Black Vegans Rock was founded by Aph Ko after she wrote the first list that spotlighted 100 Black Vegans for Striving with Systems back in June 2015. She decided to research and compile a list of influential Black vegans who were doing incredible work to dismantle the stereotype that veganism was a “white person’s” thing. 

After releasing the list, she received emails from Black vegans all over the world who wanted to be featured on the list as well. Some people told her that they had a vegan organization and they wanted to get it in front of other Black vegans. Since Aph didn’t want to add on to the 100 Black Vegans list, she decided to create a platform devoted to spotlighting incredible Black vegans every day.

Aph received grants from A Well-Fed World as well as The Pollination Project to help get the project off the ground.

The website and artwork is created by EastRand Studios


Aph Ko 

Aph Ko is a theorist and indie digital media producer. She is the co-author of the book Aphro-ism: Essays on Pop Culture, Feminism, and Black Veganism from Two Sisters (Lantern Books, 2017). She served as the Associate Producer for the documentary film Always in Season, which the 2019 U.S. Documentary Special Jury award for Moral Urgency. In 2019, Aph will publish her new book, Racism as Zoological Witchcraft: A Guide to Getting Out, which centers on a media studies analysis of zoological racism. She anchors her arguments to popular shows of the day, in addition to Jordan Peele’s film, Get Out.



Pax Ahimsa Gethen

Photo by Gwen Park

Photo by Gwen Park

Pax Ahimsa Gethen manages the BVR Instagram page. Pax is a queer black trans vegan activist, blogger, and photographer. Pax is agender and goes by the gender-neutral pronouns they/them/their.

Pax has volunteered for food justice organizations, preparing and distributing vegan-friendly food to the needy. They believe that free access to healthy plant-based food should be a universal human right. Their approach to animal rights activism is based on the standpoint that animals are people, not property, and that veganism is a social justice issue, not a diet.

Pax blogs at the funcrunch files about gender and social justice issues. They volunteer as an editor for Wikipedia and are on the Board of Directors of the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco.

Pax lives in San Francisco with their partner Ziggy.