Black Vegan Leaders Celebrate Black History Month

February 21, 2024
Hosted by Jane Velez-Mitchell

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UnchainedTV has been celebrating Black History Month with a category devoted to videos about the many Black movers and shakers in the vegan movement. Frankly, there are too many to mention. But, suffice it to say, that - according to numerous reports and surveys - African-Americans are going vegan at a higher rate than other demographic groups in the US! And, women are more likely than men to dropkick meat. So, today, we speak with 4 leading Black female voices in the vegan movement. Gwenna Hunter is the founder of Vegans of Los Angeles Food Bank. the first Vegan Food Bank in LA. Naijha Wright-Brown is the Executive Director of the Black Veg Society, a partner in The Land of Kush, VeganSoul Bistro, and co-creator of Vegan Soulfest and Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week. Jasmine Leyva directed and stars in The Invisible Vegan, a brilliant documentary about how veganism can reverse unhealthy dietary patterns in the African-American community. And, Brenda Sanders is the Executive Director of the Afro-Vegan Society, dedicated to helping minority communities transition to a plant-based lifestyle. UnchainedTV’s Jane Velez-Mitchell is the host for this compelling conversation.


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Jane Velez-Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell is the founder and editor of, a digital news network focusing on animal rights and the vegan/compassionate lifestyle. Jane has won four Genesis Awards from the Humane Society for her reporting on animal issues. VegNews named her Media Maven of the Year in 2010. In 2013, Mercy for Animals awarded her their Compassionate Leadership Award. In 2014, Jane was honored for fighting animal abuse by the Animal Legal Defense Fund. In 2015, she received the Nanci Alexander Award at PETA's 35th anniversary. In 2017, she received Last Chance for Animals’ Sam Simon Award and Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary’s Woodstock Warrior award.

For six years, Jane hosted her own show on CNN Headline News, where she ran a weekly segment on animal issues. Before that, she reported for the nationally syndicated Warner Brothers/Telepictures show Celebrity Justice, where she did numerous stories on animal issues championed by celebrities, and was also a news anchor/reporter at KCAL-TV in Los Angeles and WCBS-TV in New York. Velez-Mitchell is a graduate of New York University and began her career with reporting stints in Ft. Myers, Florida, Minneapolis and Philadelphia.

Velez-Mitchell is the author of four books, including two New York Times bestsellers, and directed and produced the documentary Anita Velez: Dancing Through Life which won a Gracie award in 2001. She lives with her partner, Donna Dennison, and their 4 companion animals in Los Angeles.

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