Independent Lens: Soul Food Junkies
Airs Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published January 11, 2013 at 10:22 a.m., updated May 17, 2013 at 1:02 p.m.
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"Soul Food Junkies" - 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.