Filmmaker dream hampton remembers bell hooks, talks feminism in 2022

hampton says that bell hooks, who died last month at age 69, leaves an indelible mark on modern feminist thought and scholarship.

Every now and then a writer comes along and challenges current frames of thinking. They critique and analyze and puncture in order to create new spaces for imagination, and to establish a more beautiful world. bell hooks was that kind of intellectual, pushing feminism to expand its boundaries to include Black perspectives and to more deeply interrogate history — this is particularly exemplified in her book “Ain’t I a Woman.”

Like a lot of young Black girls, I was taught that feminism was a white women’s movement. Thank god I discovered the work that bell hooks did.” —dream hampton

hooks died last month at the age of 69, but she very much lives on through her work as well as through the literature that is produced today.


Listen: Detroiter and award-winning filmmaker dream hampton remembers bell hooks and talks feminism in 2022.

 


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dream hampton is an award-winning filmmaker, activist and writer from Detroit. She wrote a piece in Time shortly after hooks’ death titled “bell hooks’ Radical Legacy.”

“Like a lot of young Black girls, I was taught that feminism was a white women’s movement,” hampton says. “Thank god I discovered the work that bell hooks did.”

“She is definitely in the academy, she is trained as a scholar and a theorist … but she is making it so accessible.”

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