Today’s episode is about Black disabled women in media. I’m in conversation with the goddesses behind Triple Cripples: Kym Oliver and Jay Abdullahi. Triple Cripples is a project created to highlight the narratives of Black & non-Black Women, Femmes & Non-Binary People of Colour, living with disabilities whose stories would otherwise remain hidden from view. You’ll hear Kym and Jay talk about the origins of Triple Cripples, the lack of representation of Black disabled women in media, the racism they face as Black disabled women in the UK, their vision for culture change, and the future of their platform.
Featured on the BBC, AJ+, METRO, Black Ballad, iNews and more, TRIPLE CRIPPLES was created by Kym Oliver & Jay Abdullahi. It is a ground-breaking platform, created to increase visibility & highlight the narratives of Black & non-Black Women, Femmes & Non-Binary People of Colour, living with disabilities – whose stories would otherwise remain hidden from view.
The project came out of their frustration with the lack of representation of Black Disabled women, like them and it’s social, cultural, economic & medical implications. You can find them spitting hard facts and cackling inappropriately about various topics on their YouTube Channel. Their podcast is more of the same, featuring in-depth interviews with special guests sharing insight into their lived experiences.
These women are doing the work! You can also find them around the world giving lectures, offering training, guesting on panels and side-eying colonisers.
Kym & Jay are extremely passionate about eradicating the cultural taboos surrounding illness and disability within the Black community, not just in the UK, but in the global diaspora. The intersections of Race, Gender & Disability are key factors in determining how people experience the world around them.
Yet so often, these axes of oppression are overlooked in Disability activism, Feminist agendas & Black liberation movements. The TRIPLE CRIPPLES are here to change the culture. They refuse to be ignored any longer and are dedicating their lives to being SEEN & screaming “WE ARE HERE!”
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Cheryl Green, Audio Producer & Text Transcript
Alice Wong, Writer, Audio Producer, Host
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Album: NO BIG DEAL
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp
“Blossoming,” “Kitty in the Window,” and “Relinquish” by Podington Bear. (Source: freemusicarchive.org. Licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.)