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Film Fri Nov 16 2012

Soul Food Junkies

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner; and while it is indeed a holiday to spend quality time with family and to give thanks, for many people, it's also a time to do some serious eating.

But for many African-Americans, that "serious eating" can lead to serious health concerns--and not only just during the holiday season, but also on a more regular, full-time basis. In Byron Hurt's award-winning documentary Soul Food Junkies, the culinary tradition of African-Americans is examined, with an emphasis on the history of [cooking] soul food, as well as the socioeconomic conditions that are deemed contributing factors to a lifestyle of unhealthy eating.

When it came to making Soul Food Junkies, Hurt was inspired by his "father's lifelong love affair with the high-fat, calorie-rich, traditional soul food diet" and through a series of investigations, interviews with soul food cooks and sociologists, he learned that the relationship between African-Americans and soul food "is deep-rooted, complex and often fatal." In addition, the documentary explores the "food desert" problem that is pervasive in black neighborhoods across the country, and the "pioneers in the emerging food justice movement" who are advocating for more healthy food options in the community.

See Soul Food Junkies at the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., this Sunday, November 18, at 3pm. Hurt, along with community health activist Dara Cooper, University of Chicago's Doriane Miller, MD and Sheelah Muhammad, will host a panel discussion after the screening. Admission is free and open to the public; for more information, call 773-702-8063.

See clip from Soul Food Junkies:

"Soul Food Junkies" 2012 Trailer from Byron Hurt on Vimeo. / February 24, 2014 1:14 AM

Mozza specialized in Mozzarella but they also have some pretty amazing Italian food, too. This great restaurant welcomes all of the Monaco F1 racing fans and will usually have some pretty cool deals waiting for them, too. There is a Mozzarella bar inside of Mozza, and this also happens to be their specialty. Try it out.

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