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Nov 11 2013

In Cold Blood: The Murder of Renisha McBride

Renisha McBride

By Sikivu Hutchinson A white family grieves in outrage after their teenage daughter has been gunned down by a black homeowner in an African American neighborhood. In this parallel universe the killer walks free, enjoying the benefit of being viewed as having defended his home from a violent intruder, while the big city D.A. decides whether or not to charge …

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Nov 04 2013

Sisterhood Ain’t Powerful: White Women’s Rights

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By Sikivu Hutchinson When reality TV fixture Omarosa Manigault claimed on the Bethenny Frankel show that white women could “walk around” being mediocre and still get rewarded with opportunities—while Black women had to be exceptional—the predominantly white female studio audience gasped, outraged by her “heresy”.  Omarosa’s baggage as a tabloid lightening rod notwithstanding, her charge …

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Oct 28 2013

Save the Women’s Leadership Project

WLP scholarship winners

WLP is in jeopardy of being discontinued at the end of this year due to the expiration of its L.A. County funding and the lack of prioritization of grassroots work with girls of color. Using a feminist humanist curriculum, WLP trains young women of color high school students to do peer education outreach on violence …

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Oct 16 2013

Blacks in STEM Seminar

Devin Waller, planetary geologist

Who fits the stereotype of scientific or mathematical genius? Traditionally, racial and gender stereotypes influence who “conforms” to mainstream society’s image of scientific proficiency and intellectualism. Although one of the most well known contemporary scientists in the world is African American physicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, the dominant culture still portrays science and math as disciplines …

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Oct 14 2013

Secular Woman of the Year

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I’m honored to be recognized as the Secular Woman of the Year by Secular Woman, a feminist gender justice organization dedicated to “amplifying the voice, presence, and influence of non-religious women”. Writer Ian Cromwell was named “Secular Man of the Year”, Soraya Chemaly was named “Secular Activist of the Year” and Stephanie Zvan’s blog Almost Diamonds was recognized as …

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Oct 07 2013

Disposable Children: Whiteness, Heterosexism & the Murder of Lawrence King


By Sikivu Hutchinson It isn’t until the end of the new HBO documentary film Valentine Road, the gut-wrenching chronicle of the 2008 classroom murder of 15 year-old Lawrence King, a homeless gay youth of color, that the viewer learns the significance of the film’s name.  Valentine Road is the location of King’s Oxnard, California grave, …

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Oct 04 2013

BSLA at Models of Pride LGBTQ Youth Conference


  On Saturday October 19, 2013, Black Skeptics Los Angeles (BSLA) will conduct a workshop entitled “What About Atheism?” at the 2013 Models of Pride LGBTQ youth conference at the University of Southern California. BSLA members Nicome Taylor, Liz Ross and Chavonne Taylor will discuss radical secular humanism and unpack what it means to be an atheist, agnostic, and freethinker …

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Oct 03 2013

BSLA Partners With Atheists United on 2014 First in the Family Scholarship

  Black Skeptics Los Angeles (BSLA), an African American atheist 501c 3 nonprofit organization, has partnered with Atheists United on its 2014 scholarship fund for youth non-believers of color.  This year BSLA awarded five outstanding South Los Angeles students college scholarships.  Jamion Allen, Phillip Aubrey, Hugo Cervantes, Ramiro Salas and Victory Yates from Washington Prep …

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Sep 27 2013

New Trial for Marissa Alexander and Call to Action

From the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign: Dear advocates and activists for justice, Yesterday’s thrilling overturn of the guilty verdict against Marissa Alexander put the onus on Florida State Prosecutor Angela Corey to either try Marissa again or drop the case. We say drop the case!  Stop this cruel and unforgivable vendetta against a mother …

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Sep 27 2013

The Trouble with Those Atheists

WLP STEM & Humanities Scholars 2012-2014

By Sikivu Hutchinson Until it was revived by the activist-minded Benjamin Jealous, the NAACP was widely viewed as a staid throwback coasting on the glory of the civil rights movement.  Under Jealous’ leadership, the organization set out to demonstrate its political relevance, ramping up campaigns around mass incarceration, the death penalty, voter suppression and marriage …

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