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This 22-Year-Old TikToker Uses Her Platform to Teach Black American Sign Language

Nakia Smith — also known as Charmay — is the 22-year-old TikToker teaching Black American Sign Language (BASL) one viral video at a time. Charmay is the fourth deaf generation of five generations, and according to Blavity, she’s using her experience to educate people on not only sign language but the deaf community as well. Her videos have allowed her to accumulate over 300,000 followers and include her siblings, grandparents, and great-great-grandparents, all of whom are deaf as well. Each video has a particular focus on American Sign Language (ASL) and BASL  and also educates people on the best way to interact with members of the deaf community. Recently, Smith partnered with Netflix to create a video that explains that the particular ASL dialect, BASL, was actually created because of segregated schools. Black American Sign Language? What You Know About That? Meet Nakia Smith a.k.a. Charmay (@realcaunsia). She's the 4th deaf generation of five generations, and she is here to...

Dec 7, 2020