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“The blues look like me”

by Leroy F. Moore Jr., Charles L. Hughes

“Krip-Hop really stems from our ancestors, saying that we’ve been here and that hip-hop artists with disabilities matter. We’ve been here since the blues, [since] jazz.”

Leroy F. Moore Jr. has long stood at the intersection of disability arts, advocacy, and activism over a wide-ranging and influential career. He cofounded (with Keith Jones) the Krip-Hop Nation, a worldwide collective of artists and activists working to amplify the work of disabled creators that has become a crucial voice in expanding the presence of disability within the culture. Krip-Hop Nation is deeply informed by Moore’s long career of activism in the worlds of disability justice (a movement and philosophy that Moore helped create) and racial justice. Krip-Hop, like Moore himself, is particularly insistent on confronting issues like police violence, sexual harassment, and employment discrimination that are disproportionately experienced by disabled people.

This article appears as an abstract above, the complete article can be accessed in Project Muse
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