Kevin Powell on redefining manhood and unlearning misogyny

Kevin Powell says we need to rethink the way we define manhood, and why ignorance is a form of violence.
Activist and hip-hop journalist Kevin Powell chronicles his journey from misogynist to feminist in his new book, The Education of Kevin Powell. (kevinpowell.net)

By his own account, Kevin Powell has changed a lot of over the years. He was once the kind of guy who'd shove his girlfriend into a bathroom door. Today, he's the kind of guy who gets endorsed by Gloria Steinem. 

The writer, activist and former hip hop journalist chronicles his personal journey in his new memoir, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood. In it, he tells the story of growing up amid crime, racism and poverty and the damaging context in which most men shape their attitudes toward women.

Today he joins Shad to discuss his transition from misogynist to vocal supporter of women's rights, and why he's challenging men and boys to rethink manhood. 

WEB EXTRA | Powell says we need to actively teach men and boys about the legacy of women and girls. Here is a short list of his essential authors, as referenced in the interview. 


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