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Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life

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In this provocative and captivating dialogue, hooks and West grapple with the dilemmas, contradictions and joys of Black intellectual life. Creating a spiritual, progressive, feminist, and ultimately organic definition of Black intellectuality, they passionately discuss issues ranging in subject matter from theology and the Left, to contemporary music, film, and fashion.
Paperback, 174 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by South End Press
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Kate Savage
These humans have the best ideas of any humans. Full stop.

But the format was underwhelming to me. I understand why they did it -- I love the concept of two friends in conversation, the authenticity and warmth of it. But I found myself wanting to see these talented writers write.

But very good ideas, as I said.

bell hooks: "It has been a really healing thing for me to recognize that we are wounded. We are wounded in so many areas that what I think is magical and wonderful is when I meet another Bl
This book is a collection of essays and conversations by two leading African-American thinkers. They discuss the unique struggles of the black intellectual, and hooks adds a perspective on the female black intellectual. Black intellectual run the risk of being alienated from their own community and not being full respected in the white academic community. Women face the gender bias of men of both races.

Also interesting is their critique of the black community and its giving into the materialist
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so good, so good... two of the best thinkers, philosophers, people discussing each other and ideas about community, specifically within the black/african american community but the lessons are important for everyone especially in the world these days.
with bell hooks. a bit like a snapshot of black intellectual lives in our times.
This was my first b.hooks read. Hooks and West tear it up, chapter after chapter.
Heavy hitters in the house! And no punches pulled,either. Don't miss it.
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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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