Archive: Aug 2015

  1. Interview for Krip-Hop Nation About Journalism & Police Brutality Against Disabled Black People

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    Last week, I was afforded the opportunity to be interviewed by Leroy Moore, Jr., the founder of Krip-Hop Nation, for a special series he is doing surrounding the disabled Black experience, police brutality, and journalism.  

    I have gotten to know Leroy earlier this year, and am amazed at his legacy as a disabled Black advocate and the incredible work he has done.  When he asked me to do this, I could not wait to see the questions he had for me.  I have discussed my thoughts about police brutality and being a disabled Black woman late last year on the blog, and it is still a passionate topic for me.  This is especially true when I learned about the incident in San Francisco where a Black amputee was detained by 14 police officers because he was believed to have had a weapon.  The “weapons” were his crutches and prosthetic leg.  The video footage of the exchange is very upsetting, and is a prime example of the kind of danger, harassment, and violation disabled Black people endure from the police.  The realities, fears, and anger needs to be discussed, and this interview, and the many more Leroy plans to conduct with other disabled bloggers and advocates, will shatter the silence and ignorance, and declare that our lives matter, too.  

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  2. Freewheel, Fitness Tracker for Wheelchair Users: Tools You Can Use

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    Over the weekend, I stumbled upon an article about a new fitness tracker being developed for disabled people, particularly wheelchair users like myself.  Being someone who always jokes about how pushing this 20+ pounds of metal for over 25 years has been a great cardio workout routine for me, I was eager to learn more about how Freewheel came to be, and to feature it this week for the “Tools You Can Use” series.

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  3. #WOCwD, the Official Hashtag for Women of Color with Disabilities

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    Last month, I decided to create a hashtag for disabled women of color that would allow us to connect with each other, and build our sisterhood and empower one another.  I wanted to share the hashtag officially on the RYV! blog so that my readers whom fall under the hashtag’s purpose would know about it, and hopefully start using it on social media.

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