Sikivu Hutchinson

Sikivu Hutchinson is an American feminist, novelist, playwright, and director. She is the author of The Rock ‘n’ Roll Heretic (2021), Humanists in the Hood: Unapologetically Black, Feminist, and Heretical (2020), White Nights, Black Paradise (2015), and Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars.

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Black women and abortion on demand without apology

Black women and abortion on demand without apology

Reading Time: 4 minutes In her 1974 essay In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, Alice Walker wrote: Did you have a genius of a great-grandmother who died under some ignorant and depraved overseer’s lash? Or was she required to bake biscuits for a lazy backwater tramp, when she cried out in her soul to paint watercolors of sunsets…or was her body broken and forced to bear children (who were more often than not sold…

Supporting Black teachers under siege

Supporting Black teachers under siege

Reading Time: 4 minutes Generations after Black secularist historian and scholar Carter G. Woodson founded what was initially dubbed “Negro History Week,” the continued struggle for Black self-determination in education is an indictment of American democracy. In his new book Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching, Harvard professor Jarvis Givens argues that “teaching and learning themselves continue to be ‘a means of escape’…and a total critique of the current…

What’s faith got to do with it? Culturally relevant humanism and Black Gen Z

What’s faith got to do with it? Culturally relevant humanism and Black Gen Z

Reading Time: 4 minutes I came across the concept of agnosticism at the age of 12. The existence of the Christian God is an idea I stray farther away from, both because of the way people who identify under it constantly spread hate and lies, and because examples have been presented to me about the illegitimacy of the so called “Word of God”—13 year-old Black agnostic Big revelation—the global pandemic, a wrecking ball of…

Little surfer boy

Little surfer boy

Reading Time: 15 minutes They look over their shoulders before they take to their boards. Watch for the girls huddled in Juicyfruit gum popping reverie; the kids beating sandcastles into corn mush, the butt-cheek flashing old-timers settling down for a flame-broiled snooze under big yellow umbrellas. They steady themselves then take flight, working the waves into submission, salt clogging their noses, mouths, eyes; salt thrusting them into blindness, into the watery graves they’d been…


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