The Switch4Good Podcast

Plant-Based in the Black Community with The Invisible Vegan Filmmaker Jasmine Leyva

Dec 21, 2022

She’s a self-starter, she’s an activist, she’s a multi-hyphenate. Today’s guest, Jasmine Leyva, made her directing debut with the groundbreaking documentary The Invisible Vegan, which highlights her own journey with veganism while exploring the unknown history of plant-based eating directly linked to African roots. If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it immediately.

Vibrant, eloquent, and no-nonsense, Jasmine has appeared in front of the camera, starring in commercials for such brands as American Express, Nissan, Apple, and Sony, and behind the camera as associate producer of the NAACP award-winning docuseries Unsung, and producer/writer of the docuseries Being. She’s also producing the forthcoming documentary – Red Alert: The Fight Against Fibroids, which tackles the hard questions around fibroids and endometriosis, which we’re definitely looking forward to discussing today.

Listen to Episode 209 with Jasmine Leyva

What we discuss in this episode:

  • Jasmine Leyva’s upbringing and diet as a child
  • History and misconceptions of the African American diet
  • What inspired her transition to a vegan diet and the impact it had on her health and well-being
  • Her inspiration for making The Invisible Vegan
  • Her wisdom on how to spread the plant-based message
  • The impact of diet on fibroids
  • Her exciting upcoming projects!


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