This is my very first post and I am excited to start blogging more about my total life on this ONE blog. It has taken quite a bit of time to figure out the best way to bring all of me into one blogspot (no pun intended – yay wordpress!). But after a few conferences, presenting papers and meeting people from all over the world, NOW is the time to start.
What is CURVYVEGANMOMMYPHD?
I felt this title sums up the majority of my focus in life. curvyveganmommyPhD accurately describes some of the intersections within my doctoral research and life’s work. First, I am a wife and mother to two beautiful girls. You will be introduced to them later as I journey through life as a black vegan mommy. It is truly a journey as we defeat the introduced craving of cheese sticks (I’ll share more about that later and how they got them outside the house). But I also do not fit the mold in which we are socialized to deem white and rail thin people as the only “true” vegans in the world. In later posts, I will share how I decided to become vegan and the many benefits such as quick pregnancies, better than normal blood pressure, no diabetes, etc. And there are challenges outside of veganism that I am conquering while maintaining my curves and full figure. Overall – I’m happy and animals are happy, as well. Finally, as a PhD student in theology, my research has taken me to India and next month the family will join me in Oxford. My life’s passion is contributing to the discussion of animal rights by shoring up animal theology by constructing a pneumatology of animals – with a womanist perspective. Yes, there is a lot going on here. I think this is more than enough to commit my life to as a writer, educator and public speaker.
I’m originally from Oakland, CA. I miss my hometown. Today, I realize how much I took advantage of the beautiful city and its neighbors. There’s just so much awesomeness in Oakland. I attended private schools from k-12 and then ventured off into the greatest university ever – UC BERKELEY! Go Bears! I majored in Political Science with an intent to go to law school. Instead, I ended up graduating and receiving a scholarship to attend Candler School of Theology * Emory University in Atlanta, GA. After receiving a M.Div (Masters of Divinity), I was accepted to Duke Divinity School where I completed my ThM (Masters of Theology). My goal was to be the next greatest womanist theologian speaking on behalf of the underdog majority within my family’s church denomination – Church of God in Christ. Instead, I applied to Regent Divinity School to initially work with Dr. Estrelda Alexander and changed my focus within one year. My focus shifted to animal theology. Dr. Amos Yong is a world renown scholar and the best adviser ever. Who would’ve known that I, an African-American doctoral student, would receive the most support from as Asian-American Pentecostal scholar. SN: He is the bomb!
While pursuing my doctoral degree, I live in Raleigh, NC and beginning to get involved with political issues that effect women and children through a local organization called “Women AdvaNCe NC”.
Goals for this blog/website?
My goal is to present all of me in one website in a manner that displays the many ways intersectionality is important and shatters the heteronormative patriarchy that seems to rule the minds of many.
Here are some other links to keep in touch with me:
Instagram – pics of many vegan recipes that I make for myself and my family – @curvyveganmommy
Twitter – just my personal twitter page – @claughinghouse