Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Talented Tuesdays: Tracy Clayton & Heben Nigatu

It's Talented Tuesday! Each week, For Nerdy Girls features a digital innovator who inspires colorful women around the world. These are individuals who should be celebrated on a global level, so we'll start by talking about these changemakers right here.

Names: Tracy Clayton & Heben Nigatu

Twitter: @brokeymcpoverty & @heavenrants

Website: buzzfeed.com/tracyclayton & heavenrants.tumblr.com/writingandpress

What they do: Tracy is a Staff Writer at BuzzFeed, and Heben is a Senior Editor at BuzzFeed.

Why they are inspiring: Heben and Tracy host the BuzzFeed podcast, Another Round. They have interviewed such as luminaries as First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, emperor of Nerdland Melissa Harris-Perry, and comedy pioneer Margaret Cho. They have introduced me to the work of other amazing women like Kaya Thomas, fellow Caribbean native Stacy-Marie Ishmael, and Dr. Adrienne Keene.  They advocate for issues including self-care, mental health, anti-racism, career success, and women's safety.

Heben and Tracy also tell a range of jokes from corny to  that make me giggle. In a podcast sea of whiteness and maleness, these two ladies provide a safe space lifeboat for colorful women everywhere.

If you would like to nominate a digital innovator for Talented Tuesdays, please let us know in the comments, or email us at ForNerdyGirls [at] gmail [dot] com.

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