As part of Black History Month, “The Kelly Clarkson Show” is highlighting exceptional individuals who are making a difference in the African American community.
Nicole Mooney, founder of Black Girls Cook, recognized that African American women in her community were at a higher risk for health issues such as heart disease and diabetes compared to other groups. She believed that a healthier diet could help improve the situation and started the nonprofit to 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 breaking down stereotypes around food by infusing recipes with lessons about Black Diaspora history. The three-week program not only teaches the girls how to cook cultural meals like chicken pot pie and spiced pumpkin bread but also encourages them 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 learn how to make a rotisserie chicken and watermelon salad while exploring the invaluable contributions of the Black community to the world of food.