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Articles by Sikivu Hutchinson

Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson is an educator, author, and filmmaker. Her writing credits include Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels and Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars….

“Are We Black, Proud and Socialist?”

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,…

Jonestown Journal

…from the Jonestown Narrative.” Much has been happening recently to re-inscribe people of color into our understanding of Jonestown. This includes a significant panel discussion organized by Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson

Fictional Cults Lack Verisimilitude

…of Paradise: A Novel Fred D’Aguiar HarperCollins 384 pp, 2015 White Nights, Black Paradise Sikivu Hutchinson Infidel Books, paper 325 pp, 2015 Jonestown Wilson Harris Faber & Faber (UK) 1997…

Memory Thieves:
Beyond the White Gaze of Jonestown

…“crunch[ing] us into other peoples’ fantasies.” (A trailer for Sikivu Hutchinson’s short film, White Nights, Black Paradise, appears on Vimeo. The film itself was screened on March 24, 2017, at…

On White Negroes, Jim Jones and “Sista” Rachel

…cautionary tale of the price the African American community has paid for political minstrelsy and reverse passing. (Sikivu Hutchinson is the author of Godless Americana: Race and Religious Rebels ,…

Peoples Temple in the Arts 2015

…Black Paradise, by Sikivu Hutchinson “Are We Black, Proud and Socialist?”, by Annie Dawid African-American Women Find Voice in New Jonestown Novel, by Rebecca Moore On White Negroes, Jim Jones…

Fiction and Literature

…and Its Species, by Gentian Miller (2018) The Sacred and the Profane in Wilson Harris’ Jonestown, by Rebecca Moore (2008) White Nights, Black Paradise, by Sikivu Hutchinson (2015) Articles by…