Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Food Choice and Obesity in Black America: Creating a New Cultural Diet - New Online Presentation

Several months ago, I was invited to Mount Holyoke College (MASS) to take part in their annual lecture series. I participated with another colleague in their "Food and Culture Matters: Health Epidemics in African American Communities" symposium. In an earlier blog, I documented my activities at this outstanding event.

Recently, I received an announcement that my presentation associated with the event is now online and available for viewing. If you would like to view my presentation and the major issues that I highlighted during my 10 minute talk, here is the link:

After your viewing, please share your comments and send them to: I appreciate your feedback and look forward to your insightful, professional comments.

Friday, July 08, 2011


I am delighted, overjoyed, and relieved that my new book entitled, "The New Face of America: How the Emerging Multiracial, Multiethnic Majority is Changing the United States," is completed. I finished writing the manuscript on June 25th and it was another great journey of learning, researching, interviewing and sharing information about individuals who identify themselves as multiracial. Those who identify themselves as "multiracial" have finally been officially recognized again by our 2010 U.S. Census and the census data findings definitely show that multiracial populations have dramatically increased during the past decade. The increased numbers are not only surprising to demographers, scholars and researchers but also the general public!

In my new book, I share with you the values, beliefs, traditions, patterns and cultural history of multiracials in America. Unfortunately, their issues and lifestyles have been overlooked in our country for years, yet now is the time to correct our misconceptions and stereotypes about multiracials and truly appreciate how they are changing America now and particularly in the near future.

My new book is scheduled to be released in March 2012! Over the next several months, I will give you updates of the book's publicity and prepromotional activities. It will be published by the international publisher -- ABC-CLIO (Praeger Publishers) and I have been fortunate to publish other books with them.

To check out my publisher's early promotional book flyer, here is the link:

After review, feel free to send me an email ( and let me know your thoughts and comments. Feel free also to pre-order my new book at ABC-CLIO publishers.

Enjoy Your Summer and Change is Coming!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Presentation on "Food and Culture" in African American Communities - Mount Holyoke College

On Monday, March 7th, I was a part of a panel discussion at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts for their Food Series 2010-2011 talking about my 2006 book "Food Choice and Obesity in Black America: Creating a New Cultural Diet." I joined Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson in this panel discussion. We discussed how food, diet, and culture can address health epidemics such as obesity and diabetes among African Americans. Our panel discussion occurred on Monday evening.

This event was organized in the following format. Dr. James Harold (Director & Organizer of the event) introduced the entire panel of experts: Cristina I. Huebner Torres (Moderator), Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson and myself. All of us gave 10 minute presentations of our research related to Food and Culture. Of course, during my presentation, I had to turn up the energy and present my talk the way that I normally present -- "High Energy and Direct." Then we sat down in front of the auditorium audience of students and fielded questions.

All of the questions were challenging and thought-provoking. It was fun answering their questions because it made me think and express new ways to highlight the significance of culture to our food preferences.

In addition to our panel discussion, Dr. Williams-Forson and I participated in Student Leadership Seminar entitled, "Cultural Intelligence and Resourceful Leadership in African American Communities" earlier in the day and this event was very engaging with a select number of students.

Overall, the entire two days that I spent traveling (driving), presenting and meeting all the staff, faculty and students associated with Mount Holyoke College was a very enjoyable, enlightening, relaxing and intellectually-stimulating event. This was the first time that I had the chance to visit this part of the country and I loved it! I truly appreciated the invitation and the pleasure to get to meet new students and professionals!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Presented at North Carolina State University for the Minority Interest Pre-Health Club

On Monday, February 28th, I was invited by North Carolina State University's Minority Interest Pre-Health Club to give a talk on my research on health disparities. The title of my presentation was, "How to Solve and Eliminate Health Disparities."

The actual invitation came from their president -- Mr. Johnathan Hilbert -- with assistance from Toni Thorpe, the African American Cultural Center, my talk was apart of the distinguishable 2011 Lawrence M. Clark Lecture series at NC State. In fact, the entire Minority Interest Pre-Health club organized an outstanding event which included a special ceremony at the beginning of the event, the presentation and then the dinner. In addition, I met the first president of the club -- Mr. Anthony Kulukulualani -- who established the club.

Overall, the event was outstanding and well-organized. I was quite impressed and appreciated all the extra effort from the organizers, the audience members and the faculty who attended the event during this rainy night. I commend their efforts, insight and future endeavors because I can tell that these young professionals have an outstanding career before them.

Friday, January 07, 2011


It's a brand new year and as a Medical and Cultural Anthropologist, it's time for a new research project. One of my new research projects for the year involves learning about multiracial groups in the United States. Surprisingly with all the new data coming from our recent U.S. Census reporting, there is still very little information on the issues related to multiracial populations in the United States. This simply does not make sense! It is 2011 and our country know little about all the various multiracial groups in the U.S.. Why is this?

I am therefore beginning my own long-term research, book project to learn more about multiracial groups in America. The book project is entitled:

"The New Face of America: How the Emerging Multiracial, Multiethnic Majority is Changing the United States"

In fact, I have contacted a number of professional organizations whose members are multiracial to find out if they are willing to share information about their issues. So hopefully, if there are individuals who are willing to share their multiracial story with me, please feel free to contact me at: to receive a brief open-ended, qualitative questionnaire.

This is my first step into this very significant human rights issue!