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Meet The Rock Star Of American Sign Language

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This is Barbie Parker giving an expressive performance in front of a crowd of thousands of cheering fans at Lollapalooza. If her name doesn’t ring a bell in your mental dictionary of rock stars, that’s because she’s never been a headliner–she’s a sign language interpreter who performs alongside hugely popular musical acts like Jack White and Green Day. Parker’s company, LotuSIGN, has helped bring sign language interpreters to more musical performances, and the demand for her services continues to grow. “Music is such a large part of who I am,” she said. “I want to be able to open up that experience.” Parker’s performances include air drumming, lip syncing lyrics, dancing, and jamming on an air guitar to communicate each concert to attendees who are deaf or hard of hearing. Check out a couple videos of Parker in action, after the jump! Keep reading »

Brush Up On Your Sign Language

I’ve been meaning to brush up on my basic sign language. I had forgotten the international sign for “go to hell,” a hand motion I plan to use as often as possible. [Pleated Jeans] Keep reading »

Sign Language Performers Not Afraid To Get Their Swagger On


BuzzFeed has an awesome video roundup featuring “The 9 Best Sign Language Performances from Music Festivals.” These are the folks who translate the performers’ lyrics through American Sign Language for those in the audience who are hearing impaired. You don’t need to know ASL to recognize this interpreter is working the Black Eyed Peas set when they did “My Humps” at last year’s Bumbershoot. To read about the fine art of co-performing with Snoop Dogg, here’s more. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

Sex Ed In Sign Language, She’s Good With Her Hands

You don’t have to be fluent in sign language to know what this woman is talking about: S-E-X. Good thing that not-so subtle interpreter is there! We’re picking up what you’re throwing down, hot stuff. We also hope you didn’t get whiplash from making this awesome vid. [WOW]

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