If fame for a cultural critic is a thing, bell hooks has it. Her name is referenced in most articles critiquing the portrayal of race in media, and it's likely you've read her work if you've taken any class on feminism. “Nobody comes to black feminism except through bell hooks first,” said Melissa Harris Perry when introducing hooks at their public dialogue Black Female Voices: Who is Listening in 2013. And it's true. The majority of modern writers, academics, thinkers, and artists who contemplate race and intersectional feminism have been influenced by hooks' work. There's even a comedic Tumblr called Saved by the Bell Hooks that uses quotes from her writing over Saved by the Bell photos.

She is profilic while being accessible, and her writings touch on ideas of race, gender, love, feminism, self-recovery, film, media, and art. Here at SVA, we have a wide selection of her books, which would be great to visit if you'd like to keep your feminism relevant. Here are a few titles:

Ain't I a Woman: black women and feminism, 1981 

Talking Back: Thinking feminisn thinking black, 1989

Yearning: race, gender, and cultural politics, 1990

Black Looks Race and Representation, 1992

Breaking Bread Insurgent Black Intellectual Life, 1992

Sisters of the Yam: black women and self-recovery, 1993

Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations, 1994

Art on My Mind: visual politics, 1995

Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood, 1996

Reel to Real: race, sex and class at the movies, 1996

Where we Stand: class matters, 2000

Feminist Theory: from margin to center, 2000

Communion: The female search for love, 2002 

Belonging: A culture of place, 2009

AND there's a DVD: 

Bell Hooks cultural criticism & transformation