Styles P has long been an enthusiast for healthy, plant-based eating.
Ever since becoming a vegan over a decade ago, the acclaimed veteran MC has been intent on spreading the word about how to eat well, specifically in Black communities. This passion is a huge part of why he launched Juice For Life and, more recently, Farmacy For Life, Hip-Hop's first natural health food store, which recently opened its first brick-and-mortar location in New York. It's a family-owned and operated business focused on promoting a healthy lifestyle through information and products, and he runs it with his wife, Adjua Styles.
Now, P's newly launched nonprofit organization, Farma Cares, is partnering with the Yonkers Family YMCA to officially launch their monthly 'Plant Based Community Dine-In Night.' The first event is set to take place tonight (Sept. 22), and the food menu will be curated by Styles and Aduja Styles.
Earlier this year, he launched a high-end peanut butter and jelly spread, Styles PB&J, in partnership with Eleven Madison Park. In an interview with Rock The Bells, he explained why eating healthy is for everybody, and why it's so important for a plant-based lifestyle to be accessible in Black and Brown communities in particular.
"The accessibility of plant-based life is very important for us to break the stigma in people's minds, thinking you have to be from a certain background, a certain race, a certain color, primarily because health is for everybody," he said. "So, it's crucial for us to break the stigma because we want people to know that health is for everyone, especially if you're poor, you're from a poor neighborhood that's not affluent, you tend to think, you know, this lifestyle isn't for me, or I have to have certain knowledge, or hang around certain people, or be in a certain box. If you're from the hood, the number one rule in the hood across, not just America, but probably anywhere, is survival. That's what most people think, but they don't tend to think about that when it comes to their diet, which to us is sort of ass-backwards. So we're just trying to reverse the knowledge."