Javon Johnson: Spoken Word/Slam Poet

Many of you may have heard of Javon Johnson, a brilliant, highly-awarded spoken world/slam poet, but I only recently discovered his videos earlier this year. While hilarious and witty with his wordplay, his powerful poetry dives into the issues surrounding critical race and gender theories. Ironically, every part of me goes numb because of the overpowering feelings his videos give me, especially the ones that hit home. I promise you that the final lines will reverberate and leave you speechless. I could ramble forever, but his art speaks for itself. It’s hard to shake those goosebumps after.

It’s not about whether or not the shooter is racist – it’s about how poor black boys are treated as problems well before we are treated as people.

Baby girl, daddy understands the problems with slut-shaming, knows the issues with calling women whores is grounded in sexism and patriarchy and insecure men who are too afraid of women owning their own bodies.

It’s not about whether or not the shooter is racist. It’s about how poor black boys are treated as problems well before we are treated as people.

— Jasmine Shaffeeullah

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