– Krip-Hop Nation tenth anniversary with DJ Quad CD late Jan.
– Black Kripple new EP, Krip-Blues Stories, Feb.
– Leroy Moore’s Children Book, Black Disability Art History 101 will be publish by Xochitl Justice Press and illustrations by Asian Robles. late Feb.
– Krip-Hop Nation’s All Women CD. Compile by Lisa Ganser and Vita E. Cleveland in March
– Krip-Hop Nation Bay Area Tour July
– Joe Capers’ Month August Film, Naru. August
-Part Two of A Journey To The South Tour (Back to South Africa/Ghana) Aug
– A Journey To The South Africa film/book Dec
– Ronald Galiwango & Krip-Hop Nation continue to raise funds so Eunice in Uganda can finish her education to become an advocate of people with disabilities.
Creator Q&A: Leroy Moore CALLUM NOVEMBER 12, 2014
Krip-Hop Nation Three Best Albums by Disabled Musicians of 2016 & Two Music Video
1) Fantastic Negrito (OMG This what I’m been waiting for, gutbucket Blues with a pop sound.) This man has nine lives in and out of the music scene and from his website it says the following: “in 2000, Negrito was in a near fatal car accident that put him in a coma. For four weeks it was touch and go. Because his muscles atrophied while bedridden, he had to go through months of frustrating physical therapy to regain use of his legs. Rods were placed throughout his body. And worst of all, his playing hand was mutilated. Though he rehabbed intensely for several years, the damage was permanent. In 2008, he returned home to Oakland. Now he is back with The Last Days Of Oakland dealing with Black Panthers to gentrification.” Please I got to interview this man in 2017.
2) Wheelchair Sports Camp (Kalyn Heffernan & Krew) Finally did it, their first full album, No Big Deal, with the banger, Hard Out There For A Gimp, that should be the theme song of people with disabilities and a political slap to non-disabled people. I met Kalyn Heffernan when she first started to upload her music online since that time she has been a part oof Krip-Hop Nation and our college events from UCB to NYU. Wait for her interview on Krip-Hop Nation.
3) Warren Snipe akak WAWA makes us see Hip-Hop through DEAF eyes that’s one reason he is known in the US as The Father of DIP-Hop, Deaf Hip-Hop. After 2009 Krip-Hop event in London, England seeing the huge Deaf Hip-Hop movement I reconnected to WAWA and he told me DIP-HOP in the USA with artists like Princz-D & Sho Roc. My favorite song from his album, Deaf: So What?! is Plantation, the last song of the album. Stay tune for his interview on Krip-Hop Nation.
Three Music videos that hit Krip-Hop Nation are:
1) Fantastic Negrito’s In The Pines is a remake but he made it all his with hunting message of killings of mothers’ sons. Please see this video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bp_rRCNnUkk
2) Prinz-D The First Deaf Rapper’s This Can’t Be Life, must go down in history of being a Hip-Hop story that the main character is a Deaf woman who is trying to make it in the underground Hip-Hop scene facing ableism because she is Deaf. You see a White Deaf woman spitting in the mirror getting ready for a cypher but runs into discrimation in the cypher. Go to he facebook to watch the video.
3) Joy Elán’s Old Oakland Vs New Oakland spoken word video brings me back when the spoke word sceen was hot and jumping in the Bay in th late 90’s all the up to 2004. This poem/video not only put genterification on trail with visuals of Oakland, CA scenery. As a Deaf poet she also sign the poem. Joy has burnt up the local poetry scene and has won awards for her books. Read my interview with her and watch her video.
Read our Top Ten Best & Worst Moments of Krip-Hop in 2016 Amoeba site
Krip Hop Nation and THISABILITY Newspaper are undertaking an epic journey across South Africa from the 4th to the 27th of December 2016. The aim is to profile creatives with disabilities to raise their voice and talents to link them to socio-economic platforms where their creations are included in the mainstream. The tour aims to make a documentary movie and a book to be published internationally.
December 4th-27th/2016. We are excited to be back on track and have gain radio/TV interviews and a lot more support. Read our background/history of this upcoming tour. See you in December/2016!
