“The Kelly Clarkson Show” is celebrating Black History Month by highlighting remarkable individuals who are making a positive impact in the African American community.
Black Girls Cook was established by Nicole Mooney, who noticed that African American women in her community were more susceptible to health issues such as heart disease and diabetes. She recognized the potential for a healthier diet to improve their situation.
According to 2019 data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Black women are twice as likely as white women to be diagnosed with or die from Type 2 diabetes. Additionally, rates of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease are higher in Black women when compared to white women.
For the past ten years, Black Girls Cook has been empowering and inspiring Black girls aged 8-15 in urban areas through culinary arts and urban farming, with a focus on Black Diaspora cultural histories and food practices.
The organization’s recipes incorporate lessons about Black Diaspora history, offering insights into the importance of these foods to their community and breaking down stereotypes.
Throughout the three-week program, the girls learn to cook cultural meals, as well as how to make health-conscious decisions.
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 learn how to make a rotisserie chicken and watermelon salad while exploring the significant contributions of the Black community to the world of food.