist or animal rights activist. As I said in a previous post “Veganism without politicization only yields de-contexualized diets.”

Nevertheless, this list is meant to serve as a statement for anyone who says “veganism is…

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Did you know: Tassilli’s Raw Reality




Tassili’s Raw Reality


From the Melanated Man:

I said I was going to cut back on the food posts for a minute.

I got to sneak this one in though (lol!)


I visited this vegan restaurant recently in the historic West End of Atlanta  and I have to tell you…it was OFF THE CHARTS!!

Now granted, most of my followers are meat-eaters to the core and I completely understand the love for the animal flesh. I was RIGHT THERE with you a time ago.

BUT…vegetarian or vegan food can be flavorful (WITH ITS NATURAL FLAVOR!) as well if you prepare it right.

And this place can prepare it JUST RIGHT! I had a kale wrap that was just DELICIOUS!


Mouth-watering wrap with kale, couscous, olives, etc. MMMMMMMM!


Then I topped it off with some…

Melanin Magic Mix! Yeah, really!


It was gon point as well. Also, I had popcorn and a vegan brownie as well that were pretty tasty in their own right.

Not to mention the restaurant is BLACK-OWNED (The Melanin Magic Mix should have been a dead givaway.)

These kind of experiences let me know that there are others that have a similar mindframe when it comes to eating and health, especially within black-melanted communities such as the West End.


We need to embrace (and patronize) these establishments more often and take notes on how to implement this type of diet into our lives, the one I have been ADVOCATING for!!!


Let’s become the CHANGE we seek WITHIN OURSELVES!!


Restaurant Location and Menu Information:

1059 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30310



Peace and Love to my melanated family,

The Melanated Man



WARNING: Tom’s of Maine “Natural” Toothpaste contains MSG…

From the Melanated Man:
Connecting  to my previous post ED vs EL: What is Monosodium Glutamate (or MSG?) , I want to advise anyone who is using this PARTICULAR brand of toothpaste that it contains MSG in it. Don’t be fooled by the “Natural” label because it’s FAR from it.

The culprits within the inactive ingredient list:

-“natural flavor”



Commercial toothpaste such as these will enhance your tastebuds to consume the sweets (artificial sweets, WHITE SUGAR) that we are hooked on, keeping dentists in business. 


It would probably be in your best interest to ditch ALL commercial toothpaste and go homemade. Don’t pay any attention to what they are advertising on the product.

If you didn’t make it, PLEASE ALWAYS BE SKEPTICAL OF IT!

If you REFUSE to do-it-yourself, I would recommend Dr. Sebi’s brand of toothpaste, even though it may be pricey.


It’s $25, but probably worth it!


I’m going to personally lookup some recipes for homemade toothpaste and will share them with you in the future.


In the meantime, STAY CONSCIOUS!


Peace and Love to my melanated family,

The Melanated Man


Food for Thought: Making a Correlation Between the Real World and “Theme Parks”

From the Melanated Man:


Been on hiatus for a week due to reasons obvious to those who know me personally (lol.) I should be on hiatus STILL; trying to get my bearings back up to speed. I didn’t want get too rusty though.

Today I’m going straight to the point. Here goes.


We’ve all been to theme parks, county fairs, circuses, etc., right?

We ride the rides, play the games, watch various shows and demonstrations, AND eat the high priced food that is offered as well.

First we pay an ENTRANCE FEE to enter  and in SOME INSTANCES we have to pay for the activities BEFORE we can participate.

We BUY into this REALITY or SYSTEM (what a double whammy, huh?)

All for our ENJOYMENT.

Does this sound like everyday life to you?

It does to me.


If you think about the obvious connection through *entertainment, we pay for our:

-Cable TV, online video games, gambling, etc.

-Music concerts, comedy shows, sports events, movies, etc.,

-Dinner at fancy and semi-fancy restaurants, hanging at clubs and lounges, etc…

The list goes on and on.