01. INTRODUCTION South Africa enjoys the benefits of a democratic dispensation realised in 1994. Like any other rising nation, there are still challenges being faced and solutions being sort. There is a population of citizens with disabilities which is just over 7.5% (2011 Census figures for ages 5 and over), that is still alienated by societal attitudes, access challenges as well as other socio-economic disparities. Fortunately, there is a legislative platform in the form of statutes like the UNCRPD – the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability – of which South Africa is one of the 180 member countries that ratified to adopt the convention and other empowering laws enshrined in the South African constitution.
The sad part is most of the persons with disabilities are not aware of their rights and empowering instruments designed for them due to lack of information dissemination and limited access to education.
A number of advocacy groups have been formulated to campaign for these rights for persons with disabilities and these groups are spread across the geographic spectrum of South Africa. Some groups have a national footprint whereas the rural ones, in addition to being heavily under resourced, have little or no impact at all.
Over the years, individual voices have begun to rise to voice the rights and ability from disability. These voices, although scattered, formulate a rising phoenix in asserting the inclusion of everyone in South Africa in the nation building exercise as well as impacting on the social inclusion efforts.
In order to capture the voices of these advocates, THISABILITY Newspaper, OCAL Global (OCAL – One Chance at Life) and Krip-Hop Nation hope to spend the period of December 4th-27th 2016, which happens to be the Disability Month in South Africa, travelling to the major cities of South Africa to film, record and write on the voices to give a multimedia reflection of what the situation is on the ground as well as engage stakeholders on the needs of persons with disabilities in the creative space.
02. KRIP-HOP NATION An international network of Hip-Hop artists, creatives and other musicians with disabilities who belong to chapters around the world. They are commonly-known as Mcees with Disabilities (MWD) in Germany, UK and Africa.
Krip-Hop Nation 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.
Krip-Hop Nation’s Main Objective is to spread awareness about the history, arts, and the isms facing musicians with disabilities along with getting the musical talents of hip-hop artists with disabilities into the hands of media outlets,educators, and hip-hop, disabled and race scholars, youth, journalists and hip-hop conference coordinators. Krip-Hop Nation have put out CDs, held conferences and spoke on issues from police brutality against people with disabilities to ableism in Hip-Hop, media and in our communities.
Together with South Africa’s local ensembles of hip hop culture, Krip-Hop Nation will champion the dialogues, debates and expression through slam poetry, improv, lyrical contests, scratch DJs and Mcees.
DADA Festival Video www.youtube.com/watch?v=WphFlG5hMdA…
03. THISABILITY NEWSPAPER
THISABILITY Newspaper was formed as a non-profit organization (NPO) in 2011 for the disability community at large, the public and private sectors to communicate better. The Newspaper is primarily in English and is available in print and electronic form. Many initiatives are available to people with disabilities. But this information does not have any penetration in the urban areas and never got close to getting out into the rural areas.
The Newspaper and website strives to assist the families of people with disabilities and their caregivers. Articles from professionals in a wide variety of fields and advertisers of supplies and services all advertising in the paper and website.
Principal aim: To educate, inform and empower people with disabilities through information dissemination.
Goals and Objectives:
*Create awareness of disabilities;
*Improve people’s perceptions of people with disabilities;
*Alter people’s perceptions so they see a person’s abilities and what they can do rather than what they cannot do;
*Create a central database that can assist anyone needing information on disability societies, schools, support groups and a comprehensive guide of suppliers of medical services, medical personnel, disability services and equipment in South Africa;
*Advertise jobs availability and offer solid advice on career guidance;
*Assist companies offering sponsorships and bursary schemes to find suitable candidates; and
*Showcase government initiatives that aim to assist people with disabilities improve their level of education, job skills and emotional and physical well-being. Web: www.thisability.co.za
04. OCAL GLOBAL
OCAL Global is a non-profit organisation which seeks to collaborate with like-minded brands and organisations to create strategic self-sustainable initiatives for change, aiming to empower “DIFFERENTLY ABLED” people – a term trademarked by OCAL Global. The non-profit organisation and its founders, Nicolene Mostert and Alun Davies, have set out to challenge a global belief system regarding disability; focusing on everyone’s unique ability to contribute, rather than a person’s perceived limitations. The OCAL Global vision is to create individuals of integrity, accountability, transparency and creativity. Its motive for using the phrase “Differently Abled” is to foster thoughts, feelings and actions about disability in a more inclusive and positive way. Services:
*Differently Abled – Counselling and Psychotherapy and Counseling Services
*Audit Reports on Access to Buildings for Differently Abled
*Planning and building access for Differently Abled
*Life Skills Training and Mentorship
*Workshops and Seminars
*Adventure and Adaptive Sport for Differently Abled individuals
Leroy Moore, the founder of Krip-Hop Nation has been connecting with disabled artists/musicians/activists in Africa through the internet for the last five years. He has written articles about disabled musicians in Africa, helped with a campaign to get two wheelchairs to Uganda and collaborated on music and news pieces that played on radio or been published in newspapers and more. In South African and Uganda, disabled musicians formed a Krip-Hop chapter in their countries. After years of communicating on social networks like Facebook, it is time to meet face to face, thus a trip to South Africa.
