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UnHidden Voices

UnHidden Voices

By Aaminah Norris
UnHidden Voices is your opportunity to listen to people who we don't get to hear from every day. Our guests are folks you want to hear from because they have found the strength within and support of family to overcome life's obstacles. This podcast is an amplification of the voices of Black and other marginalized people who are often obscured from mainstream media. Listeners will learn how to be a co-conspirator, how to strengthen family relationships, and how to address discrimination at school, at work, and in everyday life. The power lives in each and every story
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In Conversation with Abiola Agoro, Entrepreneur, Mental Health, and Racial Justice Activist
In this conversation, Abiola discusses the importance of discomfort in racial justice work, the connection between politics and design, and what she calls white comfort. I promise you will learn a lot. Subscribe to our podcast. Listen, Learn, and Amplify with Us!
July 19, 2021
In Conversation with José Ramón Lizárraga, Artist, Scholar, Activist and Parent of Webby Award-winning @RuPawl_Official
Join the conversation as Dr. José Ramón Lizárraga explains what pride means for him and celebrates their Webby win.
June 20, 2021
Episode 33 In Conversation with Dominique Williams
This is the final episode of Season 1. We celebrate our one-year anniversary in conversation with Ethnic Studies teacher Dominique Williams. She discusses what she learned and how she has grown in the past year as we mark the anniversary of George Floyd's assassination. Like this episode. Subscribe to the podcast. Listen, Learn, and Amplify with us.
June 13, 2021
Episode 32 Resistance in Solidarity with Dr. Natalee Kehaulani Bauer
Join our conversation with activist and scholar Natalee Kehaulani Bauer as she describes resistance work in solidarity. Subscribe to our podcast. Like this episode. Listen, learn, and amplify with us.
May 31, 2021
Episode 31: Look to the Teachers featuring Black Woman STEM EducatorAmber Clark
Please hit the subscribe button and click the bell for notifications. Listen, Learn, and amplify with us. Use this link to see the work that Amber and other fellows created during the Centering Black Women Teachers Fellowship.
May 16, 2021
Episode 30 In Conversation with Dr. Aaminah Norris' cousin Husain Goode
In this episode, Husain talks about the importance of strength, determination, and family. Listen, learn, and amplify with us. 
April 20, 2021
Episode 29 Happy Birthday Mom, Brenda Harker!
This episode is a celebration of my mother, Brenda Harker, a veteran professor and the person who is responsible for teaching me to value family and education. During my interview with her, she reveals her experience of growing up in segregated Atlantic City. We travel back in time to the 1950s and by the end of our conversation.  Please listen, learn, and amplify with us. Share your thoughts on this episode in the comment section. Or watch on YouTube Subscribe to our podcast.
April 05, 2021
Episode 28 Episode 28 Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales Standing Against AAPI Hate
This episode is an encore presentation of Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales speaking against AAPI hate. From the 27th Annual Multicultural Education Conference. or listen to (Un)Hidden Voices on Apple, Anchor, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Closed Caption text is here.
March 29, 2021
Fearing the Covid Vaccine with Nurse Faye
Dr. Norris met Nurse Faye when she got her first dose of the COVID Vaccine 💉 Don’t miss our conversation about the fear of it in the Black community. She gives vital info about what to do before, during, and after you’re vaccinated. Subscribe to this podcast. Listen, Learn, and Amplify this episode. 
March 08, 2021
(Un)Hidden Voices on School Reopening
Dr. Norris spoke about the impact of #schoolreopening on Black and Brown students on KPFA Radio on UpFront. Headline: Teachers are not the enemy, COVID is. We need vaccines. Listen to the interview. Follow us UnHidden Voices @Unhiddenvoices on IG and @aaminahm and visit to learn more. Also, leave us a voicemail message.
February 15, 2021
Episode 26: Look to the Artist with Nalya Rodriguez and Ominira Mars
YouTube Watch Party 🎉 or listen to (Un)Hidden Voices Podcast on Anchor, Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow us @UnHiddenVoices on IG and FB and @aaminahm on Twitter. Find the transcript here. 
