Black American Sign Language isn’t what you think. Watch and learn more about BASL from Evon Black, President of National Black Deaf Advocates.

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Transcript with Image Descriptions-

Evon, a woman with black shirt and a large colorful earrings sitting in a red chair in front of informational display about Black Deaf people. Evon signs “BASL isn’t what you think”. Graphics of “BASL ISN’T WHAT YOU THINK” shows up on the screen.

Evon: “BASL is not all the same.” with graphics of BASL: BLACK AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

Image Description – A picture of Evon with makeup and a brown shirt presenting inside with graphics of “THIS IS EVON” Then another picture of Evon presenting outside with the graphics of “CURRENT PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL BLACK DEAF ADVOCATES”. The the black and white logo of “National Black Deaf Advocates” with the advocate sign in the middle of US.

Evon standing in front of the US Capitol: “ILY. My beautiful people. My beautiful soul.”

Image Description – Map of the Southeast part of US with the state of Arkansas in green. Graphics of “BORN AND RAISED IN ARKANSAS” shows up on the screen.

Image Description – Evon in a red dress with an adorned headband smiling with people cheering in the background. Graphics show “A NATIVE BASL USER”. Then a series of two pictures of Evon with NDBA.

Image Description: A group of black NDBA members smiling and laughing. Graphics of “WHAT MAKES BASL?” show up on the screen.

Evon: “What’s similar with BASL is strong facial expressions and body language, larger signing space, and with Black culture, having the shared mutual understanding.”

Image Description – A series of photos of NDBA members talking and interacting at NDBA conference.

Evon: “Does BASL all have the same dialect and accent? Nope, not true. Really, BASL varies based on region, different languages from hearing families, school, church, and peers.”

Image description – A picture of Evon presenting outside signing BLACK. Graphics show “EXAMPLES OF BASL VARIATIONS”.

Evon: “A few regional signs varies by state for ‘well-dressed sharply’ like our people.” *Evon points to the picture behind her of Black Deaf people dressed sharply. The camera gives a close-up. Then Evon continues, “In Arkansas *signs BAD*” with the graphics of BAD showing up on the screen, “DC *signs FINE*” with the graphics of FINE showing up on the screen, “Miami *signs HARD*” with the graphics of HARD showing up on the screen, “NYC *signs TIGHT*” with the graphics of TIGHT showing up on the screen. “Just so you know, the degree of the expressions like BAD is a reflection of how well our people dress.”

Image description – A group picture of NBDA members with graphics showing “BASL IS PROUDLY EMBRACED BY BLACK DEAF COMMUNITY”.

Evon: “So, BASL isn’t what you think. Peace out!”

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