feature: black vegans rock – get to know writer, producer and bvr and aphro-ism founder aph ko

February 23, 2016

Aph Ko is a feminist activist and writer. She is the founder of Black Vegans Rock as well as the founder of Aphro-ism, a website that provides critical analysis through a black vegan feminist framework. Aph is also a contributor to Striving with Systems. She has a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies, and an M.A. in Communication and Cultural/Media Studies. Aph is a feminist as well as an indie digital media producer. She’s the creator of the comedy web-series Black Feminist Blogger, and currently works on the editorial board for the F Bomb, a branch of the Women’s Media Center. In 2014, she was named one of the top ten indie creatives by Indiewire. She is currently the PR Consultant for the documentary film Always in Season, created by Jacqueline Olive, which documents the lingering impact of lynching and racial terrorism in four communities grappling with how best to move forward today.

Aph was awarded the 2015 Anti-Racist Vegan Change-Maker of the Year award from the Pollination Project and the Sistah Vegan Project. In June 2015, she became the first person to ever write an article listing 100 Black Vegans.

Aph’s work has been discussed on multiple platforms like Slate, Ebony, The Daily Beast, Mic, Black Girl Nerds, AFROPUNK, The Vegan Society, Yahoo, Huffington Post, and Media Diversified.

By Black Vegans Rock, AFROPUNK contributor

Here’s a video Aph created for her site Aphro-ism that breaks down the ways in which animal oppression and black oppression are a part of the same territory.