AND we don’t spend arcade or Chuck E. Cheese  coins on this MADNESS, we use our hard-earned money (*is there really a difference between the two?)



This sort of behavior applies to the more mundane things such as:

-Paying your regular bills (*when did cell phones become a utility?),

-Paying for groceries that are 99.9% likely to KILL YOU SOFTLY than sustain you,

-Paying for that 5-bed 4-bathroom “mansion” with a white picket fence,

-Paying for that luxury vehicle (or your regular minivan) you drive to work to keep up appearances,

-Paying your kids’ indoctrination,sorry I mean college tuition, as well as the many loans you took out to pay for YOURS from 15-20 years ago!!!


Again…the list goes on and on!


AND…For what?

To keep up with the Joneses?

Have we been so drugged down with so much UNNATURAL FOOD, *DEADLY MEDICATIONS, and *FALSE RELIGION to escape this circus?

Are we too AFRAID to walk our OWN path, BLACK PEOPLE?

One would THINK  we would at some point want to leave the circus or theme park or whatever.


Or more aptly, the PLANTATION!


We should OUTGROW these devices, put our childish things away, and grow the FUCK up!

Learn how to take care of OURSELVES and get past the *LOW-VIBRATION activities concerning ENTERTAINMENT.


But we are FAR from that. Still we are consumed with a CHILD’s mindset.


And the funny thing is we are SUBCONCIOUSLY teaching our kids this pattern of behavior.


(Don’t worry, I’m guilty as well.)


Think about that the next time you take your kids to Chuck E. Cheese or Dave and Busters!



Peace and Love to my melanated family,

The Melanated Man


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A Reblog: Apple Stole My Music. No, Seriously.

For those who have signed up for the Apple Music subscription…like me!!!

“The software is functioning as intended,” said Amber. “Wait,” I asked, “so it’s supposed to delete my personal files from my internal hard drive without asking my permission?” “Yes,” she replied. I had just explained to Amber that 122 GB of music files were missing from my laptop. I’d already visited the online forum, I […]


Food for Thought: What’s the true purpose of a mosquito?




From the Melanated Man:


Well Spring has come. Warm weather is FINALLY here. The flowers are blooming and the best friend (THE SUN!) is shining brighter than ever. And of course, my least favorite friend (MOSQUITOES!) are out terrorizing the masses.

If you like mosquitoes raise your hand…

I’m waiting…

Yeah I figured.

The other day I had a thought. A very RANDOM thought.

I wondered why God the Creator would create such a thing that brings so much pain to people. Everything on this planet HAS A PURPOSE!

And the Creator brought forth the mosquito for a reason.

Now if you believe that the mosquito’s purpose is to bring forth the Zika virus of the infamous West Nile Virus then I have some beachfront property in South Dakota that I want to sell you.

These “viruses” were probably concocted by the-powers-that-be in some lab just like *HIV, AIDS, syphilis, H1N1, or anything else that is not NATURAL to our bodies or this planet.

But I digress.

I have a thought of WHAT ACTUALLY transpires during a mosquito bite. Of course you know the mosquito is sucking your blood from your blood vessel, where its saliva creates a reaction with your skin creating a small rash, or bite mark.

I believe the mosquito is sucking toxins and other contaminants from your blood from the things you may have consumed through eating, drinking, and BREATHING. That’s my theory.

If all things created by the Creator are GOOD, then the theory would make sense. To help us in our ignorance concerning our consumption, the Creator assists us in one of his or her MANY WAYS by creating the mosquito to remove the undesirables from our bodies when we are unaware of them.

Or…they could just be blood-sucking leeches (who are KNOWN for sucking toxins from the blood) feeding for their own survival. I’m not sure.

But before you put some ARTIFICIAL chemical-infested OFF! on your skin (which you SHOULD know is toxic to your body) to kill God’s creation, think about that mosquito’s purpose and whether it’s actually benefiting you to take that bite like a MAN…

…or WOMAN!




Peace and Love to my melanated family,

The Melanated Man


*Future post