Runway to Love: bell hooks' celebration

The Ferlinghetti Girls and Ronnie Mae Painter presented a fashion show/poetry reading in memory of the late All About Love author bell hooks. Our participants dressed up or down and transformed the cafe aisle into a runway of love to celebrate small acts of kindness or read a simple quote of bell's. Here's one: "Love is an action, never simply a feeling."

Ronnie Mae Painter video/storytelling at the event

Gabriella dancing with son Emmett

Phyllis warming the crowd with song

Paola steppin' her way to the stage

Maura's welcome strut

Ellen showing her Zumba moves

Stephanie reciting a poem

Bike Power: Angela and mannequin representing the Turkish collective, Chain-Breaking Women

Rosie reciting from bell hooks with Nicki, and Santi

Katie Bishop, owner of Principle's GI Coffee House, host of our event (photo credit: Michelle V. Agins/NYT)

Ellen leads a group dance