Sikivu Hutchinson: For conscious educators who mentor and teach black boys, Moonlight’s searing evocation of the tender, ambivalent arc of black male attraction from elementary to adulthood was a welcome antidote to caricatures of hip hop hypermasculinity.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Mainstream history’s “Jones ‘jones’ “ whitewashes the fact that black people comprised over 75% of the church and that the majority of those who died in Jonestown were black women motivated by the utopic promise of a black paradise.
Sikivu Hutchinson: True to Frederick Douglass’ assertion that “power concedes nothing without demand,” the snub of DuVernay is criminal but of course not unprecedented.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Recapturing black women’s voices, White Nights, Black Paradise explores their elusive quest for social justice, home and utopia.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Charismatic black men slapping black women around are funny. This was the takeaway conveyed by some audience members at a screening I attended of the new James Brown biopic Get On Up at a predominantly black theater in Los Angeles.