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‘Soul Food Junkies’: Filmmaker Byron Hurt examines African American foodways & health

February 7, 2013

In the new PBS film “Soul Food Junkies,” 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. Hurt’s exploration was inspired by his father’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 Philadelphia’s Bonnell Auditorium.

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