NEWS, ARTCLES & EVENTS

“White Nights, Black Paradise, the Play” receives California Humanities Grant Award

Sikivu Hutchinson and Black Skeptics Los Angeles have received a California Humanities grant award for the project “White Nights, Black Paradise” The Play: Exploring Black Women’s Voices in Peoples Temple and Jonestown. The Humanities For All Project Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities which supports locally-developed projects that respond to the needs,…

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A Trailer for Grinning Skull was Released

A trailer for Sikivu Hutchinson’s ‘Grinning Skull’ was released . Check it out here: Set in Los Angeles in 1946, three women of color washroom attendants wrestle with the decision to unionize, bucking racism, sexism, class discrimination and religious dogma at the Pacific Electric Railway subway terminal. Testing the limits of solidarity, they come face…

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Upcoming Book: Rock ‘N’ Roll Heretic

“Those white boys on the major labels would never give an inch to a Negro woman playing race music.” It’s the late 1970s, and ex-Pentecostal Black female electric guitarist Rory Tharpe navigates the cutthroat world of corporate rock, dive bars and dusk-to-dawn recording sessions as she travels the nation in a dilapidated tour bus with…

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Memory Thieves: Beyond the White Gaze of Jonestown

Sikivu Hutchinson recently wrote about Jonestown . Check it out here: Black lesbian poet and activist Audre Lourde once said, “If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.” Lourde was one of the most fiercely eloquent champions of the revolutionary right of black…

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Photo From Grinning Skull

The photo below is from the Grinning Skull performance at The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival. For more, check it out here: “Grinning Skull” by playwright Sikivu Hutchinson left The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival audience gasping for its thrilling elements. “Grinning Skull” is set in Los Angeles in 1946, three female washroom attendants wrestle with the decision to unionize,…

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Grinning Skull

Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson’s short play “Grinning Skull”  is featured at The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival at the L.A. Theatre Center. Check it out here: Set in Los Angeles in 1946, three female washroom attendants wrestle with the decision to unionize, bucking racism, sexism, and class discrimination at the Pacific Electric Railway subway terminal. Testing the limits…

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Screening: Black Women, Peoples Temple and Jonestown

Museum of the African Diaspora and California Historical Society present White Nights, Black Paradise | A Screening and Discussion on Black Women, Peoples Temple and Jonestown Check it out here: On November 18, 1978, more than 900 people died in a mass murder-suicide at the Peoples Temple Settlement in Jonestown, Guyana. Although the majority of…

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2018 GLOBAL ATHEIST CONVENTION

Sikivu will be speaking at the 2018 Global Atheist Convention in Melbourne, Australia Check it out here: Building on the success of The Rise of Atheism (2010) and A Celebration of Reason (2012), in 2018 the Atheist Foundation of Australia is excited to host the third Global Atheist Convention, Reason to Hope. It will be…

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Social Justice: Addressing the Narrative of Fear

Sikivu speaking at Humanist Institute’s Social Justice: Addressing the Narrative of Fear, sponsored by The Humanist Institute, the Humanist Center of MN, and First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public (child care provided) Lunch available with vegetarian and vegan options. For more details check it out here: The…

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Feminism and Humanism with Sikivu Hutchinson

Feminism and Humanism: Women of Color Beyond Faith This course discusses how black feminism emerged from the struggle against white supremacy and white racism.  In that racial slavery depended on the sexual exploitation of black women and the commodification of black women’s reproductive labor,  It established an economic and gender hierarchy of women that advantaged…

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SSA Backbone Award

Sikivu was awarded the Backbone Award by the Secular Student Alliance Check it out here: The SSA Backbone Award is given to an individual within the secular movement who is a guide and inspiration to secular students and student groups. This person has demonstrated a passion and commitment to the Mission, Vision, and Values of the Secular Student…

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2016 Secular Social Justice Conference features largest gathering of atheist of color activists

On January 29th and 30th, over one-hundred people gathered at Rice University in Houston, Texas for the first biannual Secular Social Justice conference featuring atheists, humanists and freethinkers of color. Participants came from across the nation to brainstorm, coalition-build and discuss issues of importance to communities of color in an era of intense backlash against…

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Sikivu Hutchinson’s White Nights, Black Paradise

David Anderson recently wrote about White Nights, Black Paradise. Check it out here: Sikivu Hutchinson has made a truly impressive fiction debut with her first novel, White Nights, Black Paradise. She has brought a unique perspective to bear upon the story of Jim Jones, the People’s Temple movement, and the tragedy of Jonestown, one which,…

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Are We Black, Proud and Socialist?

