Bell Hooks, pioneer black feminist and social critic, dies

Bell Hooks, a feminist and pioneer black woman, has passed away this Wednesday at his home in Berea (Kentucky) at the age of 69, according to the American university Berea College. The author dedicated her life to writing and discussing race, gender and class in the U.S.

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Born in Hopkinsville, Ky. and originally called Gloria Jean Watkins -a pseudonym of her great-grandmother Bell Blair Hooks-, she was poet, memoir author, social critic and teacher.

Raised in a racially segregated town in rural Kentucky, Dr. Hooks became one of the feminist writers and theorists most outstanding of his generation.

Wrote more than 30 books, with a mix of content personal and political They ended in essays examining Madonna’s music videos, the portrayal of African Americans in film, and the nature of love. Among them are the hits ‘Am I not a woman ?: New visions’ (from 1999), ‘Feminism is for everyone’ (2000) or ‘The will to change’ (2004), which represent triple segregation that lived in their skin – of race, gender and class.

He also worked with the redefinition of feminism, the broadening of the movement that often targeted primarily white, middle- and upper-class mothers and wives.

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In 2017 Bell dedicated his work to the university of Berea College so that the future generations could know his work and the impact it had on issues of race, gender, place, class, and sexuality.

The following year she was inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. And, the Executive Director of the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, Neil Chethik, stated that “Bell Hooks is one of the most influential cultural critiques of our time“.” Got a worldwide audience for over 40 years with unique knowledge on topics such as love, race and power, “he concluded.

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