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Nourishing Our Future: Reclaiming Nutrition and Nurturing in the African-American Community

By Diane “Netsa” Hodges



The consequences of neglecting nutrition and nurturing, in the African-American community, have become painfully evident. The lack of focus on these essential elements has had a profound impact on our children's well-being and future prospects. This H3O Art of Life Blog aims to shed light on the critical importance of nutrition and nurturing, particularly within the African-American community. By recognizing the challenges we face and emphasizing the power of positive dynamics, we can work together to create a brighter future for our children.

The Role of Nutrition in Empowering Our Minds:

Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the development and functionality of the frontal lobe, the region responsible for decision-making and cognitive abilities. Beginning in the womb, the nutrients received during pregnancy have a lasting impact on our children's brain development. By prioritizing access to healthy and nourishing food options, we can empower our minds and enable our children to reach their full potential.

Unveiling the Sinister Epigenetics:

Our children are not only products of their genetic makeup but also of the toxic influences that surround them. From toxic food to toxic media, peers, schools- and even parents- the list of detrimental influences is extensive. This toxic environment contributes to a cycle of negative outcomes, affecting the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being of our youth. It is crucial to address these influences and actively work towards creating a healthier, more nurturing environment.

Confronting the Consequences of Lawlessness:

The impact of neglecting nutrition and nurturing is evident in various forms of lawlessness that plague our community. Our young people are disproportionately affected, facing emotional turmoil, loss, and illiteracy. The prevalence of toxic lyrics that perpetuate a fatalistic mindset- not expecting to live past 25 years old- further exacerbates these issues. Additionally, the self-hatred that is ingrained in our youth, by all of these negative influences,leads to a destructive cycle of hatred towards others. It is high time we confront these challenges head-on.

Creating Positive Dynamics:

Despite the prevailing challenges, it is essential to acknowledge and celebrate the efforts of parents and children who actively create positive dynamics within our community. By prioritizing nutrition and nurturing, they serve as beacons of hope and resilience. Their commitment to making a heartfelt difference paves the way for a brighter future. Let us support and uplift those who strive to break the cycle, fostering a society where our children can thrive.


The African-American community is at a critical juncture where the impact of neglecting nutrition and nurturing cannot be ignored. By reclaiming the importance of proper nutrition, providing access to nourishing food options, and fostering a nurturing environment, we can empower our children and shape a better future. Let us come together, confront the challenges we face, and create positive dynamics that will uplift our community. Our children were built for greatness and it is our collective responsibility to ensure they have the tools and support to succeed. Together, we can nourish our future and make a lasting impact.

Recommended Viewing: 

Green Living: Living Green”, Featuring: Johari Cole and Louise Anthony 

Our Daily Bread; Featuring: Imani Barberousse

Recommended Reading:

Ancestor Dr. LIaila O.Afrika.  Nutricide; The Nutritional Destruction of the Black Race. 

—African Holistic Health

Why we must “Clear the Airwaves“

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