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Monthly Archive: July 2013

Jul 31 2013

Sikivu Hutchinson on the Exhale Show: Faith & Religion

Exhale show hosts

Exhale show: Aspire Network Wednesday, July 31st: Faith & Religion Season 1 Episode 5 Airing on July 31, 2013, 8/7CT The women of Exhale are having some spirited conversation with Columbia Pictures Executive and Author of Produced By Faith Devon Franklin, R&B Artist Kelly Price, Pastor Beverly Bam Crawford and Atheist and Author of Moral …

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Jul 29 2013

The Politics of Respectability, System Justification and those sagging pants

by Frederick Sparks Ever since the Zimmerman verdict was announced, there has been a steady stream of black talking heads vying for the Bill Cosby Call Black People Out on Their Shit award. These sociopolitical observers embrace their task of exhortation to remind black people that we are indeed responsible for not only the verdict, …

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Jul 29 2013

To Hell with Steve King: A Note of Gratitude

BSLA, Hugo & his mom

As Congress continues its endless partisan gyrations on immigration reform and Tea Party shills like Steve King ramp up their nativist/racist rhetoric about “criminal” undocumented youth, the lives and futures of real undocumented youth hang in the balance.  BSLA scholarship recipient Hugo Cervantes writes: My mother works 8am-7pm Monday to Friday, working as a maid …

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Jul 25 2013

The BLACKOUT: Secular Rally in New York

Mandisa Thomas, BN

  The BLACKOUT: Secular Rally is the first-ever rally featuring non-believers of color and is scheduled for Saturday, July 27th at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York from 1:30pm to 6:00 pm. The event is being hosted by Black Atheists of America and Black NonBelievers. The purpose of the event is to celebrate secularism …

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Jul 23 2013

Shadow of the Plantation: Statement in Solidarity w/Abortion Freedom Rides

stop patriarchy

By Sikivu Hutchinson The Stop Patriarchy coalition’s Abortion Freedom Rides begin July 23rd In her book In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens, Alice Walker writes, “What did it mean for a black woman to be an artist in our grandmother’s time? Our great-grandmothers’ day? Did you have a genius of a great-great-grandmother who died under …

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Jul 15 2013

Trayvon’s Class of 2013

BSLA Scholars, Members & Community

By Sikivu Hutchinson 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 …

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Jul 12 2013

Anti-Abortion & Health Care War is War on Women of Color

Right on to Sarah Slamen, the pro-choice activist and white ally who disrupted the Texas Legislature’s Christian fascist amen corner against women’s right to self-determination with its pernicious anti-abortion bill and got thrown out by the mob. Remarking on MSNBC about the mortal threat that the Texas GOP’s anti-abortion and anti-Medicaid assault poses, she said: “I’m privileged as a white woman from …

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Jul 11 2013

Congratulations Ramiro Salas! A. Philip Randolph Scholar

Ramiro Salas, BSLA scholar

Recently, the Los Angeles Times spotlighted the heartbreaking outrage of a 17 year-old young man who was gunned down walking home in his South L.A. neighborhood just weeks before his high school graduation.  The young man was a poet who often wrote about overcoming the negative conditions in his community.  Even though he didn’t have any concrete plans, he …

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Jul 10 2013

Creepy Crackers n’ Shucking Toms

uncle tom & little eva

By Sikivu Hutchinson Pity poor Uncle Tom.  When angry white male atheists start trotting him out as a cover for their racist circle jerk you know you’ve got a postmodern moment with a cherry on top.  Although it’s never stopped being open season on black folk in America the Beautiful, the Supreme Court’s gutting of …

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