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When I did the Killer Mike show at Bonnaroo —  he was born and raised in Atlanta, so any kind of slang stuff that he was — any, well, most of his stuff was slang he was throwing out in his performances — I made sure to make it as an indigenous as possible to Atlanta. So for example, the sign “brotha” in Atlanta is different than the one for New York City. So in order to make the interpretations as authentic as possible so the deaf patron is getting as close to the same experience as the hearing people are getting, I’m using signs that are indigenous to where that person grew up, or where they’re from or where they’re living currently.

— Sign language interpreter Holly Maniatty on making concerts come alive for the hearing impaired for NPR’s Tell Me More

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