Here For All: February 15-21

Thursday, February 18, 2021

What I Hear When You Say 

This video is part of PBS’ series, What You Hear When I Say, and addresses and examines the language used when describing LGBTQA communities. In this video several members of the LGBTQA community talk about their experiences in conversations with friends and community members. Visit to watch the video and learn how to be more inclusive in your own conversations. 


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Black, Deaf, and Extremely Online 

Last year, Netflix shared a video on social media about Black American Sign Language (BASL), that featured Nakia Smith explaining the history and differences of BASL in comparison with American Sign Language. Nakia Smith has been sharing her videos on TikTok since last year and was also interviewed for an article with the New York Times, entitled Black, Deaf and Extremely Online. The article focuses on her experiences in the deaf community,  how the history and voices of the deaf community are being shared with more people through social media and documentaries, and how the younger Black deaf generation is taking ownership of BASL as a part of their history and embracing it. Click here to read the article now. 

You can find out more about BASL and Nakia Smith’s story on her TikTokItsCharmay, or by watching Deaf U (on Netflix), and Signing Black in America.