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Two women in academia, raising questions and breaking down perceptions, from a Black point of view. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/black-gaze/support

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Two women in academia, raising questions and breaking down perceptions, from a Black point of view. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/black-gaze/support

    Everything that You Love about the World, is because of Black Girls!

    Everything that You Love about the World, is because of Black Girls!

    Dr. Porcher and Dr. Bertrand co-host with Dr. Cierra Kaler-Jones, Dr. Aja D. Reynolds, and Dr. Autumn A. Griffin, to discuss the beauty, complexity, and brilliance of Black Girls. 

    Dr. Cierra Kaler-Jones, Ph.D. (she/her) is a social justice educator, researcher, dancer, and choreographer based in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kaler-Jones’s research broadly focuses on how to create and sustain educational spaces rooted in joy and love, while refuting control and management tactics in schools that deny young people opportunities for creativity and critical consciousness-building. Her heart’s work includes running a program that uses art and political education to fuel social change through the co-creation of healing-centered spaces for and with Black girls and TGNC (transgender, non-conforming) young people. She currently serves as the Director of Storytelling for Communities for Just Schools Fund. She is also the Founder and Director of Unlock Your Story, an organization that supports women and organizations in leveraging storytelling and movement for liberation, community-building, and social change.

    Dr. Aja D. Reynolds, is a healer, activist, artist and educator. She is the legacy of Linda and the late Ralph Reynolds, a testament of her family's survival and resistance in the US. In the many roles she is positioned in, she is led by a Black feminist spirit of care, collectivism and courage to confront systems of oppression. Her gifts possess the power to bring people together, and bring light into dark places through laughter. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University. Her classroom is an invitation to grapple with critical theories, deep reflection within ourselves and brave dialogue. Aja's research interests are inspired by her on-going relationships with Black girls to engage theories and practices in geography, youth development, and social movements. Her collaborative engagement with Black girls focuses on creative 'fugitive' or freedom spaces through the use of art, activism and healing through her dissertation titled "Ain't Nobody Checking for Us: Race, Fugitivity and the Urban Geographies of Black Girlhood" is her most current work that documents this labor of love. 

     Dr. Autumn A. Griffin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Reading, Writing, and Literacy department at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.  Her research interests center the multiple and digital literacies of Black students, with a particular focus on Black girls. In particular, Autumn employs Black Feminist and critical race theories to explore the literacies of Black girls both in and out of classrooms and hopes to use her research to influence policy related to literacy, race, and gender. Autumn hopes to amplify the voices of Black girls through her scholarship. Autumn is also a 200hr RYT and loves combining yoga with Black Feminist practices of healing to create sacred spaces for Black women and girls.


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    For Our Black Mamas: Black Maternal Health

    For Our Black Mamas: Black Maternal Health

    ***Warning if you are experiencing/experienced Maternal Health Challenges, please take care of yourself (mentally, physically and/or spiritually). Decide if you are in the best space to hear the testimonies/experiences of others.***

    In support and awareness of Black Maternal Health Week, Dr. Bertrand interview Dr. Porcher and co-host Dr. Windom about Black Maternal Health. More specifically, Dr. Porcher's shares her story of giving birth to her son. Furthermore, Dr. Windom serves as an expert on the experiences of Black Mothers in the health care system. Dr. Windom was born and raised in New Haven CT. Her mother was a pharmacist and her father was a pediatrician. Dr. Watson always knew that she wanted to be a doctor. She always wanted to take care of children and families. Dr. Windom went to Spelman College for undergrad which was the best decision of her young adult life. She went to Tufts university for medical school, also where her father went, and received her MD and Masters in Public health. Dr. Windom then completed pediatric residency and pediatric cardiology fellowship at Duke University and she is now an outpatient pediatric cardiologist with an interest in fetal imaging and improving healthcare systems. She leads diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts within her heart center focusing on the effects of implicit bias on healthcare delivery striving to improve patient safety. If you would like more information about Black Maternal Health, Dr. Windom recommends visiting Black Mamas Matter Alliance: https://blackmamasmatter.org/ for resources and support. 






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    • 58 min
    Learning & Teaching in a Panorama: Amplifying Black Youth & Educator Voices

    Learning & Teaching in a Panorama: Amplifying Black Youth & Educator Voices

    Dr. Bertrand & Dr. Porcher, co-host with Ariana Bertrand, Reniya Johnson, Ms. Stacey Joy & Mrs. Marian Dingle about their experiences teaching and learning during both pandemics of racism and Covid-19; specifically going back into the school building after remote learning. 

    Ariana Bertrand is a 15 year old proud black girl. She enjoys listing to music and reading a good book. She inspires to be a lawyer and live out her dream of traveling the world. Right now she into fashion and Steve lacy.

