Soul Food Junkies

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  • About the Film

    Fried chicken on a baking tray

    Food traditions are hard to change, especially when they're passed on from generation to generation. Baffled by his dad's unwillingness to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, filmmaker Byron Hurt sets out to learn more about this rich culinary tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity.

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  • Interview with Soul Food Junkies Director Byron Hurt

    Filmmaker Byron Hurt smiles for the camera

    We sat down with Byron Hurt (Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes) to discuss his new film and how his father’s health issues inspired him to make the film, and his hopes for the film’s impact on the health of future generations.

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  • 8 Healthy Soul Food Recipes

    rich green collards with raisins

    Soul food can be delicious and healthy, too! Here are eight delectable, healthy, soul-food-inspired recipes — good for body and soul.

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  • The Green Book That Kept Black Travelers Safe

    The cover of an issue of the segregation era Green Book for African American motorists

    Hardly anyone knows about The Green Book now, but from 1936 to 1964, it was an essential publication for African Americans who hoped to travel safely. The book listed businesses that welcomed blacks during a time when segregation and Jim Crow laws often made travel difficult — and sometimes dangerous.

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  • Food Deserts: Is Hope More than a Mirage?

    A map of the United States displaying areas designated as food deserts

    More than 13 million Americans live in food deserts — areas with little or no access to healthy food. Fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat can feel like far-off mirages, and residents tend to have high levels of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. But hope may be blooming for a better, healthier future.

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  • Talkback

    Corn bread with butter

    Many of us enjoy foods that are based on tradition and culture, but may not be the healthiest choices. Have you been faced with the decision to sacrifice family favorites in order to treat your body right?

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