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To celebrate Black History Month, we showcase our favorite Black women for their accomplishments and inspiration! Watch. Read. Share. Inspire!

Bell Hooks
Octavia Butler

We celebrate bell hooks, the fierce Black feminist scholar-activist whose words changed how you saw yourself and your place in this world.

bell hooks was an intellectual. She used theory as a tool to help her understand and explain the world in terms of ideas, people, and systems.

she authored books that constructed notions of feminism that drew from the diverse experiences of Black women.

she wrote about how white patriarchy positions Black women in the margins of academic and social spaces.

she offered pathways for dismantling systems of oppression and achieving liberation through teaching, valuing the work of women, ending violence against women, and self love.

“The work of love is first and foremost about knowledge and knowing a person.“

— bell hooks

We celebrate Octavia Butler: the genius, award-winning science-fiction writer who still inspires!

With 15 books and short story collections to her name, multiple new media deals in the making for her works, and a Mars landing site named after her, she is more than accomplished. Yet, here are a few more reasons why she inspires me. 

She wrote from her perspective.
Her characters, their communities, and their journeys through time and space make visible African-American women and families, culture and history, struggle and hope. 

She wrote with imagination.
Her creative genius combined time travel with slave narratives, integrated communities and species, and featured science in ways that prompt us to think about the sustainability of our people, systems, and environment.

“Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t.
Habit is persistence in practice.”

— Octavia Butler

Experience the persistence of Octavia Butler via a few media inspired by her:

Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements
Edited by adrienne maree brown & Walidah Imarisha
An anthology of short stories to explore the connections between radical speculative fiction and movements for social change.

Octavia’s Parables with Toshi Reagon and adrienne maree brown
A podcast that reads and discusses the works of Octavia Butler one chapter at a time, bringing a modern analysis and scholarship to the work, and offering listeners guiding questions for applying the lessons in their own lives and community work.

A Handful Of Earth, A Handful Of Sky: The World Of Octavia Butler by Lynell George
A book that offers a ​​blueprint for a creative life from the perspective of Octavia Butler. Intended for scholars, fans, artists, and creatives, this book shares a collection of ideas for how to look, listen, breathe, and be in the world.

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