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Take Me Home: AHA EmPOWERED To Serve Ambassador, Shanti Das, Featured in Film Festival

A video featuring former music industry executive Shanti Das was shown at the Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival last week on Wednesday. The festival highlights notable feature, documentary and short films produced by and starring African-Americans worldwide.


Last week, the Martha's Vineyard African-American Film Festival showed episode 1 of Take Me Home, featuring Atlanta-based EmPOWERED To Serve ambassador, Shanti Das. In this episode, she discusses how she grew up in Peyton Forest, a food desert outside of Atlanta, Georgia and how living in a community without easy access to healthy food options drives a lot of health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke in her community.

The Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival also known as "The Summer's Finest Film Festival" is now entering its 15th year on Martha's Vineyard. They have screened and promoted some of the most outstanding and emerging feature, documentary and short films produced by and starring African-Americans from across the world. The majority of screenings and events take place at Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center (MVPAC) in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts. The festival runs through Saturday.

Why this matters ...

  • This documentary sheds light on how living in a food desert can negatively affect health, which is why our work to increase access to healthy foods is so critical.
  • Among Non-Hispanic blacks age 20 and older, 44.9 percent of men and 46.1 percent of women have high blood pressure.
  • Blacks have a risk of first-ever stroke that is almost twice that of whites.
  • Consuming healthier foods can reduce the risks of heart disease and stroke, but it's not just about choices. It's about access.

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