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Empowering Inner-City African American Girls Through Culinary Arts and Urban Farming: The Black Girls Cook Initiative Celebrates Black History Month

ByEditor

Feb 11, 2024
Black Girls Cook: Celebrating the Nourishment and Cultural Heritage of the Black Diaspora – NBC 6 South Florida

As part of Black History Month, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” is highlighting remarkable individuals who are making a positive impact in the African American community.

Nicole Mooney, the founder of Black Girls Cook, recognized that African American women in her community were at higher risk for health issues such as heart disease and diabetes. This led her to establish the nonprofit organization with a mission to empower and inspire inner-city adolescent Black girls ages 8-15 through culinary arts and urban farming. By emphasizing Black Diaspora cultural histories and food practices, the program infuses its recipes with lessons about the significance of this particular food within the community. Over three weeks, the girls not only learn to cook cultural meals like chicken pot pie and spiced pumpkin bread but also how to make health-conscious choices.

Black Girls Cook has partnered with The Miami Dade Library System to host a series of Black History-themed cooking classes this month. Participants will have the opportunity to make a rotisserie chicken and watermelon salad while exploring the valuable contributions made by the Black community to the world of food. Through these classes, not only will participants gain new skills but also gain knowledge about their heritage and how it influences their daily lives.

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