Simon Manda, who is the co-owner of a media company focusing on South Africans with disabilities has collaborated with Krip-Hop Nation for two years to highlight disabled artists/musicians and now will partner with Leroy to travel around South Africa meeting South Africans musicians/poets/journalists and writers face to face sharing stories, collecting their art and writings for the book and their music to play on radio station in the US.
OCAL Global is the organising partner of the South African chapter of the Red Bull Wings for Life World Run and other major events that aim to create a platform of inclusion for Differently Abled persons. They will be involved on the tour as a technical partner-bringing their wealth of experience in staging world class events as well as forming linkages for brand alliance and partnerships. Up to today, there hasn’t been an anthology of Black disabled artists/writers in the US displaying the talents, struggles and history of Black disabled people. Ableist structures still exist in the travel industry mainly airlines.
The majority of people with disabilities live in poverty due to lack of opportunities. Krip Hop Nation aims to connect Africans and African Americans with disabilities. Although we have the internet and disability studies, there is lack of awareness of the rich talents and bond we, African Americans with disabilities, share with Africans with disabilities. In South Africa, Kobus Moolman in 2002 edited an anthology titled “Tilling the Hard Soil: Poetry, Prose and Art by South African Writers with Disabilities” and although in the last five years in the US, people have seen more and more Black disabled writers getting published – there was no awareness of Moolman’s work.
There’s a lot of wisdom and ideas in the communities Krip Hop Nation represents. But these ideas are not shared and applied. That’s what Leroy’s trip (and the book) aim to achieve. Simon and Leroy will be observing, listening, documenting and collaborating with others in Africa and in America to help connect and expand visibility, voices, common bonds and differences with others in a book format. This project is an opportunity to bring out the needed communication between the disability community here in the US & Africa and to build on our talents onto an international stage that Leroy hopes would lead to more collaborations in the artistic space-like networking artists face to face in an international conference or festival in South Africa.
06. EXPECTED OUTCOMES
*Book of memoirs
*Database of Artists/Creatives with disabilities
*Linkages to the DADA Festival
07. OUTLAY Between November and December 2016, the tour will start in Johannesburg/Pretoria then to Durban, Cape Town and East London/Port Elizabeth. Each city will be allocated 7 days so as to achieve the following components;
Programs/Activities (every city visited)
*Meet-up with artists/creatives
*Skills Development/Transfer facilitation
*Sites Visitation (arts/creative industry projects on the ground)
08. TEAM MEMBERS
*Leroy Moore (Founder: Krip Hop Nation- USA)
*Simon Manda (Editor and Co-Founder: THISABILITY Newspaper)
*Nicolene Mostert (Co-Founder: OCAL Global)
*Alun Davies (Co-Founder: OCAL Global)
*Mduduzi Nhlebela (Photography/Videography; Businessman)
09. LOGISTICAL REQUIREMENTS
*Disability Organisations Linkages
*Audio Visual Components (Videography, Photography, Sound and Screens)
*Hospitality Components (Accommodation, Transport and Refreshments)
*Facilitators (Arts Practitioners)
*Media and Publicity(Radio, TV, Internet (Social Media and Newspapers)
10. PARTNERSHIP BENEFITS
*Brand exposure, partnerships and alliances across international platforms
*An opportunity for Corporate Social Investment
*Media and publicity mention via media platforms
*Opportunity to support disability advocacy
*An opportunity to be part of legacy documentation
*Opportunity to engage CSO and disability initiatives for BEE score sheets
11. CONTACTS Simon Manda Managing Editor THISABILITY Newspaper Cell: +27721786426 Twitter: @smanda11 Twitter: @THISABILITYnews IG: smanda1 www.thisability.co.za
Leroy F. Moore Jr. Berkeley, CA. USA firstname.lastname@example.org www.kriphopnation.com (510) 649-8438
5 pics Leroy’s book cover of a Black disabled young teen outside playing baseball, Ronnie Ronnie in traditional Ugandan African clothes. Deacon Burns and Kaya Rogue of KOUNTERCLOCKWISE performing on stage, Rynita Short-e Shepherd, a White disabled woman DJaying with her mouth, K-Plat, South African Hip-Hop group outside next to graffiti on a wall. Bottom it reads:
A Journey to the South Raising the voice of disability advocacy.
