If there’s one thing you wish you would’ve known when you started out, what would that be?
That speaking about my lived experiences of racism as a Black woman wouldn’t be as scary as I thought.* That my story is important too and that I have a right to tell it. *I mean, it was and still is scary. But, it has also helped me in so many ways!
What inspired you to be vegan?
Initially I went vegan 5 years ago for animal rights reasons. Also for “logical” reasons. I never know the best way to really describe it. I watched the “101 Reasons To Go Vegan” speech and went vegan overnight. I never really looked back, but it was after I had made that decision that I started looking into the environmental and social impact of the animal agriculture industry. I saw so many of the issues I cared about such as inequality, sustainability, animal rights, food rights and more were so interlinked. I now have a much more nuanced view of food and what it means to have a sustainable lifestyle, but veganism was my first step into that!
What does it mean for you to make activism inclusive?
Making activism inclusive means looking at who is the most marginalised in society, who is the most excluded or who experiences the most barriers to getting involved in activism, and then working to make spaces accessible to those people. Activism is for everyone. It just requires you to be an active citizen and stand up against something you see in the world that’s wrong. Good activism means letting go of ego a bit and moving from thinking “how can I do this?” to “how can WE do this as a community?”
Who is your favorite author?
Bernadine Evaristo. Her storytelling is absolutely magic. Girl, Woman, Other is my favourite book ever. She writes about the Black British experience with such elegance. I adore her work. Currently reading Mr. Lover Man also by her!
What’s the best thing you found shopping vintage?
My beautiful pink glossy evening dress! I found it in a vintage store in Amsterdam and it fit like a literal glove and only got it for 40 euros. I’ve worn it to weddings, balls and my 21st birthday dinner party. I always get heaps of compliments when wearing it and it’s extra fab to be able to say I bought it second-hand!
The best place to eat in Edinburgh?
Tough one!! Edinburgh is FILLED with vegan gems. I would say my absolute favourites are Beetroot Sauvage (for cake or brunch), Novapizza (for the best cheezy vegan pastas and pizzas), Harmonium (for a nice dinner out with cocktails) and Black Rabbit (for lunch and cakes!).
What are you bingeing right now?
Pose and I May Destroy You. Both are absolutely incredible works of art that have made me laugh, cry, relate, and feel such deep and powerful things. They’re the two best shows I may have ever watched!