Byron Hurt is a nationally acclaimed activist and filmmaker.
Blog Post List
August 19, 2016
To all victims and survivors of sexual violence, I hate that you have been, once again, re-traumatized by the force of patriarchy. I see the many statuses, comments, blogs, and articles in my timeline, and I am reading and digesting them. I completely understand why you are now either conflicted, or clear, about whether or not you will support Nate Parker's film The Birth of a Nation – a biopic about the Nat Turner led rebellion, that, by many accounts, brilliantly features resistance to racial oppression. With a film premiere on the horizon about enslaved Africans who rebelled against an...
December 6, 2012
As a food justice activist and the director and producer of the upcoming PBS documentary Soul Food Junkies, I’m thrilled to introduce this MomsRising Blog Carnival – Healthy Holiday Food: It’s not a contradiction! The food we eat at home, work and school is as critically important as the air we breathe. What better time to have this discussion than during the holiday season. In most communities across the country, regardless of race, class, or ethnicity, THE HOLIDAYS mean FOOD. Enjoy the MomsRising.org Healthy Holiday Food blog carnival posts below, including my post about Soul Food Junkies,...
December 6, 2012
The food we eat is as critically important as the air we breathe. That is why I made the documentary film, Soul Food Junkies. It is time that we start to have honest conversations about our food, the rising obesity crisis, and the negative impacts on the health of our families. What better time to have this discussion than during the holiday season. In most communities across the country, regardless of race, class, or ethnicity, THE HOLIDAYS mean FOOD. The discovery of links between our food and our health has been a long and painful journey for me. My father's diagnosis of pancreatic cancer...
September 6, 2012
My new documentary film, Soul Food Junkies made its New York City premiere last week at the highly esteemed cultural and performing arts institution, Lincoln Center. The film debut was a standing room only, completely sold out event . It was memorable and amazing! The level of interest and excitement in a film that focused on food, culture, health and wellness was extremely high. The movie ended with a thought-provoking panel discussion with activist and poet, Sonia Sanchez; television personality and author, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill; New York City’s Assistant Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aletha...
April 20, 2012
In 2007, my father passed away from pancreatic cancer. One of the many factors leading to pancreatic cancer is a high fat, meat-based diet. My father’s diet consisted of both. While I am not certain that my father’s diet alone contributed to his disease, his illness capped off what had been my lifelong concern for him: his health . From the earliest time that I can remember, my father was overweight. He loved to eat and he particularly loved soul food. He also loved fast food and sugary desserts, like many people do. Growing up, I wanted to be just like my father so I ate what he ate: grits...