Independent Lens: Soul Food Junkies
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Independent Lens: Soul Food Junkies

Monday, May 20 at 10:30 p.m.

Soul food is a quintessential American cuisine, with a rich history and an abiding significance for black cultural identity.

But with its celebration of all things fried and smothered, it has also had lasting effects on the health of African Americans.

Join filmmaker Byron Hurt for a look at soul food: from its roots in Western Africa to its incarnation in the American South to its contribution to modern health crises in communities of color. “Soul Food Junkies” also looks at the socioeconomics of the American diet, and how the food industry profits from making calories cheap, but healthy options expensive and hard to find.