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January 3, 2013

'Soul Food Junkies'

TRAVERSE CITY — The Community Cinema Series presented by CMU Public Television will present "Soul Food Junkies" today at 7 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium at the Dennos Museum Center.

Filmmaker Byron Hurt grew up eating lots of soul food: grits and scrambled eggs covered with cheese, buttered biscuits smothered with gravy, bacon, collard greens seasoned with ham hocks, fried pork chops, macaroni and cheese, deep-fried chicken, fried fish and other delicious but fatty foods right out of the black southern tradition.

In "Soul Food Junkies," Hurt sets out on a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians and scholars, as well as with doctors, family members and everyday people, the film puts this culinary tradition under the microscope to examine the consequences.

There is no charge to attend. A panel discussion will follow the film.

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