‘Soul Food Junkies': Filmmaker Byron Hurt examines African American foodways & health
February 7, 2013
In the new PBS film â€śSoul Food Junkies,â€ť Newark, NJ-based filmmaker BYRON HURT sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Hurtâ€™s exploration was inspired by his fatherâ€™s lifelong love affair with the high-fat, calorie-rich traditional soul food diet and his unwillingness to give it up even in the face of a life-threatening health crisis. Hurt discovers that the relationship between African Americans and culinary dishes like ribs, grits, and fried chicken is culturally based, deep-rooted, complex, and often deadly. Hurt joins us before a screening tonight at Community College of Philadelphiaâ€™s Bonnell Auditorium.
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