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Educational Resources

This page houses a list of videos, podcasts, articles and cookbooks by or about BIPOC wellness educators, makers and thought leaders. 

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We will be updating this guide regularly, so please send us any suggestions via DM @thejoyalife

What to Watch

Black Food Folks 
Community discussions among chefs, pastry chefs, event planners, food writers, and culinary historians on Instagram Live/IGTV

What to Listen To

Hosts of the Food Heaven Podcast
Photo By Food Heaven

Call Your Girlfriend Podcast
Co-founded by Aminatou Sow, a podcast that celebrates sisterhood, and being a woman through experiences and humanity, while recognizing the importance of having a tribe around you. "In fact, this support system is what proves to be a key factor in the success (and sanity) of black women"

Communal Table Podcast 
Devita Davison Talks About Food Apartheid, Farming, and Fixing a Broken System

Hot Grease: Soul Summit '15 
A Conversation about Race & Food

TASTE Podcast with JJ Johnson 
James Beard Award winning chef and author best known for cooking the food of the African Diaspora

The Food Heaven Podcast
 - Registered dietitian nutritionists Wendy Lopez and Jessica Jones talk to different health & nutrition experts about how we can live healthier, more balanced lives

What to Read

Korsha Wilson sitting at a table
Photo of Korsha Wilson by Celeste Noche Photography


A Critic for All Seasons - What would restaurant criticism look like if it represented diners like me? (Korsha Wilson)

Addressing the Root Causes of Food Insecurity in the U.S.—Disparities and Discrimination (S. Evans)

Cookbooks, Not Restaurants, Are Giving Black Foodways An Identity (Therese Nelson)

Dear White Chefs: Stop Talking, Start Listening (Korsha Wilson)

Getting at the Roots of Food Insecurity in America ( Children's Health Watch)

I need to talk to spiritual white women about white supremacy (Part One) and (Part Two) (Layla F. Saad)

Structural Racialization and Food Insecurity in the United States (E. Elsheikh and N.Barhoum)

The pathology of American racism is making the pathology of the coronavirus worse (S. Patton)

The Racial Time Bomb in the Covid-19 Crisis (Charles M. Blow)

We Started in the Same Fashion as the Black Panthers: Feeding Our People (Candice Elder)

Why We're Overdue For More Diversity In The Wellness Space (Briana Owens)

Yoga: How White People can Respect what was Never Theirs to Begin With (M. Butler and S. Price)


Own Your Glow: A Soulful Guide to Luminous Living and Crowning the Queen Within (Latham Thomas)


7 Black Women Changing The Way We Look At Wellness (Kimberly Wilson)

Briana Owens, Founder of Spiked Spin, is Making Fitness More Accessible and Inclusive For Black Women (Siraad Dirshe)

She Rewrote the History of American Cooking (Therese Nelson, about Toni Tipton-Martin)

She Was a Soul Food Sensation. Then, 19 Years Ago, She Disappeared. (Mayukh Sen, about Princess Pamela) 



Artisan Bryan (Sourdough Baking) (Bryan Ford)

Black Girl Baking
 (James Beard Award nominated) (Jerrelle Guy)

Brown Sugar Kitchen - New-Style, Down-Home Recipes from Sweet West Oakland (Tanya Holland)

Cooking Solo - The Fun of Cooking for Yourself (Klancy Miller)

Cooking with my Mother (Haitian cooking) (Elsy Dinvil)

In Bibi’s Kitchen (a collection of stories and recipes from bibis (grandmothers) in eight African countries) (Hawa Hassan & Julia Turshen)

Living Lively (plant-based) (Haile Thomas) 

Princess Pamela's Soul Food Cookbook: A Mouth-Watering Treasury of Afro-American Recipes (Princess Pamela)

Rachel Ama’s Vegan Eats (Rachel Ama)

Sweet Potato Soul (vegan Southern food) (Jenné Claiborne) 

The Africa Cookbook - Tastes of a Continent (Jessica B. Harris)

The Dooky Chase Cookbook (Creole recipes) (Leah Chase)

The New Way to Cake (Benjamina Ebuehi)

The Up South Cookbook (Nicole Taylor)

Vegetable Kingdom (Bryant Terry)

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen (Zoe Adjonyoh)

Wellness Events

Pillow Talk Sessions - An intimate conversation series honoring curious minds, community, and food & feelings in a safe and open space

The Sister Table - food brand and brunch club which encourages women from all backgrounds to come together and have meaningful dining experiences

Well Summit 
Weekend-long wellness events


Rachel Cargle's 30-day Do The Work course

Black Owned Bookstores

Photo by Semicolon Bookstore

Cafe Con Libros- Feminist Bookstore 
Feminist community bookstore and coffeeshop catering to folks who are book lovers, coffee aficionados, or both. Located in Brooklyn, NY

Harriet’s Bookshop
Independent bookshop and writing space celebrating female writers, activists and artists. Located in Philadelphia, PA

Loyalty Bookstore
Offers a selection of books that highlight the diverse voices and creatives that make our communities great. Located in Washington, DC

Mahogany Books
Dedicated to meeting the literary needs of readers in search of books written for, by, or about people of African Diaspor
a. Located in Washington, DC

Semicolon Bookstore
Black Women-owned safe space that was created to merge minds through books and art alike. Located in Chicago, IL

Sistah Sci Fi 
Cauldron of all things afro-futurism, mysticism, science fiction, voodoo, magical realism, speculative fiction and horror- casting spells to uplift literature written by Black women

The LIT Bar
Haven that inspires reading, encourages healthy social connections, highlights diverse voices and increases intellectual visibility. Located in the Bronx, NY

Uncle Bobbie’s
Community space designed for sharing, building, earning, laughing, debating, eating and building. Coffee shop and bookstore in Philadelphia, PA

Other Educational Sources

Black Culinary History (website) 
A place for preserving and paying homage to Black culinary heritage while supporting the work that will build Black culinary future through storytelling and archiving


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