Musicians with disabilities have been in the spotlight for decades. Artists such as violinist Itzhak Perlman (polio), singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder (blindness), country singer Clay Walker (multiple sclerosis), percussionist Evelyn Glennie (deafness), and Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen (complete arm amputation): all are major recording artists. And then there is Leroy Moore, Jr., founder of Krip-Hop Nation.
Krip-Hop Nation is a worldwide organization that addresses the discrimination against disabled artists in mainstream hip-hop by publishing articles and hosting events, lectures, and workshops. Moore was first put in the spotlight in the early 2000s, when he coproduced and cohosted a three-part series on what he dubbed "Krip-Hop" on KPFA's Pushing Limits program, which focuses on news, arts, and culture from the disabled community. Moore, who sufffers from cerebral palsy, tirelessly advocates for hip-hop performing artists with disabilities.
Leroy Moore, Jr. Blind Joe Capers
Come experience a multimedia presentation, including a panel discussion led by Moore. Musicians, poets, and spoken word artists will share their stories about dealing with the entertainment industry underground and living in the community. Moore will also discuss an upcoming documentary about Oakland's own late Blind Joe Capers.
Saturday, July 11, 2:00 p.m. - Main Library, Bradley Walters Community Room
Learn more about Krip-Hop Nation and performing artists with disabilities:
Interview with Leroy Moore, Jr., on KQED Arts
Videos and music from Krip-Hop Nation Ent.
Future-Link: Musicians Who Overcome Great Odds For Their Music
Freegal – Available from Oakland Public Library: download and stream music and videos from the catalog of artists in Sony Music Entertainment, including Itzhak Perlman, Evelyn Glennie, and Def Leppard. It’s FREE with your Oakland Public Library card!