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02/26/2016 03:37 pm ET

10 Black Celebs You Probably Didn't Know Were Vegan

From Prince to Russell Simmons, these stars are vegan and proud.

Veganism, a diet that consists of zero animal products, is everywhere lately. Vegan cookbooks and products are sprouting up all over and even Ben & Jerry's recently introduced vegan ice cream. Plus, more and more celebs are coming forward as proud vegans. 

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has followed the diet for 18 years and credits it as the reason behind his great health and feeling good. And he's not alone: Mike Tyson and Venus Williams enjoy the completely meat-free and dairy-free diet, too. 

Check out this list of famous black vegans -- some of these may surprise you. 

  • Russell Simmons
    The hip-hop mogul has&nbsp;been vegan for nearly two decades&nbsp;and recently wrote a book on the subject titled&nbsp;<i><a
    Fred Prouser / Reuters
    The hip-hop mogul has been vegan for nearly two decades and recently wrote a book on the subject titled The Happy Vegan.
  • Erykah Badu
    The music legend has been&nbsp;open for years about her commitment to living a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02
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    The music legend has been open for years about her commitment to living a holistic lifestyle and vegan eating.
  • Waka Flocka Flame
    The Atlanta rapper recently turned to a <a href="https://munchies.vice.com/en/articles/waka-flocka-flames-vegan-blueberry-muf
    Eduardo Munoz / Reuters
    The Atlanta rapper recently turned to a vegan diet to help him lose weight.
  • Venus Williams
    The pro-tennis player <a href="http://www.refinery29.com/2015/07/90800/venus-williams-workout-interview" target="_blank">went
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    The pro-tennis player went vegan shortly after she was diagnosed with Sjögren's syndrome, an autoimmune disorder .
  • Mike Tyson
    The former boxer&nbsp;claims he <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc-DeGEXAmM" target="_blank">lost over 100 pounds</a
    Jean-Paul Pelissier / Reuters
    The former boxer claims he lost over 100 pounds after becoming a vegan.
  • RZA
    The&nbsp;openly vegan Wu Tang member said in a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/12/01/wu-tang-rza-vegan-peta-_n_
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    The openly vegan Wu Tang member said in a video for PETA that he refuses to eat a "dead animal."
  • Raury
    The singer-songwriter was recently in a hilarious v<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_RoKIMyP80" target="_blank">egan
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    The singer-songwriter was recently in a hilarious vegan cooking video with fellow Atlanta native Waka Flocka Flame, where he praised the benefits of a vegan diet.
  • Chaka Khan
    The R&amp;B legend credits her 60-pound weight loss to a <a href="http://www.centrictv.com/life-love/health-fitness/articles/
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    The R&B legend credits her 60-pound weight loss to a strictly vegan diet.
  • Prince
    The music icon is a <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/prince-is-voted-sexiest-vegetarian/" target="_blank">strict vegan</a
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    The music icon is a strict vegan and was even voted "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" by PETA in 2006. 
  • Kimberly Elise
    The actress <a href="http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/kimberly-elise-vegan/" target="_blank">told PETA</a> she was ve
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    The actress told PETA she was vegetarian for 10 years before she decided to take on the "full vegan" lifestyle. 
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