FEATURE: Naijha Wright-Brown

Co-owner of the VeganSoul Bistro, Land of Kush, a vegan soul food restaurant located in Baltimore, MD. I began my journey towards veganism in 2005 when my cholesterol level was 249 and was told that I would be placed on medication.  Being holistic, I had to research ways to bring down my cholesterol.  I knew very little about the vegan lifestyle until I met my husband, Greg.  He introduced me to some home-cooked meals and shared his vision of owning a restaurant.  

We decided to focus on gaining the buy-in of the African-American and Latino markets by creating a signature vegan soul cuisine; vegan BBQ ribs, mac n' cheeze, collard greens and yams. Fast forward to 2016, through strategic marketing initiatives, the restaurant has experienced exponential growth within five years of opening in 2011. I develop relationships and collaborate with local and national businesses, non-profit organizations, schools and churches who share in the mission of promoting dietary, ethical, or environmental veganism.

I, also, co-founded and organize Vegan SoulFest, an annual vegan festival catered to Baltimore's inner city communities. I am the Executive Director of The Black Vegetarian Society of Maryland. An organization whose mission is to educate the public, particularly Blacks and Latinos, on the plant-based diet by "meeting people where they are." 

I have spoken and made appearances at radio stations, schools and community events throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.