February 15, 2021
Look to the Artist Series: Featuring Special Guest, JaNay Brown-Wood, Ph.D, Educator and Children's Book Author
Greetings (Un)Hidden Voices Family, Join the conversation with our second guest in the “Look To The Artist” series, educator and children’s book author JaNay Brown-Wood, Ph.D. Like and Subscribe to our podcast here and on YouTube to learn more about JaNay and her work with creating books that represent children who look like her. Follow us @(Un)Hidden Voices on FB and IG. Transcript of the episode can be found here
February 08, 2021
Episode 24 Look to the Artists: featuring Raina Leon, Educator, Writer, and Coach
Happy Black History Month (Un)Hidden Voices Family! We are officially launching our “Look to the Artists” series. Our first guest is educator, writer, and coach Raina León! Join our YouTube watch party to hear some of Raina’s poetry and learn more about the series. or listen on Anchor, Spotify, Apple, or wherever you get your podcasts.
February 01, 2021
Centering Black Women Teachers Fellowship
This episode is dedicated to the Centering Black Women Teachers in Teaching Learning and Research Fellowship.  Listen to learn all about the 25 fellows, the fellowship opportunity, and their upcoming presentation at the Multicultural Education Conference (MCE), a free virtual conference on March 20, 2021, from 9-4 with keynote Speaker Dr. Bettina Love.  Like and subscribe to this podcast. Share it with a friend. And follow us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to learn more. Listen, Learn, and Amplify with Us! The full transcript can be found here. Use this link to Register for the MCE Conference 2021.
January 17, 2021
In Conversation with Tanishia Littlejohn, mom of a 5th grader
This episode is a real joy. I speak to my niece, Tanishia "Pooh" Littlejohn about the impact of COVID 19 on her family. She talks about what it is like to homeschool her son during the pandemic. Listen, Learn, and Amplify with us! 
December 15, 2020
Stay Safe (Un)Hidden Voices Family
Greetings (Un)Hidden Voices Family, Sending out words of love and support to all of you during this difficult time. Stay safe and healthy. We will have a new episode next week. In the meantime, please watch episode 11, my interview with Sis. Amelah El Amin 
December 07, 2020
Episode 21: Georgia on My Mind featuring Drs. Usree Bhattacharya Haddad and Jonathan Haddad
Greetings (Un)Hidden Voices Family,  My special guests Drs. Usree Bhattacharya Haddad and Jonathan Haddad experienced Georgia's discriminatory voter suppression laws. They are two of the millions of voters who helped flip Georgia blue and overcame voter suppression to cast their votes in the 2020 election. They are loving parents to a beautiful four-year-old daughter with a rare genetic disorder called Rett Syndrome. To learn more about Rett Syndrome or donate for a cure visit Rett Syndrome Research Trust I guarantee you will be inspired by their story. Listen, learn, and amplify with us! The transcript can be found here.
November 16, 2020
Episode 20: In Conversation with my cousin, Vicki Cosby Jefferson
This episode is dedicated to our paternal grandparents Johnny and Ida Mae White, their eldest son Jimmy (Vicki's father) and Aunt Gene (Vicki's mother), and their youngest son, Musa (my Dad) and Brenda (my mom). Because of them, we are. Vicki and I discuss difficult topics including suicide and mental illness. I am grateful to her for sharing her stories and experiences with us. If you or someone you love is suicidal, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 800-273-8255. If you are in need of resources for Mental Illness, contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Call the NAMI Helpline at 800-950-6264. I promise you will learn from this conversation. Please watch and share it. Subscribe to our podcast. Continue to listen, learn, and amplify with us.
November 09, 2020
Episode 19: In Conversation with Marvin Reed, 3rd Grade Teacher
Greetings (Un)Hidden Voices Family, You do not want to miss this interview with Marvin Reed, the only Black male elementary school teacher in his district. He talks about helping students learn online, building community with them, and the importance of racial justice in teaching and learning. Please listen and share your thoughts on this episode in the comment section. I will share them with Marvin. You can even send a kind message for Marvin to share with his students! Listen, learn, and amplify with us.  If you like this episode please subscribe to our podcast. Continue to listen, learn, and amplify with us! The transcript link is here.
