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Dr. T. Colin Campbell
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Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn
Dr. John McDougall
Dr. Dean Ornish
Listen to Persia Perform the New Kickstart Song
The March 2010 Kickstart featured a lyric-writing contest. Kent Maurer won the contest with “One Simple Act,” which was put to music and recorded by Persia. Listen to Persia perform “One Simple Act.”
In one word, Persia White is prolific. An actress, musician, producer, and animal rights activist, she currently plays witch Abby Bennett on the hugely popular CW drama Vampire Diaries. Driven by her passion to change the world, Persia co-produced the award-winning documentary Earthlings, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, and is involved in the series Whale Wars on Animal Planet. Persia is a board member of the Humane Society of the United States, as well as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. She is the co-founder of Echoed Images, a new production company whose mission is to create conscious, world-changing media.
Learn more about Persia below and at www.PersiaWhite.com.
PERSIA'S NUTRITION TIPS
- A vegan diet helps connect the dots between the environment, the way we treat animals, our health, and humankind.
- One simple action—eating a plant-based diet—can make a difference in the world around you. Every great movement, invention, or philosophy began with one person.
- There is tremendous strength in every word, every action, every voice. Let your friends and family know about the positive impact a plant-based diet makes on your life. It’s time to be heard.
Fresh Fruit Salad and Black China Rice Bread
1 container Bio-K+ CL1285® Dairy-Free (a dairy-free acidophilus that tastes like tangy yogurt)
1 organic mango
1 organic kiwi
1/2 organic red or green apple
1 slice Food for Life Black China Rice Bread
Pour chilled Bio-K into a small bowl. Cut mango, kiwi, and apple into 1/2-inch slices. Place fruit in bowl and lightly mix and serve.
Toast one slice of Black China Rice Bread. The bread is wheat- and dairy-free, yet it smells like a cake when toasted. For a different twist, spread a light layer of organic strawberry jam on it.
Persia’s Morning Kickstart
Toast an Ezekiel English muffin. Spread with 1/2 tablespoon Earth Balance. Lightly sprinkle with cinnamon [optional]. Top with slices of organic banana
Crispy Kale Delight
Use organic ingredients when possible.
4 cups kale
crushed black pepper
Apply a light even spray of organic olive oil to frying pan on very low heat. Place kale in pan and flip after approximately 4 minutes. Apply light sprinkle of garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. Continue to flip the kale for approximately 5 minutes, until the edges are crispy. Place kale on plate and add diced cherry tomatoes. Sprinkle with fresh lemon juice and serve.
PERSIA WHITE FULL BIO
African-American, Irish, Puerto Rican and a multi-ethnic mix, Persia was born in South Philadelphia. As begins the biography of many an artist, Persia spent the first two months of her life in a musical instrument case—in this instance, an upright bass case. Her mother was a compassionate schoolteacher, writer, and civil rights activist who moved the family to the Bahamas for work. Persia’s early life was enmeshed with lush tropical landscapes, multicultural exposure, and reggae. When Persia was 8, the family moved back to the United States and settled in Miami. It’s here that Persia began her acting career. Already an accomplished ballet dancer, Persia knew she wanted to try theater. While walking down the street with her mother, Persia was spotted by a talent scout for the now world-renowned Coconut Grove Children’s Theater. Upon seeing her, the scout asked, “Are you an actress?” Persia immediately said, “Yes!” She has been a nonstop performer since that day, delving into musical theater, new forms of dance, acting, modeling, singing, playing instruments, and even branching out into painting, a passion of hers to this day.
Persia actually intended to be a singer before an actress. When she moved to Los Angeles, she turned down several album deals due to the lack of creative control offered in the contracts. Persia explains, “When I make music I want it to be honest and to be me. I wanted to wait and do it the way I felt it should be in my heart.” She focused on building her acting career and garnered the role she is most known for, Lynn Searcy on the CW’s Girlfriends. Girlfriends was the No. 1-TV show in African-American homes for more than eight years, as well as a leading show for all women ages 14-42. She also has a repertoire of guest star credits from some of the most popular shows on television, as well as leads in feature films. In 2010, Persia starred in Spoken Word, directed by Victor Nunez. Through this, Persia still developed her music on the backburner. She has worked with great artists such as Gary Wallis of Pink Floyd, Dominique Miller who works with Sting, Randy Jackson, and Big Bio of Outcast, as well as written soundtrack music for three independent films and three songs for the Girlfriends soundtrack. On Oct. 25, 2009, her birthday, Persia debuted her first solo album MECCA, a sprawling, 12-track journey combining a number of genres, including electronica, trip-hop, and elements of blues and prog-rock. The album features collaborations with ex-fiancé Saul Williams and Tricky. The overall album was produced by Persia herself, mixed by the legendary Dave Way, and mastered by (BigBass) Brian Gardner.
Persia’s success as an artist and public figure are all fueled by the desire to make change in the world. A passionate animal rights activist since she was 12, Persia has devoted her life to raising the consciousness of the public on issues of animal cruelty. As an artist, as an advocate, and as a person, Persia strives to reach further and deeper and bring all that she finds to light.
Learn more about Persia at www.PersiaWhite.com.