KripHop Livestream event showcases performers from the disabled community from around the world
A couple of years ago, I reached out to NPR Tiny Desk winner Gaelynn Lea on Twitter. I’m a hearing impaired 31 year old man who has worn hearing aids since the age of 7, and likely has lived with this since birth. So, this makes my interest in music a bit curious, to say the least. My background, and my discovery of Gaelynn Lea and her advocacy for the disability community, particularly when it comes to fellow musicians, fascinated me. I asked her for personalities to follow if I wanted to cover more artists from this community on Tuned Up.
One of those folks is Leroy Moore, a poet in California. He is the man behind KripHop Nation, an organization dedicated to amplifying performers in the disabled hip hop community and beyond.
This Saturday, May 16, KripHop Nation is hosting a livestream benefit event for a myriad of performers from around the world. The full list is below and includes names from everywhere from New York, to Ohio (we should have included him in our Ohio Bands to Watch article!)
Anyone can attend in exchange for a donation. All donations will benefit the following, as explained in a press release:
Open Doors in NY, is an arts-and-justice initiative on Roosevelt Island, based in the long-term care facility where many members live. OPEN DOORS is also a creative community that ripples out across New York City and beyond. At the center of this network are the Reality Poets—black and Latino men who use wheelchairs largely due to street violence and who work to save lives through art. and 2) Warriors on Wheels of Metropolitan Detroit, a grassroots non profit Advocacy Organization of people with disabilities for people with disabilities. They started a food delivery program for people with disabilities throughout the Detroit area.
The full lineup for this weekend is below. Festivities kick off at 2PM Pacific. Get your ticket here.