In honor of Black History Month, The Kelly Clarkson Show is shining a light on remarkable people 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 such as heart disease and diabetes due to their dietary habits.
According to 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 a nonprofit that empowers and inspires 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 recipes infused with lessons about Black Diaspora history to break down stereotypes around food. By the end of the three-week program, the girls not only learn how to cook cultural meals such as chicken pot pie and spiced pumpkin bread but also how to make health-conscious decisions. To celebrate Black History Month, Black Girls Cook has partnered with The Miami Dade Library System to host a series of cooking classes that explore the valuable contributions of the Black community to the world of food. Participants will learn how to make rotisserie chicken and watermelon salad while discovering more about their heritage through food.