Is There Mac-and-Cheese Rehab?

Byron Hurt's film Soul Food Junkies encourages blacks to eat cultural delicacies in moderation.

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While I strongly recommend that people see Soul Food Junkies, I'm actually more excited about the possibilities this film creates for future exploration of the topic. I'm excited about the young filmmakers who will see the space that Hurt has created and will desire to pick up the ball and keep running, examining in greater depth the health disparities within communities of color in America.

Soul Food Junkies is a love letter from a black son to his black father, with the backdrop of a discussion of black health and food justice. The documentary is less heady than some, but its more palatable presentation will hopefully engage, entertain and educate. 

Soul Food Junkies will be screened on Thurs., Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. in New York City at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th St. There will be a live performance by Dead Prez and a panel that includes Sonia Sanchez, Marc Lamont Hill, Byron Hurt and others.

Elon James White is a writer and satirist and host of the award-winning video and radio series This Week in Blackness. Listen Monday to Thursday at TWIB.FM and subscribe on iTunes. Follow him on TwitterFacebookGoogle+ and Tumblr.

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