November 02, 2020
Episode 18 In Conversation with Dr. Dale Allender, Teacher Educator, Sacramento State University
This episode is a continuation of a dialogue that Dale and I began during last spring when the Coronavirus first caused a shut down at Sacramento State. We discuss the impact of racism and antiblackness on us and our families and ways that we can work as co-conspirators to keep each other alive. It is a powerful and healing conversation. If you like it, please subscribe to our podcast and share it with a friend. Listen, Learn, and Amplify with us! Transcript is here
October 26, 2020
Episode 17 "A woman can do it all. And a Black woman can do even more" Featuring my youngest daughter, Aasiya
My youngest daughter Aasiya and I interview each other. Our conversation is an intimate mother-daughter discussion of our identities as Black women. It is funny. It is healing. It is joy. You'll get to hear from Aasiya what it is like to be a college student during the COVID 19 and antiblackness pandemics, and during the current election cycle. Also, I want to give a special shout out to Tasneem, who turns 21 on October 15. Loving you always. Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday infinity!!! If you like this episode please subscribe to our podcast. Listen, Learn, and Amplify with us. The full transcript can be found here.
October 12, 2020
Episode 16 "Follow my dreams and don't give up"
This episode is exciting because it is an opportunity to listen to my cousin Dina and her youngest daughter Kiara speak about racism in the South.  Dina has two daughters, London and Kiara. Dina and Kiara sat down with me to discuss the experiences they have living, working, and going to school in North Carolina. They candidly about their experiences with racism. Kiara talks about being in school and learning about Black history from teachers who do not share her culture and negative interaction with the police. In the end, they both speak to the inspiration they receive from our family to follow their dreams and not give up. If you enjoy the episode, please subscribe and tell a friend about our podcast. Listen, Learn, and Amplify with us!
October 05, 2020
Episode 15: Master Class with Special Guest Amir Sundiata Al Rashid
This episode is the opportunity to hear from my brother, Sundiata Al Rashid. He is Amir of the Lighthouse Mosque located in Oakland, California, a manager of a housing facility for the homeless, and a doctoral student at the Graduate Theological Union. He studies the history of Black American  Muslims as descendants from West and North Africa.  In our discussion, Sundiata defines the terms Black and Mulatto. He also introduces the history of the Melungeon people to us as he shares what it means to be a Black American Muslim today. You will get an opportunity to learn more about our personal history from Sundiata who has the best memory of anybody you will ever meet. He shares details of life events and people that we grew up with including our white stepbrother Adam. The full transcript to the episode can be found here.
September 28, 2020
Episode #14 "One thing I stress to my generation of our family is y'all we got to step it up"
This episode is a real treat because I sit down with my cousin, Randal "Randy Croudy, stage manager, essential worker, and beautiful example of a young Black man in America. During my interview with Randy, he describes what it means to grow up as a Black boy in different parts of the United States, to work in the entertainment industry, and to be a part of a family that centers education and family love. Randy is Wanda's son, Aunt Dolores's grandson, and one of the oldest in our children's generation. It is easy to recognize his strength, his easygoing nature, and his love for family. Listen, learn, and amplify with us! The full transcript of the episode can be found here. 
September 21, 2020
Episode 13 "It's not a revolution, it's an evolution"
This episode has a special guest introduction by my mother Brenda Harker. It features my cousin, Designer, and Professor, Wanda Croudy as she discusses the role of art and the artists in documenting the movement for Black lives. Wanda is also the host of @Itbeginswithpassion an Instagram which gives space and opportunity for the deeply felt passions of artists and designers each week. Wanda speaks of trailblazers who understand the importance of art for addressing racism and antiblackness and expressing the emotions of our time. The full transcript can be found here. Listen, learn, and amplify with us.
September 14, 2020
Episode 12 "A Black Man Leads by Example" the Reboot
This episode is a reboot of one of our most beloved episodes. It is an interview with my cousin Matin Abdel-Qawi, Principal, father, friend, and mentor. You will learn a lot from him about what it means to be a Black man in America and a part of a family. Listen, learn, and amplify with us. The transcript for this episode can be found here.