Krip Hop nation founder, Leroy Moore makes an epic journey to South Africa to partner with disability advocates in raising a voice of awareness.
The left side it reads: Transforming the future through music
Working Title: Table Set: South Africa to the San Francisco Bay Disabled /Deaf Writers/Poets/Musicians Reaching
Concept of the book:
1) To have a book/ebook of poetry, essays, song lyrics and pictures about our identities, our communities, our struggles, our celebrations, our politics and how we connect. All of the pieces in the book will be from Krip-Hop Nation artists and other disabled/Deaf artists from the US & Africa.
2) The book will be one item that will come out of November-December/2016 Krip-Hop Nation South Africa Tour with Simon Manda of THIS ABILITY Newspaper of South Africa
Key Authors/Artists List (ongoing): Leroy Moore USA, R.E. Spect South Africa, Dagnachew B. Wakene Ethiopia, Ronnie Ronnie Muwanga -Uganda, Prudence Mabhena -Zimbabwe, Bandason Wackomagic Banda – South Africa, Keith Jones-USA, leroy Moor- USA, Joy Elan-USA, Toni Hickman-USA, Simon Manda – South Africa, Joy Ellen – USA, Lateef McCloud (MORE)
What: A Book/ebook of poetry, essays, song lyrics and pictures by African/ American writers, poets/musicians with disabilities/who are Deaf
Theme: Finding, exploring, expressing, educating, advocating for ourselves & for our disabled/Deaf communities…
How many pages: 140-200 pages
How many poems, essays and songs lyrics, pictures from each artist: 3 pieces from each artists.
Deadline to get the writing done:December 10th/2016
How to publish it: A physical book/ebook
How to stay in contact through the process: Through the internet/facebook/twitter
Main Editor: Leroy Moore Jr. of Krip-Hop Nation email@example.com www.kriphopnation.com
Fezo Da MAD ONE & The BLACK KRIPPLE, Founders of Krip-Hop Nation Release an EP, Krippin
(Photo Leroy standing up pointing the mic downward to Keith Jones who is sitting down looking at the audience)
The last time Fezo Da MAD ONE & The BLACK KRIPPLE, Keith Jones & Leroy Moore came together musically was a day after the 2004 Democratic National Convention, DNC in Fezo’s home town Boston back then. After becoming pissed off of what they and other Black disabled activists witnessed at the disability caucus of the DNC the two escaped to a local recording studio in Boston where Fezo fired up the mic and Leroy added some of his political poetic verses. Some of what was recorded landed on Fezo’s 2009’s CD
As President Obama gets ready to leave the White House, Fezo Da MAD ONE & The BLACK KRIPPLE has come back together musically however both of them have burnt the bridge that brought them together physically, the DNC, but that hasn’t stop them to collaborate on an EP entitled, Fezo Da MAD ONE & The BLACK KRIPPLE Krippin
As Black disabled straight men Fezo Da MAD ONE & The BLACK KRIPPLE shared raw discrimination from what happened to them by police and from all sides of their communities. In the song Disabled Profiled Leroy and Keith smacks society with reality of many people of color with disabilities that have true stories of being profilled by police and security guards base on their disability way before Black Lives Matter movement and on the same theme Keith & Leroy screams that they won’t let their oppressors rest on the track, Can’t Rest shinning moore light on the abuse that happens to people with disabilities on the streets, in psychiatric wards and in prison. As we should know that majority of people with disabilities worldwide lives under the poverty line, well Leroy & Keith penned an in-your- face-tongue and cheek song entitled SSI Dollars, where they describe how they wait for the fourth of the month and try to make it stretch to the end of the month plus at the same time calling out rapper, Macklemore, with a verse like this:
Makes me holla
Hey Macklemore I’m Leroy Moore
