Los Angeles-based spoken-word artist Donald Vincent, who performed at the Compassion Arts and Culture & Animals Festival in October 2017, received a grant to produce Vegan Paradise, a recorded album of cruelty-free verse and lyrics inspired by hip-hop. Donald writes:
The project intends to meet the need of changing the conversation of what veganism is and stands for. Through poetry, a reader is able to follow the journey of veganism and a cruelty-free lifestyle that is not heavy handed. Through the recorded audio of these poems, the listener is able to understand what it truly means to live a vegan lifestyle.
For the cover and inside of Vegan Paradise, Donald used two paintings by 2017 CAF grantee Jane O’Hara. You can read about their shared vision for the album here. Since 2017, in addition to working with Compassion Arts on moving their festival online, Donald published Convenient Amnesia, a book of poems, two of which were excerpted in Brotha Vegan (Lantern Publishing & Media, 2021). CAF Navab Fellow Vivian Qiu profiled Donald Vincent in September 2020.