In honor of Black History Month, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” is highlighting 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 more prone to developing health issues such as heart disease and diabetes than other groups.
According to 2019 data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Black women are two times more likely than white women to be diagnosed with or die from Type 2 diabetes. Additionally, compared to white women, Black women lead in rates of high blood pressure, stroke, and heart disease. This is why Black Girls Cook has been empowering and inspiring 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.
The nonprofit’s recipes are infused with lessons about Black Diaspora history, giving the girls a glimpse into why certain foods are important for their community and breaking down stereotypes around them. By the end of the three-week program, the girls not only learn to cook cultural meals like chicken pot pie and spiced pumpkin bread but also 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 not only learn how to make a rotisserie chicken and watermelon salad but also explore the invaluable contributions of the Black community to the world of food. Through these classes, we hope to inspire future generations of African Americans to continue making positive changes within their communities.