SSI Dollars buys a lot in thrift shop
This is real life not no Hip-Hop
On this same vibe of tongue and cheek with hard core disability pride lyrics Keith & Leroy tells society to eat it on their track, Eat My Disability
Open up wide
No salt, no pepper
Knife & fork
No spoon, no napkin No drink to wash it down
Eat my disability
Fezo Da MAD ONE & The BLACK KRIPPLE were there when Hip-Hop was born and both being music lovers and knowledgeable of music & disability history they also knew that people with disabilities were the first to provide entertainment most of the times against their will in cages in freak shows, circuses and museums etc.. On the track, In A Cage, Fezo Da MAD ONE & The BLACK KRIPPLE tracks Hip-Hop to slaves ships where the term, The Dozens, referred to disabled, sick…slaves who were separated from “healthy” slaves and they passed the time by verbally competing singing insults to each other until one won. In A Cage, also goes with Krip-Hop Nation tagline, Krip-Hop is more than music, educating about the link between disability history and the entertainment industry.
Fezo Da MAD ONE & The BLACK KRIPPLE Krippin’s EP is an appetizer from these two Black disabled activists/cultural workers but the full meal is being prepare with many of the Krip-Hop Nation’s artists for the Krip-Hop Nation’s tenth anniversary on January 4th/2017. Lick your lips because it will be Droolilicious but in the meantime go to CD Baby to eat up the EP, Fezo Da MAD ONE & The BLACK KRIPPLE Krippin. CD Baby link is coming soon.
2017 will be Krip-Hop Nation’s ten year anniversary! Preachman, Fezo & Rob ‘DA Temple and Binki Woi were all there in the beginning discussions our name, the politics and the reason why the world and Hip-Hop needed Krip-Hop Nation. I wrote the what, why, mission, the objectives and described the term, Krip of Krip-Hop Nation.
What: 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.
Why: Musicians with disabilities have always been here however there has been a lack of cultural activism especially in Hip-Hop with a disability justice approach to not only advocate but to continue to display the talents of musicians with disabilities & at the same time advocate & celebrate our history, intersectional cultures & to politically educate ourselves & our communities locally, nationally & internationally.
The Mission: is to educate the music, media industries and general public about the talents, history, rights and marketability of Hip-Hop artists and other musicians with disabilities from Blues to Hip-Hop internationally. Our bi-line is Krip-Hop is More Than Music.
The Main Objective: is to spread awareness about the history, arts, the isms of and facing musicians with disabilities along with getting the musical talents of hip-hop artists with disabilities into the hands of media outlets, educators, and hip-hop, disabled and race scholars, youth, journalists and hip-hop conference coordinators. Krip-Hop Nation have put out CDs, held conferences and spoke on issues from police brutality against people with disabilities to ableism in Hip-Hop, media and in our communities.
The Term Krip: The last but important concept of Krip-Hop Nation is the title. Why Krip with a K? Like I wrote above, Krip-Hop Nation is more than music and “bling bling”, it is about advocacy and education and taking back what has been taken from us to oppress us. Language, like other oppressed groups, was taken from people with disabilities and the language was turned on us to oppress us. Before people with disabilities had civil rights, a movement and arts, many had placed labels on us like “crazy”, “lame”, “cripple” and “retarded”, etc. Of course, now with our civil rights and disability studies and culture, we have named ourselves and have used the negative terms to our own benefit to not only shock people but to respect that these words are our history and we must reclaim them.