    Reniya Johnson is 17 years old. She is currently a senior at DePaul Cristo Rey High School and has been accepted into over 30 schools and has gotten over $200,000 in scholarships. She loves to dance and have fun. She is ready for college! Her one hope that you get from this podcast is that her one voice can only do so much. If we continue to stick together that’s when real changes will occur.

    Stacey Joy is a National Board Certified Teacher, Google Certified Educator, and a former L.A. County Teacher of the Year. Stacey has been an elementary school educator for 37 years in Los Angeles Unified. Currently, she teaches 5th grade at Baldwin Hills Pilot and Gifted Magnet School. In addition to teaching her Joyteam scholars, she also mentors novice teachers, and is a teacher leader within her school community.

    Marian Dingle was a classroom elementary educator for twenty-two years. Her early career involved local advocacy for marginalized students and families, while her later work involved national activism through publications, presentations and leadership in educational organizations. Realizing that she could no longer accept current schooling structures, she left classroom teaching nearly a year ago to work with an organization devoted to better social and emotional outcomes for Black and Latinx learners. She speaks from the heart and strives to lead with authenticity, determined to leave the world better than she found it.


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    • 54 min
    "Black Lives Don’t Matter" if We Don’t All Matter: Loving & Supporting Black LGBTQ+ Folx

    "Black Lives Don’t Matter" if We Don’t All Matter: Loving & Supporting Black LGBTQ+ Folx

    Dr. Porcher and Dr. Bertrand, co-host with Dr. Shamari Reid and shea wesley martin to have a critical conversation about the importance of elevating the lives of Black LGBTQ+ folx and centering queer voices in the Black experience. 

    Dr. Shamari Reid is an Assistant Professor of Critical Studies in Education at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Reid’s work explores questions of how Black trans and queer youth and their communities sustain themselves amidst oppression, as well as how we can collaborate with these communities to better transform schools into sites of equitable opportunities for youth. His dissertation, which explores the agency of Black LGBTQ+ youth in NYC’s ballroom culture was recently awarded the 2022 Dissertation of the Year Award by the Queer Studies SIG of AERA. In addition to working with LGBTQ+ communities of color to reimagine schools, Dr. Reid’s work engages the possibilities for reducing inequality in the lives of young people that result from centering radical love in social justice teaching and learning. You can engage more with Dr. Reid and his work on shamarireid.com

    shea wesley martin is a lit teacher, scholar, and community curator raised at the intersection of gospel and go-go. Their scholarship and praxis explore the liberatory possibilities within queerness, transness, Blackness, and education in the past, present, and beyond. In their work, shea partners with teachers, community leaders, and (most importantly) young people to reimagine what reading and teaching literacy look, feel, and sound like. A seasoned educator and audacious dreamer, shea is a co-founder of Love and LiteraTea and spearheads The Unicorn Express, two community initiatives focused on providing books, support, and affirming literacy experiences to LGBTQ+ youth.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Bans Will Make Em' Dance: CRT, Masks, Banning Books & Removing History in Schools

    Bans Will Make Em' Dance: CRT, Masks, Banning Books & Removing History in Schools

    Dr. Bertrand and Dr. Porcher, co-host with Dr. Tiffany Mitchell Patterson, to discuss critical race theory in education, mask mandates, the banning of books, and removing history in schools. Born and raised in Hampton, Virginia, Dr. Tiffany Mitchell Patterson (or Dr. TMP) is a critical educator passionate about social justice and social studies. She has over a decade of experience teaching in elementary, middle and university settings. She holds a B.S. in Political Science and Communications from Old Dominion University, MAT in Elementary Education from American University, and a PhD in Multilingual/Multicultural Education & Education Policy from George Mason University. Advocacy, activism, intersectionality, and anti-racist/anti-oppressive education lie at the core of her teaching practice, research, and community work. Education is her revolution.


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    • 45 min
    Sis, Bro...You Good?

    Sis, Bro...You Good?

    Dr. Porcher and Dr. Bertrand, have a vulnerable and critical conversation about where they have been, and what has been going on in their personal lives, that kept them from recording the Black Gaze podcast. Grab your tissues, this one will have you in your feelings. They discuss the challenges of mental health during a panorama, and how we can show up for one another. Black Gaze podcast is back, bigger and better! 


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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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89 Ratings

89 Ratings

JL Prof ,

One of the best!

Every single episode starting with Season 1 Episode 1 has been amazing. The two scholars have deep insight into systems of oppression in education. A must listen for anyone in the field. Thank you both and also all of your guests!

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Phenomenal!

This is an awesome podcast. The conversations are thoughtful and timely. The hosts are sharp and entertaining. Thank you to these two amazing black women for creating a show that presents a much needed voice in today’s podcast world. LOVE IT!

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