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bell hooks (1952–2021) was the pen name of Gloria Jean Watkins, MA, PhD, an American professor, social activist, feminist, author, and cultural critic. Her writing focused on the intersectionality of capitalism, gender, and race and their combined ability to perpetuate systemic institutions of oppression and injustice.

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All About Love: New Visions

“The word ‘love’ is most often defined as a noun, yet we would all love better if we used it as a verb,” writes bell hooks as she comes out fighting and on fire in All About Love.

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Toward a Worldwide Culture of Love

The practice of love, says bell hooks, is the most powerful antidote to the politics of domination. She traces her thirty-year meditation on love, power, and Buddhism, and concludes it is only love that transforms our personal relationships and heals the wounds of oppression.

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Salvation: Black People and Love

Written from both historical and cultural perspectives, Salvation takes an incisive look at the transformative power of love in the lives of African Americans. Whether talking about the legacy of slavery; relationships and marriage in Black life; the prose and poetry of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageThere is light in darkness. You just have to find it.

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Building a Community of Love: bell hooks and Thich Nhat Hanh

bell hooks meets with Thich Nhat Hanh to ask: How do we build a community of love?

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We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity

"When women get together and talk about men, the news is almost always bad news," writes bell hooks. "If the topic gets specific and the focus is on black men, the news is even worse." In this powerful new book, bell hooks arrests our attention from the first page.

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The Power of Real Love: A Conversation with Sharon Salzberg and bell hooks

How do we bring more love into our lives? Sharon Salzberg and bell hooks sat down with Lion’s Roar’s Melvin McLeod for a special discussion on love in celebration of Salzberg’s book, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection.

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FindCenter Quotes ImageUsually adult males who are unable to make emotional connections with the women they choose to be intimate with are frozen in time, unable to allow themselves to love for fear that the loved one will abandon them.

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Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism

A classic work of feminist scholarship, Ain’t I a Woman has become a must-read for all those interested in the nature of black womanhood.

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The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love

Everyone needs to love and be loved—even men. But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving.

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