READ: How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America
Using groundbreaking research and her own experiences as a biracial, South Asian American woman, sociologist and ethnographer Priya Fielding-Singh examines how inequality manifests in the way people eat. Through profiles of four families from various educational, economic, and racial and ethnic backgrounds, Fielding-Singh dispels the myth that access to healthy food is the only challenge to eating well. Instead, she outlines how racial stereotypes, the pressure to adhere to societal norms, and other cultural factors can affect food choices and lead to nutritional and health disparities. Published by Little, Brown Spark
Following the stories of several students in Prairie View A&M University’s 300-member marching band, this docuseries from The CW television network provides a behind-the-scenes look at competitive band culture at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Over eight episodes, “March” shows the students’ high-pressure journey trying to maintain a rigorous academic schedule while also meeting the demands of performing in the nation’s top-ranked HBCU band. In addition to chronicling the experiences of these students — who range from drum majors to flag team members.— the series also explores the marching band’s important role in the university’s history. Streaming on cwtv.com
In 2018, a video showed high school students in the quiet suburb of Southlake, Texas, chanting the N-word, which led Black residents to speak out about their own experiences with racist harassment and bullying. After the school district vowed to make changes and introduced a Cultural Competence Action Plan, backlash swept through the town — turning it into a battleground for the critical race theory debate. Through investigative reporting and personal interviews, this six-part podcast series documents how diversity education became the catalyst for major conflict in a town that seemed idyllic on the surface. Available on all major podcast apps●
This article was published in our April 2022 issue.