(USA) Ebony Magazine -- "Should You Become a Vegetarian?"

molly mgh at citlink.net
Tue Jun 17 22:50:07 EDT 2003

> The July 2003 issue of Ebony magazine (which serendipitously has vegan
> Russell Simmons on the cover) has a lead article inside, page 70, headed,
> "Should you Become a Vegetarian?" with the subheading "Think Before you
> Eat.
> Go Veg for Life," over a great looking photo of rap artist Common holding
> up
> a luscious looking veggie burger of some sort - looks like black bean.
> The article by Zondra Hughes opens with:
> "BLACK vegetarians are sprouting up everywhere. A-list actress Angela
> Bassett, singer Erykah Badu, pop music icon Prince, hip-hop
> mogul/entrepreneur Russell Simmons, R&B sensation India.Arie, rap artist
> Common, actor Darius McCrary, model/actress Traci Bingham, members of the
> hip-hop group the Roots and civil rights activist and icon Coretta Scott
> King are all among a growing list of African-Americans who have
> sidestepped
> the traditional delicacies of soul food in favor of living a meat-free
> existence."
> The spread includes photos of Coretta Scott King, Dick Gregory, and
> Whitney
> Houston.
> Coretta Scott King and Dexter King sing the praises of vegetarian living.
> They are vegan though the article does not explicitly say so. It just
> notes
> the foods they tend to eat -- Dexter King eats "fruits, vegetables,
> grains,
> nuts and legumes only" and Coretta Scott King eats mostly raw.
> Hughes writes about the spread of vegetarianism:
> "Whatever your brush with vegetarians and vegetarianism, one thing is
> certain: It's a health trend that is spreading in the African-American
> community, gradually changing the traditional soul food menu in Black
> kitchens all across the land."
> The article stresses the health benefits of vegetarian diets:
> "Those who decide to choose a vegetarian lifestyle to improve their
> overall
> health apparently have plenty of good reasons to do so.
> "According to the American Dietetic Association, several research studies
> point to the health benefits of incorporating meatless meals into
> American
> eating patterns, including lowering the risk for heart disease and some
> cancers.
> "Other studies suggest that women can also enjoy the health benefits of a
> veggie lifestyle, via incorporating more soy into their diet. Numerous
> studies indicate that women may experience fewer hot flashes during
> menopause and may and lower their risk of breast cancer if they consumed
> 3-4
> ounces of tofu or 8 ounces of soymilk each day.
> Hughes makes it clear that soy is an excellent source of protein and
> recommends "grilled veggie burgers, curry soy shrimp, barbecue soy
> chicken
> and sweet and sour tofu, just to name few."
> We learn that as vegetarianism gains popularity in the black community,
> "Soul food restaurants all across the country are also tweaking their
> menus
> to accommodate Black vegetarians. For instance, a new meat-free favorite,
> a
> veggie platter consisting of greens, yams, salad and garlic potatoes, is
> making the rounds at Sylvia's Soul Food Restaurant in Harlem, in order to
> satisfy the appetites of a growing number of vegetarian customers."
> Hughes describes the various types of vegetarian diets and closes with,
> "Health specialists agree that with careful planning, a vegetarian diet
> can
> be healthy and nutritionally sound, no matter which type of vegetarian
> diet
> you choose."
> The article also includes a shot of a PETA ad featuring the hip hop group
> "The Roots." The ad says, "DO IT FOR YOUR HEALTH. DO IT FOR THE ANIMALS.
> 1-888-VEG-FOOD  GoVeg.com"  Ebony directs people to call PETA or visit
> the
> website for more information.
> Looking at the predominantly white faces at our national animal rights
> conferences one could think vegetarianism is lost on the African-American
> community. It is wonderful to see Ebony Magazine making it clear that it
> isn't, and making sure that it isn't. The magazine deserves some
> supportive
> letters, particularly from black vegetarians, so please forward this
> email
> to those who might find it of interest. Surprisingly, Ebony offers no
> email
> address for letters to the editor (the website and magazine don't have
> one
> so I called Customer Service to check) but does accept and publish
> traditionally mailed letters to the editor.
> Here's the address:
> Letters to the Editor
> Ebony Magazine
> 820 S. Michigan Ave
> Chicago, IL. 60605

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