Tracy Clayton

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Tracy Clayton
Nationality American
Alma mater Transylvania University
Occupation Writer, podcaster
Employer Buzzfeed
Known for Another Round podcast
Home town Louisville, KY

Tracy Clayton is a Buzzfeed writer "who gained national visibility as one of the hosts of Buzzfeed's hit podcast Another Round,"[1] and hailed as "Best of 2015" by iTunes,[2] Slate,[3] Vulture,[4] and The Atlantic.[5]

Early life[edit]

Clayton is from Louisville, Kentucky[6] and attended Transylvania University in Lexington.[7]


Before joining Buzzfeed full-time in 2014, Clayton wrote for Madame Noire, Uptown Magazine, The Urban Daily, PostBourgie[8] and The Root. She developed the popular Tumblr, "Little Known Black History Facts", now a feature on Another Round.[9]

An Okayplayer profile said, "Known all over the digital world as one of the sharpest voices in the podcast game as well as Black Twitter, Tracy Clayton is consistently one of the smartest people in whatever room she occupies."[10] FastCompany named Clayton to its "Most Creative People 2016" list "for mixing comedy with commentary."[11] Elle praised Clayton and co-host Heben Nigatu's ability to "serve up a blend of humor, politics, and frank observation that not even the most deft hosts can seem to replicate. Clayton...made headlines in the fall when she pressed [then-Presidential candidate Hillary] Clinton to address the crime bill her husband passed as president: '[D]o you ever look at the state of black America and think, Wow, we really fucked this up for black people?' "[12]

The A.V. Club describes Clayton and Nigatu as "passionate and sharp in their distinct points of view"[13] and The Guardian praises their work as "witty, irreverent, intelligent."[14] Also writing for The Guardian, critic Sasha Frere-Jones called Clayton and Nigatu "leading American cultural critics."[15]


In 2016, The Root named Clayton to The Root 100, the magazine's "list of 100 African Americans, ages 25-45, who are responsible for the year's most significant cultural moments, social movements and big ideas." The citation described Clayton as "a superstar at BuzzFeed, the millennial-driven media powerhouse where she writes big, funny things" and co-hosts Another Round, "an unapologetically black space that shuts down 'What will white people think?' respectability."[16]

Clayton was named the 2016–2017 Ida B. Wells Media Expert-in-Residence at Wake Forest University's Anna Julia Cooper Center.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Clayton lives in Brooklyn.[18]


  1. ^ Anderson, Tara (June 28, 2016). "Interview: Buzzfeed's Tracy Clayton On Ali, Race And Louisville". WFPL. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Apple's iTunes Best of 2015 list for podcasts includes a ton of LA-based favorites". Time Out Los Angeles. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  3. ^ Onion, Rebecca (2015-12-14). "The 10 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015". Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  4. ^ "The 10 Best Podcasts and 10 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015". Vulture. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  5. ^ McQuade, Laura Jane Standley, Devon Taylor, and Eric. "The 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  6. ^ Sonka, Joe (December 24, 2013). "2013 People Issue: Tracy Clayton". LEO Weekly. Retrieved May 28, 2017. 
  7. ^ Burris, Sarah K. (April 28, 2017). "Buzzfeed writer horrified to learn that Kentucky machete attacker was her online troll". Raw Story. Retrieved May 28, 2017. 
  8. ^ Staff. "Tracy Clayton". Mavenly + Co. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  9. ^ "Louisville's Tracy Clayton (aka Brokey McPoverty) heads off to BuzzFeed in NYC - Insider Louisville". Insider Louisville. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  10. ^ Clark, Kevito (April 24, 2016). "Faces of Black Twitter: Meet Tracy Clayton". Okayplayer. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Most Creative People 2016 - 53 - Tracy Clayton". FastCompany. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  12. ^ Kahn, Mattie (May 20, 2016). "How the Internet Fell in Love with A Drunken, Animal-Filled, Radically Original Podcast". Elle. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Another Round and Internet Explorer confirm the power of BuzzFeed's podcasts". Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  14. ^ Locker, Melissa (2015-12-13). "Listen To This: Another Round podcast changes the world one drink at a time". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  15. ^ Frere-Jones, Sasha (2016-06-25). "'We love you Beyoncé': what Queen Bey means to her fans now". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  16. ^ "The Root 100 Most Influential African Americans 2016". The Root. September 27, 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  17. ^ Young, Yolanda (5 September 2016). "Another Round with Tracy Clayton, the writer, not the journalist - Rolling Out". Rolling Out. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  18. ^ Gorce, Tammy La (31 March 2017). "How Podcasters Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton Spend Their Sunday". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 April 2017. 

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