In honor of Black History Month, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” is shining a light on remarkable individuals who are making a difference in the African American community. One such organization is Black Girls Cook, which was founded by Nicole Mooney with the realization that African American women in her community were at a higher risk for health issues like heart disease and diabetes due to their dietary habits.
According to 2019 data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Black women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with or die from Type 2 diabetes compared to white women. They also lead in rates of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. This prompted Mooney to create an initiative that would empower and inspire inner-city adolescent Black girls ages 8-15 through culinary arts and urban farming with an emphasis on Black Diaspora cultural histories and food practices.
For the past decade, Black Girls Cook has been providing opportunities for these girls to learn about their community’s rich culinary heritage while also breaking down stereotypes surrounding food choices. The recipes they learn are infused with lessons about Black Diaspora history, giving them a deeper understanding of why certain foods hold importance within their community. By the end of the three-week program, the girls not only gain cooking skills but also develop healthy eating habits.
As part of its ongoing efforts to promote healthy lifestyles among African Americans, 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 chance to learn how to make rotisserie chicken and watermelon salad while exploring the significant contributions made by the Black community to the world of food. Through these classes, Mooney hopes