Today we have put out four mixtapes, a documentary on police brutality against people with disabilities entitled Where Is Hope: The Art Of Muder, with film maker Emmitt Thrower who is a disaled retired New York police officer. Krip-Hop Nation is international with loose chapters in the UK, Africa, Germany, Italy, Spain, Canada and of course the US. We have toured the UK and did shows in Toronto, CA. We have helped get wheelchhairs to Uganda, Africa.
In 2016, this year, Leroy Moore of Krip-Hop Nation will be traveling to South Africa to travel around with Simmon Menda, who has been working with peeople with disabilities throughout Africa and started a Newspaper for and by people wiwth disabilities in South Africa, to meet disabled musicians/artists to talk and collect art,music, and writings for a book of disabled musicians, poets from US & Africa many are Krip-Hop Nation’s members and to help produce a documentary of the tour. The bigger picture of the trip to South Africa is to plant seeds for an international artt festival/network sesssion of disabled artists with the hope of attraccting Stevie Wonder to be the embassor of the event.
With all the above great stuff of Krip-Hop Nation, one thing that has been hard for us but we continue to try and that is to find and attrack more Hip-Hop artists who are women with disabilities. Two years ago Krip-Hop Nation really wanted to put out an all women CD but it never happened so we will try again.
Although 2017 will be ten years of Krip-Hop Nation, it’s been hard to find and keep deadicated members. One reason, I think is Krip-Hop Nation is really abbout activism and less about the bling bling and also it is a collective not a non-profit so we relay on people’s donation and gigs that have the resources to bring us together. The last reason why Krip-Hop Nation hasn’t really been held by Hip-Hop arenea is the thinking and action of ableism that suffercates the Hip-Hop/music industry…
To celebrate our tenth aniversay, Krip-Hop Nation with DJ Quad of 5th Battalion in LA, US will put out the best of Krip—Hop Nation & gigs. So at this time all of our attention is focus on South Africa, our tenth anniversary in 2017 and to continue with our film showing/workshop of Where Is Hope: The Art Of Muder about police brutality against people with disabilitiies. For more information aboout Krip-Hop Nation & Where Is Hope: The Art Of Muder go to:
Hello my community, friends & family I have a question.
Would you support my trip/book project to South Africa to connect face to face with disabled artists/activists who some have started a Krip-Hop chapter? I have been making contact with disabled artists/activists in Africa for the last four years. I’m thinking to start an indiegogo campaign to cover my accommodation there, cost of the book and pocket money for food etc for a month. I want to ask first if there is support. The main awards would be the book and art/writings/music from the trip. So far I have a publisher who wants to publish this book, Blacktastic.net. So tell me would you support this in an Indiegogo campaign.
Trip: South Africa June 2016. Krip-Hop Nation/I have been connecting with disabled artists/musicians/activists in Africa through the internet for the last five years. I have written articles about disabled musicians in African, helped with a campaign to get two wheelchairs to Uganda and collaborated on music and news pieces that played on radio or been published in newspapers and more. In South African and Uganda disabled musicians formed a Krip-Hop chapter in their countries. After years of communicating on social networks like Facebook, it is time to meet face to face, thus a trip to South Africa.
Book: Working Title: Table Set: Africa to the San Francisco Bay, Black Disabled Writers/Poets/Musicians Reaching
Concept of the book: To create artistic advocacy avenues and physical products (CDs and Books) which will be made available to disabled people organizations (DPOs) throughout Africa and US pertinent departments to have a book/ebook of poetry, essays, song lyrics and pictures about our identities, our communities, our struggles, our celebrations, our politics and how we connect as Black disabled Africans/Americans . All of the pieces in the book will be from Black Krip-Hop Nation artists and other Black disabled artists from the US & Africa.
The Full Picture: This book project is only one small part of what I call From the West and East Coast to the ‘Root Coast’: African American Disability Activists Networking Session joining hands with Africa through Arts, Story telling and Music. Its goal is initiative is aimed at realizing a face-to-face, Afro-American and African disability activists’ interaction through music and arts using the Krip-Hop Nation as a platform.
