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Kalyn Heffernan & Wheelchair Sports Camp Intentionally Included Mexico & Canada On "Wall To Wall" Tour - Tonight @ 924 Gilman

Posted by Billyjam, March 17, 2017 10:11am | Post a Comment

Artist/activist and regular subject of the Amoebllog Kalyn Heffernan along with her hip-hop live group Weelchair Sports Camp are back out on tour this month as they do each year around this time, typically with at least one date at the South By Southwest conference and festival (SxSW). But this year the politically themed Denver CO group, who recently released their official debut album No Big Deal, are skipping SxSW in Austin for their 2017 version of their Spring North American tour.  Instead Heffernan said that the band is making a point of including dates in their current West Coast "Wall to Wall" tour in both Mexico and Canada: something inspired by the current political climate.

"Nothing can stop free flow of music," said Heffernan. "Ideas in the digital age or anytime the desires of the people overwhelm the oppressors.  That's why at this precarious  juncture Wheelchair Sports Camp had to return to Mexico and Canada: two countries that have welcomed their Denver sound with giant open arms!"

The current Wheelchair Sports Camp tour, in support of the late Ikey Owens produced album No Big Deal album on the Sage Francis founded Strange Famous Records, kicked off in Kansas City earlier this month and has already included stops in Iowa, New Mexico, Nevada, California (including Low End Theory), and Mexico. They play Vancouver Canada next week (March 21st at The Cobalt). Tonight (Friday March 17th) at 7pm the band play 924 Gilman in Berkeley CA (all ages show - more info) and tomorrow they play Shea's Tavern in Reno Nevada when they're expected to play the new album tracks "Mary Had A Little Band" and "Hard Out Here For A Gimp." See the accompanying music videos for both album tracks below and click here for full tour schedule.

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Neil Young, Equipto, Chill E.B., A Tribe Called Red, & Kalyn Heffernan Among Protesters of Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)

Posted by Billyjam, November 18, 2016 04:35am | Post a Comment

With the increasingly frequent number of organized protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline (#NoDAPL) taking place across the nation, the number of outspoken protesters adopting the cause and taking it to the streets, online, and/or to North Dakota has similarly multiplied. Among this steadily swelling number of protesters, that culminated earlier this week with a national day of action at 300 different protests across the US, many are musicians. Hailing from varied genres and generations these include such artists as Neil Young, A Tribe Called Red, Equipto, Joan Baez, Trevor Hall, Michael Franti, Chill E.B., Buffy Saint Marie, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Indigo Girls, Dregs One, The Zotigh Singers, Raye Zaragoza, Jackson Browne, and DJ Troubleman. These are musicians who've either protested and or recorded protest music against the controversial pipeline. One high profile protester who could be added to this musician's list, considering that three decades ago he recorded a protest folk album, is Vermont senator Bernie Sanders who made a surprise appearance and speech in Washington DC during this week's (Nov 15th) national day of action.

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"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."

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Film On Police Brutality Against People With Disabilities "Where Is Hope - The Art of Murder" Screens in Bay Area Week of Oct 19th

Posted by Billyjam, October 18, 2015 08:20am | Post a Comment

Author/activist/artist/broadcaster/Krip-Hop Nation founder and frequent guest Amoeblogger Leroy Moore, is his typical hella busy self. Always working on a new project, including new music tracks and putting the finishing touches to his accurately titled new book of poetry and prose, Black Kripple Delivers Poetry & Lyrics, that will be published in December, he is also one of the subjects in the new documentary Where Is Hope - The Art Of Murder that will be screened along with an open forum at various Bay Area venues (in the East Bay and SF) over the coming week beginning on Monday, October 19th in Oakland at Perch on Grand Ave. 

Directed by Emmitt H Thrower and co-produced by Moore, the film tackles the very topical subject of police brutality against minorities with a focus on police brutality against people with disabilities. The stories of two main subjects are told, including the well publicized incident of Jason Harrison who was shot and killed by Dallas, Texas police. He was the schizophrenic 38-year-old African American man who was shot and killed by white police officers in front of his own mother on the doorstep of their home after she herself had called 911 for support with her mentally ill son so she could get him to a hospital. Instead, the police, upon seeing the calm Harrison holding a screwdriver, shot and killed him. That was last year. Then a few months ago, a grand jury in Dallas County announced that they would not indict the two officers in the fatal shooting.

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"It's Hard Out Here For A Gimp" - Kalyn Heffernan of WheelGrabbers

Posted by Billyjam, March 4, 2015 11:00am | Post a Comment

On the powerful new track "It's Hard Out Here For A Gimp" - found on the just released WheelGrabbers self-titled album - Denver emcee and front-person of Wheelchair Sports Camp, Kalyn Heffernan holds no punches. Over the song's head-nodding beats she unleashes a litany of  witty reactionary rhymes to a lifetime of being treated like some freak. This she ably does via enlightening engaging lyrics that, while consistently hard-hitting, are all good humored and never mean-spirited. "No matter where I go, all eyes on me. Everyone stop what you're doing; the human's movin'" - raps the wheelchair using, three and a half foot tall woman, who has the brittle-bone disability Osteogenesis Imperfecta - three factors of her life that total strangers will unabashedly  bring up upon crossing paths with her. "They're God blessin' me and I didn't even sneeze. On their knees questioning me excessively. Wanna know my life expectancy. Like it doesn't get to me?" she rhymes while exposing the less than tactful questions posed by the parade of patronizing people that she encounters on a daily basis out in public.

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