Comedian and Social Activist Dick Gregory speaks onstage at the Independent Lens ‘Soul Food Junkies’ panel during day 1 of the PBS portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California

*Dick Gregory opened up the 2012 Summer TCA Press Tour in Beverly Hills Saturday morning with comments about how soul food is killing us.

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“Until we learn about the human body…we go to Harvard, Yale, Howard to learn how to make a living. But the universal God force that created us don’t give a damn about you learning how to make a living,” said the 79-year-old comedian and activist, who tells his personal journey toward healthier food in the upcoming PBS Independent Lens film “Soul Food Junkies.”

(L-R) Comedian and Social Activist Dick Gregory, host Mary-Louise Parker and filmmaker Byron Hurt speak onstage at the Independent Lens ‘Soul Food Junkies’ panel during day 1 of the PBS portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 23, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California

From producer/director Byron Hurt (“Beyond Beats and Rhymes”), the documentary uses history and humor to examine this bittersweet culinary tradition, its roots in slavery, the scarcity of healthy food in America’s inner cities and much more.

“If we don’t learn how to live, you can have 12 doctorate degrees and be dead at 35,” said Gregory.

He continues below, and explains why his food journey has him “really angry at white folks.”

“Soul Food Junkies” will premiere on PBS in January. Watch the trailer below.