Leroy Moore: Portrait
Leroy Moore’s Self Portrait “Slow Eugenics” by Ottis Smith entitled Slow Eugenics with poetry hip-hop track with the same title, Slow Eugenics.
Leroy might not be the first one to use this term, Slow Eugenics, where the outcome is still death but it is an ongoing process to deliver you to death. These anti poverty laws, profiling, the rolling back of civil rights, the gentrification of cities with high rents, with more funding for police and on and on is what Leroy now call Slow Eugenics.
Leroy hired Ottis Smith to do a painting of his experiencing Slow Eugenics at birth and at age fifty in a visual art piece with two sets of people, i.e. doctors and police officers.
The vision of Leroy Moore’s Self Portrait by Ottis Smith entitled “From Baby To Elder: Slow Eugenics” has put two pictures together with doctors in white suits surrounded baby leroy and another pic with Leroy as an elder on his bike with cops surrounded him. All of Leroy’s vision will come together in one high resolution jpeg. This high resolution drawing shows different version of soft slow eugenics with doctors when he was born with cerebral palsy saying he will die or just be vegetable and second picture of Leroy in his fifties on his three wheel bike surround by police officers. True stories.
This visual art piece comes with a poetry Hip-Hop track entitled “Slow Eugenics” by Leroy F. Moore, produced and mixed by Keith Jones. Wait for it!
Image: Ottis Smith
Audio: Leroy Moore,
From Harvard to The Whitney Museum to Media Engagement for Disability in Johannesburg South Africa, Leroy Moore has more than twenty years of activism, journalism, writing, lecturing on race and disability. Black disabled poet, activist and author of five books on Black Disabled issues from poetry to children books to his recent graphic novel, Krip-HopVol. 1 that was publish in 2019 by Poor Press. After writing Black Disabled Art History 101 in 2017, he was visited more often by Black disabled ancestors who pushed him to write his recent book, Black Disabled Ancestors under Poor Press of Poor Magazine. Also in August of 2020 Leroy and Naru Kwin released their film on Blind Joe Capers who changed the Oakland’s music scene in the 80’s and 90’s!. Fall 2021 Leroy starts his Ph.D. in Anthropology at UCLA. Leroy F. Moore Jr., Founder of the Krip-Hop Nation. Since the 1990s, has written the column “Illin-N-Chillin” for POOR Magazine. Moore is one of the founding member of National Black Disability Coalition and activist around police brutality against people with disabilities. Leroy has started and helped started organizations like Disability Advocates of Minorities Organization to Sins Invalid to Krip-Hop Nation. His cultural work includes film documentary, Where Is Hope, Police Brutality Against People with Disabilities, spoken-word CDs, poetry books and children’s book, Black Disabled Art History 101 published by Xochitl Justice Press. Moore has traveled internationally networking with other disabled activists and artists. Moore has wrote, sang and collaborated to do music videos on Black disabled men. In July 2019 Leroy Moore under Krip-Hop Nation organized African Disabled Musicians San Francisco Bay Area Tour with disabled musicians from Uganda, Tanzania and The Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2021 Leroy Moore published a book about Black disabled young men under SoulfulMediaWorks. Leroy has won many awards for his advocacy from the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council under Willie L. Brown to the Local Hero Award in 2002 from Public Television Station, KQED in San Francisco and in 2014, San Francisco Bayview Newspaper named Leroy, Champion of Disabled People in the Media on Black Media Appreciation Night. Born in 1967 with cerebral palsy in NYC, Leroy Moore, Jr. was blessed to have a conscious, activist father & mother who instilled a strong sense of identity as a Black and disabled youngster. Thus, Moore’s Krip-Hop Nation is a movement that addresses ableism, or discrimination against disabled artists, esp. Black musicians marginalized because of racism Leroy F. Moore Jr. , Founder of the Krip-Hop Nation. Since the 1990s, has been a key member of Poor Magazine that started with a column “Illin-N-Chillin” for POOR Magazine then onto a founding member of Poor Magazine’s Homefulness and Decolonize Academy, their school. Moore is one of the founding members of National Black Disability Coalition and activist around police brutality against people with disabilities. His cultural work includes spoken-word CDs, films, poetry books and children’s book, Black Disabled Art History 101 published by Xochitl Justice Press.
Ottis Smith is an African American digital artist out of California as well as a person living with a disability. He completed his AA at Long Beach city college in Communications. Since then, he became an autodidact. Studying how western society evolved from its Greek foundation to contemporary modernism. Smith has also written and illustrated four comic books and currently working on his fifth. The fifth which features a disabled anti-hero who shares a similar story to his own. His main motivation for starting comic books specifically those which are African centered, is to counter the negative images of how blackness is depicted. Smith is a contributor to Krip-Hop nation, and is one of the four key speakers on Black Disabled Men speak podcast. Prior to Covid-19 lockdown Smith volunteered at the African American Museum of Beginnings in Pomona Ca where he also studied aspects of black history which often goes undiscussed.