Another Round with Tracy Clayton, the writer, not the journalist

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Another Round with Heben and Tracy
BuzzFeed Podcast

Tracy Clayton
Writer/Podcast Host
Transylvania University

Tracy Clayton is the co-host of BuzzFeed’s breakout podcast hit, “Another Round.” The show also features, Heben Nigatu (pronounced Heaven). The two didn’t know each other before they began working together at BuzzFeed, bantering or interviewing guests while sipping alcohol. (Since the show is taped and not live, editing is available if the ladies get too loose.)

The women set out to create a show in which they didn’t have to filter their opinions for a white audience. Guess what. White people love the podcast, which covers race, gender, pop culture, and anything else the hosts fancy. Black people, of course, love it too.

Clayton, who was recently named the Ida B. Wells Media Expert-in-Residence for the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University, says she’s living her dream. “Throughout my entire childhood, the only thing that I ever really liked and thought that I was good at was writing, so I kind of feel like the field chose me (though I don’t identify as a journalist; just a writer).”

Clayton might not view herself as a journalist, but she and Nigatu got to interview Democratic Presidential Nominee, Hillary Clinton, a bucket list assignment for most reporters.

The Path

Clayton came to BuzzFeed in 2014 after writing for several urban digital websites, including Madame Noire, Uptown Magazine, The Urban Daily, Post-Bougie, and The Root. She also created a popular Tumblr, Little Known Black History Facts, that is sometimes featured on the podcast. “Things were pretty different back when I was cutting my teeth. Working for “exposure” was a perfectly normal and acceptable thing back then. I’m glad that folks are facing heat for it now, though,” says Clayton.

Noteworthy

Another Round,” was named one of the best podcasts of the year by iTunes, Slate, Vulture, and The Atlantic.

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