Tabitha Brown was working as a struggling part-time actress in 2018 when she did a review of a Whole Foods Market vegan TTLA sandwich (TTLA (tempeh bacon, tomato, lettuce, avocado) is a vegan take on the classic BLT sandwich) which went viral on Facebook. Brown had discovered the benefits of a vegan diet when she started suffering from chronic pain and fatigue in 2016. She was in so much pain she was unable to work for more than a year and a half. Her daughter suggested she watch a movie that indicated a vegan diet might help with her recovery. She tried it for 30 days and the pain cleared up, so she decided to stick with it.
The lucky break of her viral posting landed her a job with Whole Foods as a brand ambassador, travelling the country to give presentations about her decision to adopt veganism. In March of this year, she created a TikTok account where she began sharing vegan recipes, cooking tips, family moments and encouraging advice. In the space of 5 weeks she gained 2 million followers, and she now has 3.8M followers on TikTok and 2.3M followers on Instagram. While her videos mostly include creating quick meals and spreading messages of hope, fans can’t seem to get enough of her soothing, comforting voice.
In late June, she was given her own regular series, All Love, on Ellen DeGeneres’ Digital Network. On the show, Brown will talk about vegan cooking, social media, parenting, and self-care, making veganism cool. Let’s hope you continue to go from strength to strength, Tabitha!
In an interview, Starr revealed he went vegetarian after attending a bullfight in Spain. Since then, the musician has been admired for his graceful aging. Former drummer for The Beatles, Ringo Starr, recently revealed the secret to “staying young” and maintaining high energy levels. Speaking to music and pop culture magazine Rolling Stone, Starr commended his vegetarian diet for helping him stay “so young and active.” Starr says, “I am a vegetarian, I have broccoli with everything and blueberries every morning. I just do stuff that I feel is good for me.”
The musician, who is 80 years old, spoke about how he keeps up with his busy life, including the launch of his new coffee table photo book “Another Day in the Life,” and an upcoming tour with the All Starr Band, when the virus lifts. The All Starr Band is 31 years old and still going strong as is fellow Beatle, Paul McCartney, also a vegetarian.
“You’re a busy man these days,” Rolling Stone interviewer Rob Sheffield said to Starr. He asked the rock star how he maintains the lifestyle. “I think staying active keeps you young,” Starr said, adding that he works out with a trainer. But diet also plays a role; the drummer highlighted that he follows a vegetarian diet and includes broccoli “with every meal.” Many have pointed out that he looks even younger than his son. Keep up the good work, Ringo!
Many Black athletes have discovered the benefits of a vegan diet, and are happy to talk about it. We’ve written before about Wilson Chandler, an NBA champion now with the Brooklyn Nets. Wilson Chandler is recognized as a great player, and a big factor in his team’s performance. Looking for a way to reduce his number of injuries, he switched to a vegan diet in 2016. Read more
British musician Tony Kanal is the bassist and co-writer for the American rock bands Dreamcar and No Doubt. He’s also produced and co-written songs for Gwen Stefani among others.
Tony Kanal is a hardcore animal lover, who tweets regularly to his 37,000 followers about the plight of animals. He’s been vegan for the past 6 years and said
“I’ve always just loved animals and you just start making the connection between what you’re eating and what happens to these poor animals and once you start making those connections and realizing the truth behind what you’re eating, it just, there wasn’t any other option for me.”
He and his wife, American home designer Erin Lokitz, have worked to make their home 100% vegan too, with no animal skins, leather, wool or silk!
Singer-songwriter, Billie Eilish, was raised vegetarian in Los Angeles, CA. She “accidentally” became famous at the age of 13, when she wrote a song for her dance teacher and uploaded her recording onto the popular music-streaming site, SoundCloud. By the next morning it had gone viral, and shortly after her career began to take off. She’s already accomplished more by the age of 18 than most other artists do in a lifetime.
In 2014, she made the decision to go vegan. About that decision, she wrote to a fan
“I love animals and I just think there’s no point in creating something out of an animal when the animal is already there. Leave the animals alone….also I’m lactose intolerant and dairy is horrible for your skin, and my skin is VERY aware of that.”
