Your new Netflix must-watch is right here with the docuseries Deaf U, set to premiere on the streaming platform Oct. 9.
Produced by actor, activist, and America’s Subsequent Prime Mannequin’s first and solely winner to be Deaf, Nyle DiMarco, the collection follows a bunch of scholars at Gallaudet College and offers audiences an unflinching look into the lives of among the Deaf and onerous of listening to college students who go attend the college.
The present breaks down stereotypes that many listening to individuals have of the Deaf neighborhood and tries to point out the multitude of experiences that include being Deaf. One of many college students profiled on the present, Alexa Pauley-Simmons, has generated a variety of buzz from her look within the trailer. So earlier than you start your deep dive into the collection, right here’s what it is advisable learn about Alexa.
Who’s Alexa Pauley-Simmons from ‘Deaf U’?
As producer Nyle DiMarco has emphasised, Deaf U makes an attempt to showcase college students from a various set of backgrounds. Not solely do the scholars on the present come from completely different social and financial backgrounds, additionally they have completely different upbringings on the subject of their Deafness.
Not like Daequan Taylor who’s partially deaf and had listening to talents till the age of 6, Alexa is likely one of the college students on Deaf U who grew up totally immersed within the Deaf neighborhood. Introduced up in Frederick, Md., Alexa attended Maryland College for the Deaf and spent her total college life in an atmosphere surrounded by individuals who have been Deaf.
After graduating highschool, Alexa needed to discover her identification outdoors of the Deaf neighborhood and determined to go to school in Hawaii. For the primary time in her life, Alexa spent an prolonged period of time faraway from the acquainted atmosphere the place she grew up as she spent the subsequent two and a half years on the College of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu.
Whereas she liked Hawaii, Alexa quickly realized that her Deaf identification is one thing that was intricately tied to who she was.
She determined to switch to Gallaudet College halfway by means of faculty and by no means appeared again. With an curiosity in artistic writing and vogue, Alexa now works for FEEL Journal, a publication that focuses on highlighting the work of Deaf creators. Alexa began interning for the journal again when she was nonetheless a scholar at Gallaudet College, however since graduating in Could 2020, she’s moved as much as the position of Inventive Director.
Alexa seems to be on the heart of a variety of drama that goes down on Deaf U. She’s a part of an elite group of scholars on campus which might be fourth- or fifth-generation Deaf, and grew up talking American Signal Language.
Whereas Alexa hung out exploring herself outdoors of the Deaf neighborhood whereas in Hawaii, she struggles along with her judgmental habits in direction of different college students who do not seem to subscribe to her methods of being Deaf.
Audiences see Alexa’s overcritical facet come out when her group of pals ostracize new scholar and YouTube influencer Cheyenna, as a result of Cheyenna mouths phrases when she indicators and doesn’t make movies particularly for the Deaf neighborhood.
From the trailer, it additionally seems that sooner or later within the present Alexa and Daequan hook up, and the possibilities of issues getting messy are fairly excessive.
Get to know extra about Alexa and the opposite college students at Gallaudet College when Deaf U premieres on Netflix on Oct. 9.