Shades of Black Atheism #5: Baptist-Turned-Atheist, Nicome Taylor

Nicome Taylor is a California native, with a religious background rooted in the Baptist Church. Now 30, she admits that this type of upbringing had a great impact on her worldviews especially during times of hardship. Her grandmother’s principles and values were heavily influenced by the Bible and her southern roots laid the Christian foundation that would be adhered to by her children as well as her grandchildren.

Nicome’s mother battled with kidney failure, so having faith in “God’s promise” of an afterlife played a significant role in her life. Knowing that her mother’s condition was temporary, that in the next life she would be pain-free, she had peace of mind. When Nicome was only 17 and her mother passed away, this is what she clung to. Still, like so many theists, she struggled to understand why God would allow her mother to die instead of healing her illness. [Read more…]

Shades of Black Atheism #4: The Story of a Trans Man, G. Andrews

G. Andrews, also known as Flexx, is a 31-year-old trans man living in Miami, Florida. He* is the youngest child in his family and was the only one designated female at birth. His father’s side of the family is from Grenada, West Indies, and his mother’s side is multi-racial (French, Irish and African), hailing from Virginia. [Read more…]

Shades of Black Atheism #3: Mandisa Thomas

Mandisa Thomas is one of the co-founders and current President of Black Nonbelievers, Inc. The mission of this organization is fourfold: to provide secular fellowship, to nurture and support nonbelievers in coming out, to promote atheist pride, and to organize nonbelievers for charitable causes. [Read more…]

Shades of Black Atheism #2: Ian Cromwell

Ian Cromwell is mostly known for his blog The Crommunist Manifesto at Freethought Blogs. He focuses on topics including race/racism, religion, politics, and a number of other related social justice topics. He occasionally speaks publicly on the same topics and would gladly speak or sit as a panelist at up-coming conferences and conventions. [Read more…]

Shades of Black Atheism #1: Lauren Anderson Youngblood

Lauren Anderson Youngblood is the Communications Manager for the Secular Coalition for America. I’ve started this series with her for very specific reasons:

  1. She is one of only a handful of black atheists in a paid position within a national atheist organization.
  2. Her story and background are not what you’d expect to hear from a black atheist.
  3. Her education, experience, family and employment would make her an ideal speaker at a convention and yet she’s never been asked to speak.

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