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Homegrown: Engaged Cultural Criticism

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Mainstream rhetoric has made a concerted effort to polarize African Americans and Latinos, emphasizing differences in language and religion, while designating one or the other as the “favored minority” at will. In Witness, Amalia Mesa-Bains and bell hooks invite us to reexamine this politically popular binary and consider which differences are manufactured and which are re ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by South End Press
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This book is a really nice little book for looking into cultural studies. There are a number of common themes:

A strong focus on capitalism and how it has led to the commodification of artists of colour, black and latino cultural artifact and celebrations (such as the day of the dead), and multiculturalism (which is a tool used to sell to a more diverse audience). All of this in an effort to keep the white commanders in control.

In addition there is a look at radical pedagogy and changing the wa
Erica Gonzalez
This is an amazing book! I loved the "Feminist Iconography" section where hooks and Amalia explain that "Frida Kahlo" has been materialized! That is very true! Young people these days "think" they know Frida and her art..
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Homegrown records a wise, poetic, and revolutionary conversation between bell hooks, renowned African-American writer on sexism and racism, and award-winning Chicana artist Amalia Mesa-Bains. Traversing such topics as family, spirituality, art, activism, immigration, multiculturalism, education, and death, their chat challenges divides between African-American women and Latinas. Ultimately, they model storytelling as political activism. The afterword makes readers hu
A unique and important intersectional exchange on race, womanhood, community and education in today's United States, homegrown is one of those works that left me with more questions than answers. It is short, though powerful in its brevity. A simple conversation between bell hooks and Amalia Mesa-Bains, this work serves as a reminder of the power of the individual and the strength of community. Inspired and thought-provoking, particularly for women of color.

Highly recommended.
Nov 01, 2007 Belinda is currently reading it
Recommends it for: Man, I hate this question....if you're curious about the world, you read, damnit!!
I was lured by the way the joint authors (bell hooks & Amalia Mesa-Baines) and how it's arranged. The book is written as a conversation between two women, two intellectuals of color who share the same passion for cultural criticism. They talk about the similarities and differences they have. Haven't been reading in order. Right now, focused on the chapters "Home," Memory," and will begin "Dia de los Muertos" soon. Interesting for my needs....again, the Alamo project.
excellent dialogue between a chicana and an african-american woman about how their races were taught to deal cautiously with other races, the traditions they hold in common, the way our society makes life harder for women of color and a million other well-reasoned, beautifully written things...

[ps - does anyone know how to move something from currently-reading to another shelf? i have not yet figured it out...]
an engaging dialogue between a Latina artista and an African-American writer and thinker. The edition is marred by errors in Spanish and even in English, in spelling, grammar, poor editing. I would still recommend it for those wanting to learn about the nuances of what's going on the Latino community and the Black community and what women artists and thinkers have to contribute.
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This is a book I have had on my shelf for a LONG time... LOVE bell hooks - picked it up, put it down, read other things. I thought I would at least be honest about it, so it's back to the to-read shelf it goes. What are y'all taking on vacation with you?
Beautiful. Much needed addition for black/brown (that's alphabetical, folks, don't get all upset) collaboration.
fun conversations between these amazing women.
very educational
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bell hooks (born Gloria Jean Watkins) is an African-American author, feminist, and social activist. Her writing has focused on the interconnectivity of race, class, and gender and their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and domination. She has published over thirty books and numerous scholarly and mainstream articles, appeared in several documentary films and participated in ...more
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