#KripHopDVP Twitter Chat
Disabled Musicians in Hip-Hop, Rap, Jazz & Blues
Thursday, July 28, 2016
5 pm Pacific/ 8 pm Eastern
The Disability Visibility Project™ is proud to partner with Leroy Moore, writer, poet, community activist, and of Founder of Krip-Hop Nation in a conversation about disabled musicians in hip-hop, rap, jazz, & blues.
Krip-Hop Nation is an international network of Hip-Hop & other musicians with disabilities with a few chapters around the world what we call Mcees With Disabilities (MWD) in Germany, UK & Africa. Krip-Hop is a community as well as style of music, an artistic space where people with disabilities can speak out and speak back to the social structures that exclude people based on disability, race, sexuality, and a host of other marginalized identities.
(the image is artwork featuring various disabled people of color. Image by: Carina Lomeli)
Please note this chat will discuss disabled musicians and Black disabled musicians in particular. FYI: while there are many genres of music, we will be focusing on: hip-hop, rap, jazz, & blues.
How to Participate
Follow @kriphopnation @DisVisibility on Twitter
Use the hashtag #KripHopDVP when you tweet. If you can’t join us on 7/28, feel free to tweet anytime before or after with the hashtag.
If you’re new to Twitter chats, check out this explanation of what happens during a chat by Ruti Regan: https://storify.com/RutiRegan/examplechat
If you don’t use Twitter and want to follow along in real-time, check out the live-stream: http://twubs.com/KripHopDVP
#KripHopDVP Tweets for 7/28 chat
Welcome to our #KripHopDVP chat w/ guest host @kriphopnation! Please remember to use the hashtag when you tweet.
If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #KripHopDVP” Ready? Here we go!
From the beginning, there have always been disabled artists creating work. Some are recognized while others erased from history #KripHopDVP
Q1 Marginalized & oppressed people have always created art. What barriers do disabled musicians face? #KripHopDVP
Q2 Does it matter if you know whether a musician is disabled or not (from past and today)? What additional context does it add? #KripHopDVP
Disabled people have used as entertainment for consumption of non-disabled audiences (ex: museum exhibits, circus sideshows) #KripHopDVP
Q3 What tensions do disabled musicians have to deal w/ about their image/identity, commodification, & the non-disabled gaze? #KripHopDVP
Q4 How does racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia & other -isms impact disabled musicians who are currently ‘trying to make it’? #KripHopDVP
Black musicians historically have been exploited, appropriated, taken for granted & unrecognized. #KripHopDVP
Q5 Who are some of the Black disabled musicians in Jazz and the Blues that history has forgotten about? #KripHopDVP
Q6 Who are some of the Black disabled musicians in Hip-Hop and Rap that we should know more about? #KripHopDVP
Q7 What is the connection between Black disabled musicians in the US with the African diaspora? #KripHopDVP
Q8 In what ways do Black disabled musicians continue the traditional role of the griot, the storyteller/musician/historian? #KripHopDVP
Hip-Hop and Rap has roots in wordplay, truth-telling, fighting the power & social activism. #KripHopDVP
Q9 What issues & stories are disabled rappers highlighting that are unique to the disabled experience? #KripHopDVP
Q10 What’s your reaction when you see non-disabled musicians appropriate disability culture, or use ableist slurs? #KripHopDVP
Q11 Last question: who are some of the disabled musicians you know and love? Share your memories, stories & any links #KripHopDVP
This ends our #KripHopDVP chat! Many thanks to everyone who participated, especially @kriphopnation. Please feel free to continue the convo!
Shanna Collins. (April 9, 2016). It’s Time to Confront the Erasure of Disability in Hip-Hop
Joseph Gentile. (December 5, 2013). Everyone in this Wheelchair Sports Camp Is Stoned and Making Beats
Adelle Platon. (May 4, 2016). 50 Cent Apologizes For Mocking Autistic Airport Employee on Instagram
Dr. James Peterson. (August 18, 2015). Rapper and activist Leroy Moore: disability a neglected part of hip hop, black culture
Leroy Moore. (February 2016). Stevie Wonder’s Activism Can’t Be Laugh/Wash Away
Leroy Moore. (June 1, 2016). New Term Using History Internationally To Come Up With The Present – AfroKrip
Leroy Moore. (June 6, 2016). Grace A. Jerry, What Is Happening In Nigeria, Africa, Activism & Music?
Black and white image of a middle-aged Black disabled man wearing a dark shirt, with a cane nearby his hand.
Leroy Moore is an African American writer, poet, community activist, and feminist. He is notable for the creation of Krip Hop – a movement that uses hip-hop music as a means of expression for people with disabilities. Since the 1990s, he has written the column Illin-N-Chillin for POOR Magazine. Moore is also a co-founder of the disability performance art collective, Sins Invalid. He currently serves as the Chair of the Black Disability Studies Committee for the National Black Disability Coalition.
Alice Wong is a San Francisco-based disability advocate, freelance journalist, television watcher, news junkie, cat lover, and coffee drinker. Currently, she is the Founder and Project Coordinator for the Disability Visibility Project (DVP), a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture. Currently she is a co-partner with Andrew Pulrang and Gregg Beratan for #CripTheVote, a non-partisan online campaign encouraging the political participation of people with disabilities. She is also a Staff Research Associate at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco.