Hi, my name is Miranda…..and I’m a soul food junkie.
Yeah, I admit it. I love mac n cheese, greens (all of them, don’t cur), cornbread, sweet potatoes, rice with heavy gravy, diabetic tea…yeah, gimme all that. So thank you Bryon for at least waiting until after the New Year to chastise those like me and premiering your new documentary!
Documentary tackles Soul Food and Health
Consider it good timing that Byron Hurt’s documentary “Soul Food Junkies” airs in Atlanta after the holidays, when many people pledge to get healthier in the new year.
In his new project, Hurt hurls stones at a few of the sacred cows of soul food — fried chicken, rich macaroni and cheese, and collard greens with a dollop of grease or a slice (or two) of fatback for seasoning.
While tasty, they’re not exactly at the top of the list of heart-healthy foods. At least, not the way they’ve traditionally been prepared in many African-American kitchens.
“I’m not throwing soul food under the bus,” Hurt said. “That’s not what this film is about. I love my culture and I understand that culturally our history is rich. This film talks about the unhealthier aspects of soul food.”
He wanted to start a discussion about health and diet with the film, which will be shown later this month on Georgia Public Broadcasting.
Jenga and Her Grandmother, Aline (“Soul Food Junkies” Outtake)
Read more about Byron’s journey to save us from ourselves here!