September 08, 2020
Episode 11 Part 1 and 2 "There are Many Shades of Black and Black Does Crack"
Trigger warning. This is a two-part episode that is an open-hearted conversation with my dear Sister Amelah El Amin, Co-Founder of Mu'eed Inc. Sister Amelah is a humanitarian and eating rights activist. We talk about her motivation to feed the hungry, the generational trauma that has impacted our families, and our community. We discuss the uniqueness of our experiences as Black Americans, and that we have cracks in our Blackness including our experiences with sexual abuse. We talked about concrete ways to collectively heal including addressing the trauma that we have experienced in our histories. The transcript to the episode is here.
August 31, 2020
Episode 10 Parts 1 and 2 COVID 19 and Antiblackness Have Out Raged Us
In this special two-part episode, my friends and colleagues from Sacramento State University's Teaching Credential program,  Drs. Margarita Berta Avila, Jose Cintron, Mimi Coughlin, Dale Allender, and I draw on ancestors like James Baldwin to show us the importance of rage as an emotion for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). We discuss the impact of the double pandemics of COVID 19 and Antblackness on our families, lives, and work. We reclaim our rage because decidedly, we are outraged by the pandemics and the disastrous response in the United States. Wondering what your role is when it comes to addressing the double pandemics? Listen to us push each other to deepen our understanding of and define for ourselves and each other what it means to be allies, accomplices, and co-conspirators. The transcript can be found here
August 24, 2020
Episode 9 Parts 1 and 2 Reimagining School with Special Guests Drs. Raina Leon and Mary Raygoza
Greetings (Un)hidden Voices, family welcome to episodes 9 parts 1 and 2. These next two episodes were filmed in one long 2-hour conversation that I had with my friends and co-authors of Humanizing Online Teaching, Raina Leon and Mary Raygoza. These women are faculty at Saint Mary's College of California in the Single Subject Teacher Education Program. They have been doing the work of humanizing education. I really have a lot of admiration for both of them. So, we sit down and we talk about how we reimagine school. It’s this idea that we can’t go into our schools with the same concepts that we had before because too much has happened. We’ve lost too many people. We’ve lost nearly 200,000 people. Can you imagine that? Nearly 200,000 people have died since school ended last semester. We also have a pandemic of antiblackness that caused the death and harm to Black folks and a movement for Black lives. I figured out how to breathe over the course of this summer. And part of my breathing is my recognition that as long as I have a breath in my body I can make a contribution to the movement for Black lives. And that’s what this episode is. That’s what this podcast does. We really appreciate you for listening, for learning, and for amplifying. Join our movement. Check us out Let’s keep learning and growing and breathing together.
August 17, 2020
Episode 8 A Black Man Learns from the Mistakes of Others
This episode features my cousin Sharn Collins who is the youngest cousin in my Mom's generation. Even though he is from Mom's generation, we claim him in mine. Sharn and I differ in our understanding of police brutality and violence. He urges Black people to not defy the police because they see themselves as authority figures. He also points out that a lot of what he has learned in life is based upon people providing examples of how not to behave. Unlike Sharn, I think that police violence is a result of institutional racism. Sharn and my disagreement is a perfect example of how to disagree without being disagreeable because we do it with love and laughter. We model for you and hopefully, provide a concrete example of how to listen and better understand different perspectives. Listen to this conversation in its entirety. I promise you will learn a lot and amplify it with us!
August 10, 2020
Episode 7 "A Black Woman Respects Herself!" with Special Guest Aneesah Abdel-Qawi
This episode features Aneesah Abdel-Qawi, a future chef, and strong young Black woman. She describes her experiences with colorism and discrimination from Black people and other people of color. She also discusses the importance of being a voice in the movement for Black lives and how each of us has a role to play in fighting racism and discrimination. If you enjoy the episode please leave a comment, we definitely read the comments.  And subscribe to Unhidden Voices. Also, visit our website to learn more about our work building empathy and disrupting the invisibility of Black girls, students, and families. Episode 7 Transcript Link:
August 03, 2020
A Black Man Leads by Example with Special Guest Matin Abdel Qawi
 I got a chance to speak to and learn from my mentor, big brother cousin, Oakland High School Principal Matin Abdel Qawi. He is a well-respected educator and one of the founding members of the African American male achievement program in Oakland, California. We talked about everything from raising children, valuing family, addressing racism, experiencing police brutality, and what it takes to educate African American students. Matin is a Black man, a leader, a father, and a friend. Listen to this episode I promise you're going to learn a lot. The transcript is here.
