Got a PhD in “F*ck Boy-ology?” This Poem Might Help With That

The Button Poetry channel on YouTube is a great collection of spoken word, visual performance, and artist recitation. My favorite entries, though, have come from Black women who critique common threads in popular culture, social connection, and political movements. A new video of Kai Davis and Miriam Harris (Temple University) performing the poem titled “Stay Woke” at Temple University during the 2015 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational strikes just the right tone to remind us all that “being woke” is more than a hashtag.

The poem is meant to complicate the ways in which men, specifically Black f*ckboys, navigate social media appearing to support the causes of Black women. Yet, they are often some of the main perpetrators of sexism and misogyny against those very same women.

My favorite excerpt from the performance is:

“There’s a sea of strong Black men with coiled locks and Cowrie shells, shea butter soft hands who smile nice and call you ‘queen.’

But never tell you that the title is conditional.

You can only maintain ‘Queen-Status’ if you: sleep with him, get naked only if he’s watching, don’t sleep with him, love your body only cause he liked it first, wear your hair natural – but don’t have no nappy sh*t, stay loyal, don’t hold him to same standard, and never ever ever bruise his ego.”

Yes, the poem is fire. Watch it above and be invigorated.

Also, check out the previous poem from this channel we posted titled “To Be Black and Woman and Alive.”


Photo credit: YouTube/Still

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Jenn M. Jackson

Jenn M. Jackson is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. She is a native of Oakland, CA, resided in sunny SoCal for a decade, and now lives in the Chicago suburbs. Bringing the bourgie and good measure of the nerdy, she fearlessly writes about politics, pop culture, and whatever other topics in black America have firmly planted a bee in her bonnet.