What: A Book/ebook of poetry, essays, song lyrics and pictures by Black African/African American writers, poets/musicians with disabilities
Theme: Finding, exploring, expressing, educating, advocating for ourselves & for our Black communities…
How many pages: 160-200 pages
How to publish it: Publisher, blacktastic.net 2017
Timeline Draft it could change:
March- May ? 2016: Indeigogo campaign (To cover accommodation in South Africa, publishing cost and marketing)
June 2016: Travel to South Africa
July 2016 Travel back home
August 2016 Meeting with publisher
September- January 2017: Book Editing
Summer 2017: Book is out
SO WHAT DO YOU THINK? WOULD YOU HELP TO MAKE THIS COME TRUE? CONTACT ME AT BLACKKRIP@MAIL.COM
Thank you Billy Jam
“Hard working krip-hop culture ambassador, activist, and author Leroy Franklin Moore Jr. (a regular subject and contributor to the Amoebalog) has just unleashed his latest project. It’s the newly published Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics that is a book of original poems and song lyrics compiled over the past two decades by the author and sometime hip-hop artist. As with the rest of his body of work, this new project addresses issues that Black disabled people deal with, something the author says still only gets minimum attention. Some of the poems in the book were previously published in 1999 in his chapbook by POOR Magazine’s Poor Press, Moore told me when I recently caught up with him to ask him some questions and invite him to share some excerpts with the Amoeblog. As for specifically what subjects are covered in the new book he said, “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 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.”” Read more here.
I hope you are enjoying the holidays! Thank you for supporting my work this year. I want to take this time to thank you and share with you highlights that many helped make come true in 2015. And share with you some 2016 projects.
2015 was a great year for me and the work I’m involved in. Here is a small list of my 2015 highlights for me as an artist/writer/journalist/organizer.
– Meeting with Kim Shuck to talk about publishing my poetry book and in late Nov holding that book! Thanks Kim, James Downs and Poetic Matrix Press
– Working with Emmitt Thrower to help produced the film Where Is Hope? & putting on screening/forums throughout the Bay Area. Film Screenings/Workshops
– Interviewing Josh White Jr.(Will be posted in Feb.2016)
– Being apart of Sins Invalid’s artistic event at U.C. Berkeley on Disability Liberation looking at people with disabilities who are locked up. Disability Liberated: Behind the Scenes with Leroy Moore
– Working with the late Lynn Manning, Bruce A. Lemon Jr., Watts Village Theater Company, Jesse Djquad Morin, Hassan Jamal and others on the up coming Its A Krip-Hop Nation play that will premiere in Spring of 2016 in LA. Watts Village Theater
A lot of changes for 2016 but all good. I hope I’ll see you at my book get down party on Jan 30th at Modern Times Bookstore in the Mission district in San Francisco from 3-5pm. I want to thank my family and community for your support when I launched the indiegogo campaign for my book and online campaign for the Where Is Hope: The Art of Murder documentary film looking at police brutality against people with disabilities with Emmitt Thrower.
In 2016, looking forward to new projects like, an anthology of Black disabled writers, Krip-Hop trip to South Africa, more wokrshops/screening of Where Is Hope with Emmitt Thrower all over the US, The Best of Krip-Hop Nation mixtape, other music creations and a lot more.
Once again thank you! Below are links for my book, a link to Modern Times Bookstore book event and a link to Where Is Hope’s website. I hope I’ll see you not only at the book reading but around in the community.
Bookstore event: Modern Times Bookstore Event
Buy the book: Buy Book online
Where Is Hope film’s website: Film Documentary on Police Brutality on Peeps with Disabilities
(Pic Keith Jones & Leroy Moore at a Krip-Hop event in Sac 2013)
“I have known the writer Leroy Moore for about a decade, and ever since I’ve known him he has been on the front lines fighting for the human rights of disabled people, making art about the issues that are important to him and his community or out promoting the work of other disabled artists and scholars. He is currently promoting his newest book, “Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics,” so we sat down to delve inside the mind of one of the fixtures on the Bay Area art and activist scene, Leroy Moore. Check him out in his own words.” By The People’s Minister of Information Block Reportin 101: The Street Level Journalism of JR Valrey. Read the full interview here.