Sean Forbes, the auteur of this blog’s video showcase below, is becoming what is known as a “crossover” hit – a man who’s made it both in his niche and far beyond.
What this 28 year-old mime, rapper and entertainment artist is doing is starting to shake up the “hearing world” as much as it is opening up doors for those who are hard of hearing (approximately 36-40 million Americans).
How? Well Forbes is pushing new boundaries in making music accessible for the deaf, which he’s been doing with his Detroit-based nonprofit D-PAN (see his website here). He’s also starting to cross over for his humor, miming skills and focus on fairly “mainstream” entertainment that was always of interest but very hard to access for many people with disabilities, including hearing disabilities.
Personally we like his style and his focus. We are very interested in such things, and will reveal our plans for “accessible concerts” coming soon. If we get our ducks in a line the way we hope to, we’re going to invite him down here for a concert (Forbes plays all over the U.S. to live audiences now).
We showcased his most recent work in the last post, (Let’s Mambo) but the video below is also fab for various reasons, starting with it’s in-your-face assertion of “disability” right before he rocks your world.
No matter who you are.
Long overdue and a major development in the “mainstreaming” of PWDs everywhere.
- Deaf, Loud and Proud – Music video (pplwd.wordpress.com)
- Deaf Rapper Uses Sign Language to Rhyme (theboombox.com)
- Not all deaf people want to be ‘fixed’ | Charlie Swinbourne (guardian.co.uk)
- deaf: an ethnicity? (3quarksdaily.com)