Leaders in the technology and entertainment industry have organized an online event, happening today, to support protests against racially-motivated murder, oppression, and violence by police and others. The #Blackout protest, or #BlackOutTuesday, or #TheShowMustBePaused, asks black musicians and leaders to pause release of new content. While advice may vary, several have suggested that today is a good time to share and promote existing work by Black artists.
Here is a playlist of poetry videos by DC poets that speak to the themes motivating today’s protest, including work by Kevin Wiggins, Monica Leak, John Johnson, Abdul Ali, Kim B. Miller, Antwone Ross, John Johnson, and E. Ethelbert Miller. Every day is a good day to support their work.
Thank you for listening, and you can download excerpts of the books by Kevin Wiggins and John Johnson at the links here and here.
Kevin Wiggins – “Criminally Black”
Monica Leak – “I Can’t”
John Johnson – “Boat We Aint Got a Ticket For”
Antwone Ross – “Reporting Live”
Kim B Miller – “I’m an African American’t”
Abdul Ali – “After Ferguson”
John Johnson – “Coffeeshop”
Monica Leak – “Just Us No Justice”
Monica Leak – “That Melanin”
E Ethelbert Miller – “Rain Delay”