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The Quotable Black Scholar: bell hooks on the Pleasures of Natural Hair

February 23rd, 2012 by Ajuan Mance

Bell Hooks (b. 1952)



When we allow ourselves to experience the sensual pleasures of various black hair textures (especially in its natural state), we unlearn some of the negative socialization we are bombarded with about black hair.

–bell hooks in Sisters of the Yam


Biographical Notes: Activist and cultural critic bell hooks (born Gloria Watkins) has held positions at Yale University, Oberlin College, and the City University of New York. She is the author of 30 books. The Hopkinsville, Kentucky native earned a bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, an M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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