WATCH: bell hooks On Protecting Black Girlhood


May 6 2014, Published 8:52 a.m. ET

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bell hooks and Salamishah Tillet, Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and co-founder of A Long Walk Home, Inc., launched the first of many conversations as part of hooks’ residency at The New School.

In the above conversation, the two women along with a fully captivated audience discuss the welfare of black girls and their continued devaluation.

They cover the images of black women in society, the disturbing story and coverage (or lack there of) concerning the kidnapped Nigerian school girls, and solidarity among feminists.

hooks also touched upon a few of the “trending” talking points within the feminist movement including the #banbossy campaign and Sheryl Sandberg. bell hooks says instead of “banning bossy” we need to BE BOSSY and change the world.

Watch the entire conversation above, and let us know what you think by leaving a comment or tweeting us @HerAgenda

By: Rhonesha Byng

Rhonesha Byng is the founder and CEO of Her Agenda— a digital media platform bridging the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women. The site provides access to content and community that gives millennial women access to information and inspiration to help them get started or to move to the next level of their career. Rhonesha is an Emmy award-winning journalist and entrepreneur whose philosophy in life is established by her acronym of N.E.S.H.A. No one Ever Slows Her Agenda. This motto served as the inspiration for Her Agenda. Rhonesha was named to the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list and ESSENCE magazine named her among 50 Founders To Watch. Rhonesha is also the co-founder of the newly formed nonprofit org The Black Owned Media Equity and Sustainability Institute (BOMESI).

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