Aph Ko is a blogger, performer, vegan, and independent digital media producer. Aph was named one of the top 10 indie creatives of 2014 by IndieWire, and she continues to push cultural boundaries through her work as well as through the nuanced humor she employs. Her video projects have been featured on the Daily Beast, Ebony, Slate, Afropunk, Black Girl Nerds, the Feminist Wire, and BUST Magazine. She was recently awarded the 2015 Anti-Racist Change Maker of the Year Award from the Sistah Vegan Project and the Pollination Project. She is currently the PR Consultant for the documentary film Always in Season by Jacqueline Olive and also serves on the editorial board for the F Bomb.
She is known for co-writing the article “5 Reasons for Why Animal Rights Are a Feminist Issue” with her sister Syl for Everyday Feminism, as well as writing the first article listing 100 black vegans titled, “#BlackVegansRock: 100 Black Vegans to Check Out” for Striving with Systems. Aph is also the founder of Black Vegans Rock.
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Syl is a local activist and PhD student in philosophy in Chapel Hill, NC. She is currently working on her dissertation, which posits the “human” in the human/animal binary as a location of naturalized whiteness and in which she argues for an interpretation of the human/animal binary as racist. Syl also has secondary interests in black feminism, the history of philosophy and philosophy of animal death.