Black Disabled Men Talk Episode 6: Black Ableism
In this episode of Black Disabled Men Talk (4/2020) Leroy Moore, Keith Jones, Ottis Smith, and Lateef McLeod four Black Disabled Activists/Artists discuss what is Black Ableism, what is the difference of being disabled versus politically disabled.
Includes commentary from Leroy Moore, Keith Jones, Ottis Smith, and Lateef McLeod. Video is captioned by Cheryl Green.
Keith Jones is the President and CEO of SoulTouchin’ Experiences. An organization aimed at bringing a perspective to the issues of access inclusion and empowerment, which affect him as well as others who are persons with a disability. Mr. Jones is also extremely active in multi- cultural, cross-disability education and outreach efforts and, conducts trainings (including train the trainer) with the purpose of strengthening efforts to “provide services and information to people with disabilities. Over his years as and advocate Mr. Jones has been awarded New Leadership Development Award From The President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. The Commonwealth Coalition’s Progressive Leadership Award the 2006 Moro Fleming Consumer Involvement Award from the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, with as well as, a recent graduate of the inaugural class of Initiative for Diversity in Civic Leadership. Also, in 2008 long shot 2008 U S Senatorial bid based on “Fulfilling America’s Promise”. Mr. Jones is also extremely active in multi-cultural, cross-disability education and outreach efforts and has performed trainings (including train the trainer) with the purpose of strengthening outreach efforts to provide services and information to people with disabilities. Mr. Jones works to not only educate the disability community about enhanced community living, but also the community at large. Mr. Jones holds a strong desire to get the disability community more involved in the issues that concern their own lives. Mr. Jones provides outreach support in relationship to the arts and independent living skills. Mr. Jones has been recognized for his emerging leadership by the state of Massachusetts and President’s Commission for Employment for People with Disabilities. Also, Mr. Jones is the Disability Law Center’s 2011 Individual Leadership Award. While at the same time Mr. Jones continued his artistic endeavors. Most recently his upcoming release of ‘Vocal Tai Chi vol. 2’, an homage to the hip hop. Also, along with Mr. Leroy Moore the two men co-founded Krip Hop Nation an international collective of artist with disabilities which is currently celebrating its 10th year anniversary. The tag line of Krip Hop Nation is, “Its more than music,..’ As a solo artist Mr. Jones is also celebrating 40 years of being in hip hop with a continued mixing of beats lyrics and activism.
Lateef McLeod is an accomplished writer and scholar and has earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley, an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, and is currently pursuing a doctorate with the Anthropology and Social Change department at California Institute for Integral Studies. He published two books of poetry, A Declaration of A Body Of Love in 2010 and Whispers of Krip Love, Shouts of Krip Revolution in 2020, and is writing a novel entitled The Third Eye Is Crying. He participated in Sins Invalid performances and is a co-host of the podcast, Black Disabled Men Talk.
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.
I’m 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.