bell hooks Interviews Kevin Powell on Black Masculinity

21 Dec

Over the weekend I listened to the below interview sponsored by my alma mater, The New School. bell hooks (my favorite feminist social critic) interviewed author and activist Kevin Powell, focusing specifically on black masculinity as discussed in Powell’s recent memoir The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood.

There were so many nuggets of wisdom that I took away from their discussion. In all honesty, most of them don’t focus on black masculinity. I’ve included them below and yes they’re all bell hooks quotes. What can I say? I’m fascinated by her simple candor.

Girl, get your money straight.   

He listens when I critique him.  -hooks on her relationship with Kevin Powell

We all think that we can be loving even as we hold onto all of this toxic energy and toxic stuff. 

I’m fed up with images of black women that are diminished and degraded.  -hooks on why she didn’t see the film Straight Outta Compton

I don’t have to be angry to be clear.  

Emotionally intelligent  (I absolutely love this term.)

I don’t think we can have revolution without humor. 

Here’s the interview below in its entirety. It’s worth the listen.

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