Wow, just imagine a conversation between renowned author and intellectual bell hooks and professor, author and MSNBC show host Melissa Harris-Perry, two of our favorite humans. I’m here to tell you it just happened and it fucking blew my mind and my heart grew three sizes. The were invited to speak at The New School called “Black Female Voices: Who is Listening,” to have a public dialogue about “race, black womanhood, politics, media, and love” which means they extensively and articulately discussed dismantling — in hooks words — “imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.” Fuck yeah, I felt empowered by the end of watching an hour and a half conversation between two incredible, intellectual women of color. Topics ranged from talking about Michelle Obama’s image in the media as a black woman in power, the sentimental slave narrative in movies, being a low-income, single mother, and so much more.
Check out some of the tweets from the #nerdland and #bellhooksTNS hashtags for snippets of the conversation.
"To be a black woman writer in non-fiction and to be read is to be blessed and highly favored," bell hook #nerdland
— Jamilah King (@jamilahking) November 8, 2013
"White women have been complicit in this imperialist white supremacist capitalist patriarchy, not just victims." – bell hooks #bellhooksTNS
— Imani ABL (@AngryBlackLady) November 8, 2013
LMAO, bruh you not gonna walk into a conversation with black feminists and try to talk over them, that's what you NOT gon do. #nerdland
— Bee (@BeeSince83) November 8, 2013
— Teddy Wilson (@txindyjourno) November 8, 2013
MHP on how TFA focus has shifted from the salvation of the privileged young adults to "salvation" of "underprivileged" children. #nerdland
— Jaison Oliver (@oJaison) November 8, 2013
— Renee Bracey Sherman (@rbraceysherman) November 8, 2013
— Shanelle L. Smith (@ShanelleLSmith) November 8, 2013
"when we work for freedom we cannot rest," bell hooks. #nerdland
— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) November 8, 2013
If you missed the livestream, don’t worry, you can watch it here and also right here:
What was your favorite part of their conversation?