A video of Jermaine Greaves showing off his moves is making the rounds online. The aforesaid video shows 27-year-old Greaves, who has cerebral palsy dancing at the Afropunk music festival, which was held in Brooklyn last month.
"People with disabilities don't get the chance to truly exist in spaces," Greaves told Good Morning America. The Brooklynite states that there's no need to apologize for being you.
As a disability advocate, he wants to take full advantage of the spotlight by encouraging others to be what they are without any sort of restrictions. For him, making an impact is more important than garnering popularity online.
When he posted a video of him grooving to Missy Elliot in dance circle at Afropunk on his Instagram page, he didn't have any intention of going viral. Nevertheless, the video going viral didn't surprise him.
His video was reposted by The Shade Room on their Instagram page, garnering over a whopping 2 million views.
American rapper and actor T.I. took to the comments section to express his happiness. "This genuinely made me feel good," he declared.
Greaves acknowledged that having cerebral palsy made his journey extremely challenging. The positive attention he has got after the video has gone viral has changed his attitude towards life.
"Living with a disability, people are always trying to place you in society, so I find often that I have to place myself in different situations that people don't expect me to be in just so I have a place there," he explained.
According to Greaves, the video has given him huge popularity and people now know him.
Cashing in on his new-found popularity, Greaves is gearing up to go on tour this winter, spreading awareness about disability, while helping others to live openly.
He wants to show people through dance and other mediums that they can be themselves, and that there's no need for them to change to live their lives.
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