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The Slowdown Black Lives Matter Playlist

The Slowdown stands in solidarity with the Black community against systemic racism and injustice. This playlist highlights episodes and poems that shed light on social justice, racism, and oppression, while celebrating Black lives and poets. 

We’ve always believed in amplifying Black voices, and it’s especially important now.  We believe in knowing when it’s time to listen. It’s time. #BlackLivesMatter

You can listen to the playlist on Spotify here or you can listen to the episodes below. Follow the links to see the full text of each poem. 


163: A Small Needful Fact

by Ross Gay

233: On the D Train

by Jacqueline Johnson

62: supply and demand

by Evie Shockley

248: [They will tell you that I was sick, that I was a drug addict.]

by Dawn Lundy Martin

122: Whipping Tree

by Rachel Eliza Griffiths

43: Black is Beautiful

by Monica A. Hand

47: The Emperor’s Deer

by Kamilah Aisha Moon

24: A Talk with My Grandson, Age Six

by Wanda Coleman

97: American Sonnet for My Past and Future Assassin [“You don’t seem to want it, but you wanted it”]

by Terrance Hayes

134: Beehive

by Jean Toomer

159: from here i saw what happened and i cried

by t'ai freedom ford

166: Variations in Blue

by Lauren K. Alleyne

252: Frequently Asked Questions: #7

by Camille T. Dungy

321: Inheritance

by Camille Rankine

326: Miz Rosa Rides the Bus

by Angela Jackson

340: Eliza Harris

by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

353: For My People

by Margaret Walker

244: We Are Not Responsible

by Harryette Mullen

320: How Can Black People White About Flowers at a Time Like This

by Hanif Abdurraqib