Bell Hooks: Her work, Books, Personal Life

Real Name:  Gloria Jean Watkins

Bell Hooks was an American author, professor, feminist, and social activist

Gloria Jean Watkins was born on September 25, 1952, in Hopkinsville, a small, segregated town in Kentucky, to a working-class African-American family. Watkins was one of six children born to Rosa Bell Watkins  and Veodis Watkins. Her father worked as a janitor and her mother worked as a maid in the homes of white families.

Early Life

Black Is... Black Ain't (1994)[31] Give a Damn Again (1995)[32] Cultural Criticism and Transformation (1997)[9] My Feminism (1997)[33] Voices of Power (1999)[34] BaadAsssss Cinema (2002)[35] I Am a Man: Black Masculinity in America (2004)[36] Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me (2004)[37] Is Feminism Dead? (2004)[38] Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action (2008)[39] Occupy Love (2012)[40] Hillbilly (2018)[41]


Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics: The American Book Awards/ Before Columbus Foundation Award (1991)[ – bell hooks: The Writer's Award from the Lila Wallace–Reader's Digest Fund (1994) Happy to Be Nappy: NAACP Image Award nominee (2001) Homemade Love: The Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year (2002)


Salvation: Black People and Love: Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee (2002) – bell hooks: Utne Reader's "100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life" – bell hooks: The Atlantic Monthly's "One of our nation's leading public intellectuals" – bell hooks: TIME 100 Women of the Year, 2020


She described her sexual identity as "queer-pas-gay"

Personal Life

She published more than 30 books and numerous scholarly articles


– Stanford University (BA) – University of Wisconsin, Madison (MA) – University of California, Santa Cruz (PhD)