Annie Dawid recently wrote about White Nights, Black Paradise. Check it out here: In answer to Jim Jones’ resonating question, Sikivu Hutchinson has written a novel that defiantly shouts Yes! White Nights, Black Paradise frames Peoples Temple and Jonestown within an African-American perspective, something which no published novel has yet managed. Of the handful of…

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Sikivu Reading for the Feminist Conversations Series

The upcoming USC-Dornsife’s Feminist Conversations Series will be featuring Sikivu. Check it out here: Reading excerpts from her new novel White Nights, Black Paradise, visiting scholar Sikivu Hutchinson will discuss black women’s involvement in the Peoples Temple movement, the cultural and political context of the Jonestown era and the problem of organized religion. Click here for…

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Sikivu at the American Humanist Association’s Annual Conference

Dr. Hutchinson will be appearing at the American Humanism Association’s 74th Annual Conference’s Afternoon Plenary: Panel: Humanism & Race. Race continues to matter in the United States. The examples of this reality are pressing and graphic. While humanists lament the poor approach of the religious regarding discourse on race and accompanying racism, less prevalent has been sustained and productive…

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More Whitebread Atheism on CNN

Originally Posted on Black Skeptics on FreeThought Blogs Judging from its recent “Atheists” news show CNN believes atheists of color don’t exist and atheism is just as whitebread as Tea Party evangelicalism. Arguably the only primetime show on the subject in recent memory, the program purported to be a sweeping overview of the state of…

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Moral Combat: Kindle Edition Free on Amazon Until Wednesday

The Kindle edition of Moral Combat, the critically acclaimed, 5/5 star book is currently free on Amazon. Grab your copy here! The Reviews are in: “In this text, Hutchinson has structured a very important analysis of the many factors that have given shape to black atheist identity and politics.” “A truly brave and groundbreaking book.””Informative. Inspirational. Politically relevant.…

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Maryam Moosam-Clark: “Why Sikivu Hutchinson’s Latest Book Is Relevant To an Angry Romani Ex-Muslim”

In “Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels”, Sikivu Hutchinson takes us on a roller coaster ride through the different, interacting forms of underprivilege that affect People of Color in the United States, past and present. Throughout much of the journey, despite giving numerous examples a minority person can relate to, she maintains a measure of…

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Psychology Today Interview

A generation ago a typical humanist group might have been little more than a few older, white men meeting in the basement of a Unitarian church, arguing points of philosophy that have little relevance in the real world. That has changed, as atheist and humanist groups have sprung up in a much wider range of…

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Why Did So Many Black Women Die? Jonestown At 35

35 years ago, on November 19, 1978, 73-year-old Hyacinth Thrash awoke to a nightmare in the jungles of Guyana. In one of the largest murder-suicides in world history, 918 people from her Peoples Temple church lay dead before her eyes, poisoned by a lethal cocktail of cyanide and fruit punch. The images from this gothic…

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The War Against Black Children

In a predominantly Black South L.A. continuation school class packed with eleventh and twelfth grade girls, only half want to go to college, few can name role models of color and virtually none have been exposed to literature by women of color.  Demonized as the most expendable of the expendable, Black continuation school students are…

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Predators Beyond Belief

Oh to be middle-aged, male, skeptic and white — master of the rational universe.  The ad nauseum propagandistic bullshit that atheist/secularis/freethought circles are magically exempt from institutional racism, sexism and heterosexism continues to be blown to bits by allegations of pervasive sexual harassment, assault and workplace discrimination from women in the field. The most recent allegations by Dr. Karen…

