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Bell Hooks whose government name is Gloria Watkins is a author cultural critic and feminist theorist that hails from Hopkinsville Kentucky Over the past decade she has written plenty of novels that aroused the souls of many African-Americans Salvation black people in love is one of her most recent attempts to educate black people on the importance of love which she claims is what black people today are missing I can see that her views are well respected by all of the positive criticism she receives from people like Maya Angelou and magazines like Essence and the Black Issues Book Review Moreover in this novel she makes a lot of claims and most hold to be true But one significant claim that is made by Hooks is that Tupac Amaru Shakur was and still is a negative influence on young black males today In this essay I will challenge that claim I believe that Tupac Amaru Shakur has had a positive influence on young black males today because through his music and writings he was able to teach young black males to respect people like they would want to be respected to constantly search for knowledge and to always have self-esteem Bell Hooks as well as the mass media portray to us that black people are not loving and that our lives are so burdened with violence and aggression that we have no time to love She involves Tupac Shakur an influential and revolutionary rapperactivist into this general statement Due to Tupac and a handful of other rappers young black men try to take on the image of being hard Hardness is usually associated with being nonchalant about life rebelling against the social structure and being violently aggressive at times In the dictionary hard means tough unbreakable and stiff I feel that Bell Hooks definition of hard means incompetent devalued and destroyed and that once they learn this way of life
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