July 27, 2020
Episode 5 Black Women Educators and Best Friends Make the World a Better Place
Dr. Malika Hollinside and Dr. Carmen Johnston have been best friends since junior high school in the 1980s. We sat down over zoom and enjoyed an inspiring conversation about how we survive the protracted struggle as Black women,  the work of supporting our families, what humanizing education means for our students, and what we need from our allies. Join the conversation. Listen, Learn, and Amplify Episode 5!   Links to Resources Mentioned in Episode Below  Tony Porter,  Aristotle and Dante, Bell Hooks,  Sisters of Nia, My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by, What White People Don't Understand About Black Hair. The episode Transcript can be found here. 
July 20, 2020
Episode 4 Becoming AntiRacist
This episode is an opportunity for listeners to hear my voice unfiltered. My friend Babalwa Kwanele, MS LMFT, interviews me and asks my thoughts on the murder of George Floyd, the impact of racism and discrimination on Black students, and how people who have learned to be racist can become antiracist. I have launched UnHidden Voices LLC and am creating a curriculum, training, and materials to support the movement to make Black Lives Matter. Please join the conversation and work toward Becoming Antiracist. You can preorder the curriculum or training by visiting and leaving me a message or comment there and/or on this podcast.  Please also read Becoming an Antiracist: Six Steps You Can Take Toward Making Black Lives Matter.  The Transcript for this episode can be found here.  Also, check me out on Social Media  @aaminahm on Twitter @aaminahnorris on Instagram @aaminahnorris on LinkedIn @aaminahnorris on YouTube
July 13, 2020
(Un)Hidden Voices Trailer
Welcome to (Un)Hidden voices an opportunity for you to take the time to listen, to learn, and to experience the stories.  We need to listen to people's experiences so that we can learn from them. The power lies in each and every story. 
June 30, 2020
Episode 3 It's Time to Take a Stand for What's Right featuring 15-year-old D Littlejohn from New Jersey
D is my 15-year-old nephew from New Jersey. D amazes me. Listen to my conversation with him. He will amaze you too. He describes discrimination he has faced at school including a police officer using excessive force on a close friend of his when they were in the 7th grade. After I spoke with him, I was convinced that UnHidden Voices is an important platform. If nothing else, Listener you will learn from D that the police should not be in our public schools.  Listen, learn, amplify, and comment on this episode. The link to the transcript can be found here.
June 29, 2020
Episode 2 Make America Work for Us featuring my mother Brenda Harker
This episode is a real treat because I sit down with my mother, Brenda Harker a veteran professor and the person responsible for teaching me to value family and education. During my interview with her, she reveals her experience of growing up in segregated Atlantic City, New Jersey. We travel back in time to the 1950s and by the end of our conversation, I finally understand what it means to Make America Work for Us.  Please listen and share your thoughts on this episode in the comment section. Here is a transcript 
June 22, 2020
UnHidden Voices Trailer
Welcome to UnHidden Voices I am your Host Dr. Aaminah Norris. This is more than just a podcast, It’s a movement to Amplify Black Voices.  Every Monday we will hear from Black folks what it means to be Black in America. We will listen to and learn from Black people starting with members of my family how to resist, persist, overcome, and survive. UnHidden Voices Fight the Silence!
June 17, 2020
Episode One: The Time is Now Special Guest Babalwa Kwanele
On June 12, 2020, Rayshard Brooks was shot in the back in front of Wendy’s in Atlanta, GA the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martlin Luther King jr was born there and Rayshard Brooks was murdered there by Atlanta police. Setting buildings on fire is a “fight” response to the complex trauma experienced because of state-sanctioned murder. To help us recognize the manifestations of complex trauma that we are seeing in Black communities, I turn to my friend, my sister, Babalwa Kwanele, MS, LMFT. Recently, I sat down with Kwanele. She explains how complex trauma impacts the mind and the body. She also provides us with concrete advice for ways to address the trauma that is terrorizing us every day.
June 14, 2020