Saturday, June 22, 2013

Bouquet Of Three Award and Other Blogging News

One of my summer reads.
Hello all!
I wanted to first and foremost share Sistah Vegan's latest call which sounds like an interesting opportunity for me and other female African descent females:

"We are having our first annual Sistah Vegan Conference this fall, on September 14, 2013. It will be an online interactive conference, through the service of Cisco WebEx. This means presenters can use webcams, audio, and PowerPoint which will be fully experienced by the audience. At the end of each talk, audience members will be able to engage in Q&A with the presenter. The entire conference talks will be video recorded and accessible after the event, to ensure that this valuable information will not be lost; it also ensures that those with internet access who could not attend will be able to access this information.
We are specifically looking for critical perspectives on veganism, animal compassion work, and self-care from the epistemological standpoint/embodied experiences of people identified women of African descent. We seek presentation that address these topics:

* sizeism
* ableism
* lgbtq experience and challenges in heteronormative spaces
* intersecting antiracism and animal compassion
* how racist micro aggressions in predominantly white spaces affect our health, and why self care is a needed aspect of ‘social justice’ for Black women and girls
* critical perspectives on Afrocentric or Afrikan holistic health movement
* parenting as a black vegan
Topics need not be limited to these above, however, the above are more of a priority, due to their near invisibility in most vegan and animal compassion spaces. This is open to all women and girls of African descent regardless of ‘formal’ education background or writing/artistic style. We encourage academic and non academic presentations."

For further details read more here.
A Breeze Harper is author to a book of essays, poetry, and criticism called- Sistah Vegan: Food, Identity, Health and Society: Black Female Vegans Speak.

A few weeks ago, Poppy of Poppy's Patisserie | Bunny Kitchen nominated AfroVeganChick for the Bouquet of Three Award. I'm honored to decorate the blog with these lovely sentiments of appreciation.
Thank you Poppy and sorry for the horrid delay! :D

The Best Moment Award from;
Awarding the people who live in the moment,
The noble who write and capture the best in life,
The bold who reminded us what really mattered -
Savoring the experience of quality time.

The Versatile Blogger Award is awarded based on quality of writing, the uniqueness of the subjects covered, the level of love displayed in the words and quality of the photographs and the level of love displayed in the taking of them.

The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity & creativity inspires others.
Here are the rules.
  1. Display the award picture.
  2. Thank the person who nominated you.
  3. Pass the nomination along to 15 blogs you have recently discovered.
  4. Contact the nominees.
  5. Share seven things about yourself.

Seven Tidbits About Me

1. Currently enjoying writing feminist criticism on film/television Bitch Flicks ("the radical notion that women like good movies!") and can be "seen" on Friday afternoons after the soap operas go off. Latest post reviews one of my favorite films- Mermaids.
2. Almost geared up and ready to move to Philadelphia to attend Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in the fall whilst raising funds on GoFundMe. This will be an expensive journey and I would be beyond appreciative for any assistance brought forth in aiding continuation of my artistic journey.
3. Still writing feature novel about a spiritual young artist and her connection to a bus driver. Funnily enough protagonist strongly resembles Mermaids' Charlotte character though she is an African American woman also dealing with society's critical hair issues.
4. I keep procrastinating! There are too many posts in the AfroVeganChick draft right now. As you can also see site banner is in progress.
5. My hair isn't getting as big as I wished it to be. I think I might shave it again and start over.
6. Working hard on sketches of AfroVeganChick t-shirts and it's difficult to make them asexual.
7.  I will be adding new art to my etsy shop soon. Yes, that procrastination is a serious, SERIOUS disease. Chocolate covered cherries are definitely a good cure so far.

Top 15 Recently Discovered Blogs

Gazing In
Almost Raw Vegan
Turning Veganese
Bite Me, I'm Vegan
Luminous Vegans
Barefoot Essence
In Pursuit of More
Cauldrons and Cupcakes
Quinoa, Kale, & Exhale
Fo Real's Life'
The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado
The Little Green House
Sugar Coated Vegan

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