“VOICES: A Sacred Sisterscape”: Poet aja monet & V on New Audio Play Centering Black Women’s Stories

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Democracy Now! speaks with the creators of a new arts campaign grounded in Black women’s stories. VOICES: a sacred sisterscape is an audio play directed by award-winning poet aja monet weaving together Black feminist poems and perspectives. “Art is an invitation to expand our participation in the world and the ways that we see the world,” says monet, who hopes the project inspires action beyond aesthetics. “Solidarity is about us being not just spectators, but actors in the reality of our lives.”

The project was created with V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against all women, gender-expansive people, girls and the Earth. “Rather than looking at Black women, we needed to put our headphones on and our masks … and do embodied listening,” says V, playwright of The Vagina Monologues and founder of V-Day. “Through that, we begin to understand where we all connect, where we are all aligned.”

VOICES: a sacred sisterscape will be available for streaming June 11.

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