You may have seen this video of two Eastern Michigan University poetry slam performing “Lost Voices” on your social media feed. I know I certainly have. One friend called it “powerful,” while another labeled it a “must watch.” I kept scrolling, though, not because I wasn’t moved by their brief introduction but because I find most spoken word poems to annoying in that over preachy, hotep-Twitter kind of way.
Still, when I saw someone asked, “Black women’s voices matter or nah?” with the video attached, I decided to finally take a look.
If you haven’t seen it yet, the video shows Darius Simpson and Scout Bostley sharing each other’s experiences, while the other one’s voice is muted.
The Huffington Post called the poem a “powerful commentary on white privilege and male privilege” because the pair talks about being Black and a woman.
But…what about Black women?
Watching “Lost Voices” made me think of the book All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, but Some of Us are Brave, because once again the Black experience and the female experience happened without a Black woman’s input.
While I doubt Simpson and Bostley purposely set out to marginalize Black female voices, once again Black women were absent from a “powerful” exploration of gender and race.
What are your thoughts on the poem? Sound-off below!