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Screenings are Free, Open to the Public

(Rochester, New York) December 26, 2012 – Byron Hurt’s documentary Soul Food Junkies kicks off WXXI’s African American Education Awareness Film Series at the Little Theatre on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 7 p.m. Hosted by WXXI in partnership with Pothos Productions, Freedom Trail Commission, WHTK-1280AM What’s Goin on with Brown & Allen, The Community Place of Greater Rochester and Threshold CAPP, the film series is a celebration of Black History Month. The screenings, followed by a panel discussion, are free and open to the public.

In Soul Food Junkie, audiences take a historical and culinary journey to learn more about the soul food tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Hurt’s exploration was inspired by his father’s lifelong love affair with the high-fat, calorie-rich traditional soul food diet and his unwillingness to give it up even in the face of a life-threatening health crisis. Hurt discovers that the relationship between African Americans and culinary dishes like ribs, grits, and fried chicken is culturally based, deep-rooted, complex, and often deadly. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with guests Wayne Lewis, Jesse Allen, and Tom Banister.

The second film featured in the series is The Powerbroker: Whitney Young’s Fight for Civil Rights, screening at the Little on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 7 p.m. The Powerbroker chronicles the public and private trials of a man navigating a divided society in an explosive time. Years in the making, The Powerbroker reveals a story that has been overlooked by history. Whitney Young’s niece, Emmy-award winning journalist Bonnie Boswell Hamilton, and her team have gathered never-before-seen archival footage, home movies, family photos, audio tapes of Young, as well as interviews with activists and scholars such as Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Vernon Jordan, Dorothy Height, Ossie Davis, and John Hope Franklin. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with guests Nancy Sung Shelton, William Clark and Dr. Leonard Brock.

WXXI's African American Educational Awareness Film Series is now in its 5th year. To learn more, visit:


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