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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 an ally, how to strengthen family relationships, and how to address discrimination at school, at work, and in everyday life. The power in Unhidden Voices will no longer be silenced.
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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 8, 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 3, 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