Black Female Voices: A public dialogue between bell hooks and Melissa Harris Perry

Bell hooks and Melissa Harris-Perry, founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South, Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, author, and host of MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” join in a conversation about race, black womanhood, politics, media, and love.

bell hooks (née Gloria Watkins) is among the leading public intellectuals of her generation. Her writings cover a broad range of topics including gender, race, teaching, and contemporary culture. According to Dr. hooks, these topics must be understood as interconnected and linked in the production of systems of oppression and class domination.

bell hooks Scholar-in-Residence at The New School is an opportunity to directly engage Dr. hooks and her commitment to education as a practice of freedom.

Dusé Mohamed Ali


He was an early mentor of Marcus Garvey. Born today in 1866, the powerful Pan-Africanist, Dusé Mohamed Ali. He was considered by the British government to be a ‘notorious disseminator of sedition’. Ali published the first political journal produced by and for Black people ever published in Britain, the ‘Africa Times and Orient Review’. “…In 1912 Garvey came to England and experienced racism at the very heart of British imperialism. While there he became closely associated with Duse Mohammed Ali. Ali was a kind of mentor to Marcus Garvey who was a staff writer for the ‘Africa Times and Orient Review’ between 1912 and 1913.” Ali who began his career as an actor and playwright and worked as a ‘penny-a-line’ journalist would eventually become the founder and editor of The Comet, which in 1933 became Nigeria’s largest weekly, selling around 4,000 issues per week. Ali also established the Universal Islamic Society in Detroit, Michigan in 1926 (which in turn influenced the creation of the Nation of Islam by Wallace D. Fard Muhammad in 1930). Duse Mohamed Ali was born in Alexandria, Egypt to an Egyptian father, Abdul Salem Ali (who was an army officer), and a Sudanese mother. He was sent to England for schooling in 1876 and lost contact with his family because they were unable to afford his return to Egypt (as a result he lost his knowledge of Arabic). Ali would spend the rest of his life living away from Egypt, traveling widely throughout the global Afrikan community, and living in England, the United States, and Nigeria. In his early 40’s he began work as a journalist, publishing articles on Egyptian nationalism and African oppression in the New Age, an influential London-based socialist weekly literary journal. Two years later he published a short history of Egypt titled In the Land of the Pharaohs. Reputedly the first history of Egypt written by an Egyptian, the book received critical acclaim, catapulting Ali into international, and especially Pan African, prominence. Traveling and forging relationships throughout the African world were central themes of his 78-year life’s journey. Duse Mohamad Ali retired from the newspaper’s management in 1943 and died in Lagos two years later on February 26, 1945 at the age of 78

via The Thought Laboratory

Queen Lili’uokalani


The last ruler of Hawaii, as a teenager.

Her statement of surrender to the U.S. ended:

_’Now, to avoid any collision of armed forces and perhaps loss of life, I do, under this protest, and impelled by said forces, yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon the facts being presented to it, undo the action of it’s representative and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the ‘Constitutional Sovereign’ of the Hawaiian Islands.”



The great Black leader that we bring to your attention today is Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II of Kmt. This outstanding pharaoh reigned for fifty-one years from 2046 BCE to 1995 BCE. He comes to us from the Eleventh Dynasty or royal family of Kmt. His roots are from the south of Kmt and specifically from the Scepter Nome around modern Luxor. He is one of the great national heroes of Kmt and is credited with reuniting the country after it had fallen into disarray. He was a powerful Black man and the towering figure of his time. In the famous statue portrayed here, located in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, he is painted jet-black–the color of god in Kmt–and wears the red crown associated with Lower Kmt (Northern Egypt). He is in the Osirian posture, with white mummy shrouds and feet bound together. His huge muscular legs denote that he is firmly rooted in the earth, like the gospel song, “Like a tree planted by the river, I shall not be moved!” Mentuhotep II ushered in Kmt’s Second Golden Age and was the founder of the historical period known as the Middle King–the classical era in Kmt of literature and writing. Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II is truly worthy of the appellation Great Black Leader!


Louis Draper




Louis Draper, Plucked From Obscurity

By John Edwin Mason

Until recently, histories of photography would have ignored Louis H. Draper — not because of the quality of his photographs, but because of the color of his skin. With the exception of Gordon Parks, African-Americans were mostly glossed over or excluded altogether.

But over the last 25 years, a new generation of historians and curators have worked to pluck from obscurity photographers who were marginalized because of color, gender, geography or class. Those efforts were often thwarted by the loss of photographers’ papers and prints. Luckily, Mr. Draper had preserved an archive, and in recent years, his work has risen in visibility and esteem. Continue reading at the New York Times.