UPCOMING BOOK: The Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics
Publisher Poetic Matrix Press
From Blues to Black poetry and beyond there have always been Black disabled activists, musicians, visual artists, writers and poets, however, most of the time their disability, a part of their identity, was a hush hush thing. Disability was all about overcoming and they didn’t feel a sense of community or empowerment back in the day and sadly on a grand scale even today. Although we had artists like the late Cripple Clarence Lofton back in ((March 28, 1887 – January 9, 1957) to late Soulful singers like Water Jackson (March 19, 1938 – June 20, 1983) and Robert Winters (1949- 1997) to today Hip-Hop artists like MF Grimm aka Percy Carey (born 11 June 1970 -) to poets like the late Celeste White and Lynn Manning (born April 30, 1955 -) and so on, Black disabled poets and musicians are nine times out of ten not able to wear their identities with pride as they create their work even today thus our rich history, culture and writings goes unknown to the Black community, Black scholars and general public.
As a Black disabled journalist, researcher, poet, activist and song writer, I’ve always realized and wrote that we, Black disabled activists, artists, writers, poets and musicians are and have been out there for a long time writing, singing, speaking and opening up doors to the publishing, art, music and activist world. We have been and today in greater numbers debunking the popular notion that has been leveled at us over and over again by others and that is, “You are not marketable and there is no audience for your work!” In institutions from schools to the music industry to entertainment, Black disabled writers, musicians, visual artists and others have been discriminated against and ripped off by others from the ripping off of Black blind Blues artists to exhibiting, caging and displaying Black disabled people like Joice Helth (c.1756 – February 19, 1836) of Philadelphia to some of today’s non-disabled Hip-Hop artists who play disability in a negative way just to get more media face time but never including real disabled Hip-Hop artists. All of the above including ableism and racism from individuals to institutions continues to smack Black disabled people on both cheeks constantly without being punished by our traditional Black leaders, organizations, scholars and writers for their ablest actions. This makes it very hard for Black disabled people to be proud about themselves and to come out and seek publication to rewrite and celebrate their history.
Only in the last ten years or so Black disabled people, writers, poets, visual artists, journalists, musicians and more are sharing their stories, organizing like the National Black Disability Coalition, I.D.E.A.L. Magazine to the artwork of Curtis Blackwell. However, today there is still a lack of books on, about and written by Black disabled writers and not only self-help books. I’m excited today to see Black disabled people taking their own creative and activist talents in their own hands and putting out music, art and books on their own through the Internet and self -publishing.
The Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics is straight up an activist/love book of original poems and song lyrics that have been written and collected for almost two decades. Many poems in this book were first published in 1999 in my chapbook by Poor Magazine’s Poor Press. This book contains poetry and lyrics of songs. Most of the poems and lyrics touch on issues that Black disabled people deal with but only get a little media attention. In this book you will find true stories of discrimination like cases of police brutality to love songs for the Black disabled community, my family, my lady and poem songs for Black disabled people in history like Curtis Mayfield, Ray Charles, Rev. Cecil Ivory, Johnnie Mae Dunson, Barbara Jordan, Harriet Tubman and many more. This book also talks back to the Black community, academic scholars and the media on why they do what they do and at the same time tries to uplift the work of Black disabled writers, musicians and others. Thanks to my family & Poetic Matrix Press.
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