She is now a vocal advocate of the vegan movement and is inspiring many to give cruelty-free living a try through her Instagram following.
On the Ellen DeGeneres show, Harrison Ford recently revealed that he’s given up eating meat and dairy. Ellen had commented on how healthy and fit he was looking, and he admitted that he’s not going to the gym much. He said that his new look has much more to do with his significant diet change.
The Star Wars actor, 77, explained that in addition to biking and playing tennis, he is doing “practically nothing” else with his diet besides eating “vegetables and fish.”
He said that he altered his diet for the sake of his own health, and that of the planet. “I just decided I was tired of eating meat,” he said. “And I know it’s not really good for the planet and it’s not really good for me.”
The talk show host, who is a vegetarian herself, agreed, noting: “It’s good to not eat meat.”
Legendary rocker Meat Loaf recently announced that he has gone vegan for the month of January, dubbed “Veganuary” although he won’t be changing his name to Veg Loaf.
The 72-year-old agreed to promote the British chain restaurant, Frankie & Benny’s, new vegan menu items which include a vegan hot dog, calzone and “cheesy” potato skins. “When Frankie & Benny’s first approached me to rebrand to Veg Loaf I said no way in hell. But, I’d do anything for our planet and dropping meat for veg, even for just one day a week, can make a huge difference.”
Veganuary encourages people to try a vegan diet for a month at the start of the year. It’s typically tied to New Year resolutions as people look to change their ways and become more healthy. The month-long event is dedicated to trying to change people’s attitudes, help the planet and the animals, as well as improve your own personal well-being.
The 77th annual Golden Globe Awards Sunday made history by becoming the first major awards show to go vegan. Every year, the chefs at the Beverly Hilton are tasked with feeding Hollywood’s finest at the Golden Globes: this year, the guest list includes Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Eddie Murphy, to name a few. So what do you serve a ballroom with so much star-power? Matthew Morgan, Executive Chef has an answer: vegan cuisine.
The menu was inspired: an appetizer of chilled golden beet soup—a perfect accompaniment to those gleaming statuettes. This was followed by a main course of King Oyster Mushroom scallops that, at least visually, are dead ringers for their pescatarian counterparts. The entrée was accompanied with wild mushroom risotto, Brussels sprouts, globe carrots, and pea tendrils. Dessert was a vegan opera dome with praline Gunaja crumble and caramelized hazelnuts. Read more
Joaquin Phoenix looks set to break some records as star of the new movie “The Joker”. He has also starred in numerous other movies, including “Her”, “Inherent Vice”, and his highest grossing movie (so far) “Gladiator”. But in contrast to the character he portrays in his most recent movie, he’s actually a really warm and caring guy, especially for animals. Read more
Leona Lewis, a British singer, achieved worldwide fame and success with platinum albums and number 1 singles such as ‘Bleeding Love’ but Leona has said that she would sacrifice it all tomorrow for a global ban on animal testing.
The compassionate singer has been a vegetarian since the age of 12 and, more recently, has transitioned to a vegan lifestyle after learning of the health risks associated with dairy and eggs.
She turned down an £800,000 [$964,564] deal to open the 2008 Harrods sale after discovering that they were the only London department store still selling fur products. In addition to this, she developed her own line of cruelty-free cosmetics with The Body Shop and is an ambassador for Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in Essex, England.
The 34-year-old star tied the knot with 30-year-old choreographer Dennis Jauch in Tuscany last month after nine years together. The wedding was held on rock legend Sting’s Italian estate. At the reception, guests were treated to an entirely vegan menu, while the couple’s wedding cake was inspired by a traditional Italian mille-feuille. The multi-tiered cake was the creation of Sicilian dessert stylist and pastry chef Marco Failla, and featured salted dark chocolate cream and Sicilian caramelized almonds. The cake was decorated with berries, fresh flowers and 24k gold leaf.
Leona said the ceremony had a “good energy” around it as they celebrate their special day with 180 of their family and friends.