Eating While Young and Black

In cities across the United States, Black youth and their families navigate gentrification and displacement. Set in one of the fastest growing, most segregated cities in the nation, EWYB writings are based on Naya's dissertation and on Food for Black Thought's work with organizations.

From 2012-2016, Naya conducted participatory research with African-American and Afro-Latinx teens to explore food in their gentrifying neighborhood. Grounded in black geographies and critical food studies, the project looked at food critically and socially, including the effects of racism on health, racial identities and food, food networks, and Black food knowledge.

Most food research and policy emphasizes nutrition alone. By taking a social approach, EWYB writings (re)imagine Black food geographies as resourceful and dynamic, while exploring further possibilities for food justice.  



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Youth at FFBT

- Chapter -  

(Re)Visiting the Corner Store: Black Youth, Gentrification, and Food Sovereignty. Under Review.

- Journal Articles -  

"It Tastes Like Heaven": Critical and Embodied Food Pedagogies with Black Youth in the Anthropocene. Under Review.

Dying to Eat? Black Food Geographies. Forthcoming.