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Sikivu Hutchinson Featured in Salon, by Soraya Chemaly

By Soraya Chemaly In a Salon piece last week called, “Where are the women of new atheism?”, Katie Englehardt described what looks like diminishing participation of women in atheist life. She also encouraged atheist women to more openly embrace their beliefs. But atheist women are very active. These women aren’t visible — and there aren’t more like…

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Ilda B. Wells, Feminist Public Menace

At an early age, black girls are branded as public menaces. They are suspended and expelled for “defiance” at greater rates than white boys who commit actual felony offenses. They pack the juvenile halls and adult prisons of the most prolific “first world” jailer on the planet. In textbook history, their connection to radical social…

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Trayvon’s Class of 2013

Yesterday, at Black Skeptics Los Angeles’ scholarship ceremony, my colleagues and I had the profound honor of giving scholarships to five brilliant youth of color who are first generation college students. They are 17 and 18 year- olds who have known more struggle and sacrifice than many adults have known in their entire lives. They…

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Call for Papers: Women of Color Beyond Faith Anthology

Call For Papers   NEW ANTHOLOGY   Women of Color Beyond Faith: Freethought, Feminism and Social Justice   Editors: Sikivu Hutchinson and Kimberly Veal   Historically, women of color have been more religious than white women. According to the Pew Research Survey, at 87% and 85% respectively, African American and Latino women represent the largest and…

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Black Skeptics Los Angeles Awards First in the Family Humanist Scholarships to South L.A. Students

Earlier this year, Black Skeptics Los Angeles (BSLA) spearheaded its First in the Family Humanist Scholarship initiative, which focuses on providing resources to undocumented, foster care, homeless and LGBTQ youth who will be the first in their families to go to college.  Responding directly to the school-to-prison pipeline crisis in communities of color, BSLA is the first…

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Godless Americana Review by Dr. Kamela Heyward-Rotimi

  Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels is a pointed and necessary resource for both public and academic discourses to better understand the experience of secular people of color forging visibility in the battle of social justice.  Secular activists of color are rendered invisible and improbable within the community politics of religious institutions and predominately…

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Excerpt From Godless Americana by Walker Bristol

Excerpt by Walker Bristol of Nonprophet Status   Abuse of privilege and power plagues the nontheistic community just as much, in some ways moreso, as it does American society. Sikivu Hutchinson has emerged as a strong, incredibly thorough academic pushing back against these oppressive structures, tracing the history of Black humanism and liberation, and investigating the…

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Readers Rocking Godless Americana

“Sikivu punches in the gut”.   Diane Arellano’s Review: “Godless Americana is a thoughtful and beautifully written book”   Sikivu’s Americana will have you musing at the space contemporary cultural characters like Honey Boo Boo occupy and in the next breathe, have you ponder the true intentions and operative strategies of political heavy weights such as…

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Advance Review: Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels

Black Freethinkers’ review: “Godless Americana is definitely a MUST READ! Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson is masterful at presenting the facts, precept upon precept, of secular social justice, white supremacy, patriarchy, heterosexism, capitalism, economic injustice, and global imperialism. Dr. Hutchinson expertly dissects the dismantling of the American public education system, the school to prison piepline, and the…

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Defense of Marriage: Racism, Family Values and the 99%

As the lead attorney for Proposition 8 trotted out the standard Christian fascist “marriage is only for procreation” party line before the Supreme Court yesterday, I was reminded of a 2012 Los Angeles Timesstory about the changing demographics of California families.  The article leads with an idyllic portrait of a white lesbian-headed family whose daughter is…

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Anthony Pinn on Sikivu Hutchinson

“So much conversation regarding atheism and humanism gains no traction, and does little to push beyond areas of comfort and well worn arguments. Sikivu Hutchinson’s work offers an important corrective to this. With clear and sharp insights, Hutchinson pushes readers to recognize and tackle the patterns of thought and action that limit any real ability…

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