"Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics" by Leroy Franklin Moore Jr. (aka The Black Kripple)

Posted by Billyjam, January 5, 2016 02:15pm | Post a Comment

Hard-working krip-hop culture ambassador, activist, and author Leroy Franklin Moore Jr. (a regular subject and contributor to the Amoeblog) has just unleashed his latest project. It's the newly published The Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics, 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 put out by Poor Magazine’s Poor Press, as 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, my lady, 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."


Baby, I still haven't gotten the shot at the proper recognition or financial support that comes with it.
I'm still waiting for my dues and proper respect for my talents.  Seven decades of dues paid and
I'm still waiting for the highlight of my career."
- Jimmy Scott

In the new book Moore quotes the late great jazz artist Jimmy Scott. Moore said that he had interviewed Scott twice and saw him live twice. Scott is featured in the new book's first chapter.  "Chapter one is like a history of Black disabled musician in Blues, Soul, and World music from poem songs for Ray Charles to Curtis Mayfield to Johnnie Ma Dunson, to disabled musicians in Africa like Liyana & Staff Benda Bilili," said Moore. "As a Black disabled journalist, researcher, poet, activist and song writer, I’ve always realized and wrote that we -- Black disabled activists, artists, writers, poets, and musicians -- are and have been out there for a long time writing, singing, speaking, and opening up doors to the publishing, art, music, and activist world.  We have been and today in greater numbers debunking the popular notion that has been leveled at us over and over again by others and that is, 'You are not marketable and there is no audience for your work,'" stressed Moore.

The author firmly believes that, "Black disabled writers, musicians, visual artists, and others have been discriminated against and ripped off" dating back to "Black blind Blues artists."  Disabled artists finding a voice as a recognized group is a relatively new phenomenon, said Moore. "Only in the last ten years or so Black disabled people, writers, poets, visual artists, journalists, musicians, and more are sharing their stories, organizing like the NBDC (National Black Disability Coalition),  I.D.E.A.L. Magazine, and the artwork of Curtis Blackwell.  However, today there is still a lack of books on, about, and written by Black disabled writers and not only self-help books. I’m excited today to see Black disabled people taking their own creative and activist talents in their own hands and putting out music, art, and books on their own through the Internet and self-publishing."

"Uncle weroy I don't like cops cause they mess with you!” This is a quote from Leroy's four year old niece, taken from Chapter Two, "Black & Blue: Police, State &The Abuse of People with Disabilities." It came about he said, "when I was picking my niece Ace and her brothers up from school here in Berkeley. Ace has witnessed Berkeley police stopping me on my three wheel bike or just walking.  So the day when I picked her up, she ran to meet me and while waiting for her brothers to get out of their class, she looked up to me and said, 'Uncle weroy I don't like cops cause they mess with you!' Leave it up to kids to speak the truth.  Since the late '80s I’ve been involved in stopping police brutality, especially when it comes to people with disabilities. In Chapter Two, there are poems and songs that I wrote on this topic and many are true stories like the killing of Roger Anthony who was a Black young man with a disability. While ridding his bike home, he passed a crime scene and that’s when police shot him. I had to write a poem about it because I was profiled by Berkeley police. I was ridding my three wheel bike and they stopped me and tried to pull me off. I noticed that the two cops had another Black man up against the wall. Thank God I wasn’t shot like Roger Anthony!  You know more than half of all police killings are people with disabilities?  Not only by police. Youth with disabilities are abused in schools by teachers, teacher's aides, bus drivers, and resource officers."

"It's not inspiring, it's not amazing, it just is!  Don’t erase me!" writes Leroy Moore in Chapter Four. Of the quote that begins the fourth chapter in his new book, he says, "I feel like I’m repeating what the disability community has been shouting at the mainstrean, media, Hollywood, the music industr, etc. for decades now. Being an activist and journalist, it kills me to see journalists today using not only out-of-date terminology but constantly trying to erase us." Entitled "Porgy & Jim Crow Sings/Raps Today," the fourth chapter talks about the "real Jim Crow who was an elder disabled man, to the Krip-Hop remix of Porgy & Bess to a political remake of the OutKast and a dis remake song of Lil Wayne and Rick Ross.

After watching the music video for Lil Wayne's hit song "John (feat. Rick Ross)" off the 2011 album Tha Carter IV  (see video below), Moore said that he was "fired up seeing Rick Ross in a wheelchair." In the book, Moore covers music history dealing with musicians with disabilities dating back to 1920’s with blind Blues artists like Blind Willie Johnson to the story of Josh White Sr. in the poem, "Little Boy of the Blues." The book also includes the work of local Bay Area disabled musicians such as Avotcja via the poem/song "The Come on Foot."

Lil Wayne "John (feat. Rick Ross)" (2011)

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