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Film On Soul Food To Be Screened in Mount Vernon

Filmmaker Byron Hurt will be screening "Soul Food Junkies" at the Mount Vernon Armory on Friday afternoon.
Filmmaker Byron Hurt will be screening "Soul Food Junkies" at the Mount Vernon Armory on Friday afternoon. Photo Credit: www.bhurt.com

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - The Mount Vernon Armory will be screening "Soul Food Junkies," an hour-long film, on Friday afternoon.

A news release by the city for the film says the movie is a documentary by filmmaker Byron Hurt which showcases the love affair African-Americans have with soul food.

"Deeply steeped in West African cuisine and often made with leftover foods by slaves on plantations, soul food gained popularity during the 1960s when African-American culture was being explored across the United States and the world," a news release about the film says.

"The film additionally explores the health advantages and disadvantages of soul food, which tends to be very high in starch, fat, sodium, cholesterol and calories," according to the release.

Hurt, a former quarterback for Northeastern University in Boston, is a founding member of the Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, which raises rape and domestic violence awareness for college and professional athletes. Hurt previously served as an associate director of the first gender violence prevention program in the U.S. Marine Corps.

The film will be screened at 1 p.m. at the Mount Vernon Armory, located at 144 N. 5th Ave. For more information call (914) 665-2315.

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