How we think about enslavement matters

Nell Irvin Painter, The Guardian, 08/14/2019

400 years ago, the first Africans who came to America were not ‘enslaved’, they were indentured – and this makes a crucial difference when we think about the meanings of our past.

Wandering in translation, learning to speak the language of my people

Tova Ricardo, J. The Jewish News of Northern California, 08/12/2019

Due to diasporic persecution and the pressures of cultural conformity, I cannot speak a language murdered out of my bloodline.

Ezra's BIG Shabbat Question

Aviva L. Brown and Anastasia Kanavaliuk, SpringLight Publishing, 07/30/2019

Ezra LOVES questions! Follow his adventure, which will leave your little one in stitches of laughter.

EyeSeeMe bookstore teaches children the value of African-American history

Tanisha Sykes, USA Today, 04/10/2019

"We have to feed our children positive images and tell the stories of our past because the nation would not be what it is today without those ancestors."

The first African-American female mayor in Chicago history will be Lori Lightfoot

Madeline Holcombe and Ray Sanchez, CNN, 04/03/2019

The next mayor will face issues like crime and police-community relations.

Sign Of The Times: Jordan Peele’s Nazi-Hunting Series Marching To Screen With New Stars

Mary Papenfuss, Huffington Post, 02/19/2019

“It’s cathartic. It’s noir. It’s frighteningly relevant,” Peele said after “The Hunt” was greenlighted.

An ‘Intoxicating’ Singer, Whether It’s Green Day or ‘Oklahoma!’

Rob Weinert-Kendt, New York Times, 10/02/2018

Rebecca Naomi Jones, who has made her reputation in rock and pop musicals, will tackle a classic as Laurey in “Oklahoma!”

Exploding Myths About 'Black Power, Jewish Politics'

Leah Donnella, Code Switch, 06/04/2018

Many Americans tell the story of Black-Jewish political relations like this: First, there was the Civil Rights movement, where the two groups got along great.

How Meghan Markle Made Sure Her Blackness Was Represented At The Royal Wedding

Paula Rogo, Essence, 05/19/2018

All eyes were on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding on Saturday.

When Counselors Go To Camp

Team Be'chol Lashon, Jewish&, 05/31/2016

Where do seasoned camp veterans go to learn more about camp? Why camp, of course! Camp Be’chol Lashon (CBL) staffers Michael DeYoung (right) and Jonah Tobin (left) attended the Foundation for Jewish Camping’s Cornerstone Seminar to be with hundreds of other camping professionals.

Celebrating African American Jews

Amanda Seigel, New York Public Library, 02/11/2016

Facebook Likes to Real World Love

Team Be'chol Lashon, My Jewish Learning, 02/10/2016

Given the strength their love for each other is, it seems like these two were meant to be together. But as for many Jews of Color, finding a match was by no means guaranteed. The path to matrimony was part luck, part technology, and a whole lot of Torah. Romance was really an afterthought.

Ta-Nehisi Coates and King Solomon, Telling it Like It Is

Eytan Kenter, Jewish&, 01/14/2016

This past summer, I also read a modern Ecclesiastes in the book Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Much like Ecclesiastes it is not presenting the best of the world, but the unfortunate realities of it.

The co-opting of Black Lives Matter could be its downfall

Seth Mandel, New York Post, 12/29/2015

Stomping the Yard: Black Students, White Spaces

Dr. Chandra Gill, Jetmag, 12/03/2015

The struggle to survive at predominantly white institutions... “There is one sin that slavery committed against me which I will never forgive. It robbed me of my education.” – Dr. James D. Anderson

Taye Diggs' brave defense of his half-white son

David Kaufman, New York Post, 11/19/2015

Actor and singer Taye Diggs might be black, but he wants folks to understand that his son, Walker, isn’t — at least not entirely. That’s the message he’s been shopping around as part of a tour to promote his new children’s book, “Mixed Me.”

An Interesting Jewish "Jeopardy" Champ

Rabbi Jason Miller, My Jewish Learning, 10/07/2015

Passover is the eight-day Jewish holiday in which we ask questions at the seder table. For one quirky Jewish guy from Washington DC, Sukkot was the eight-day Jewish holiday in which he successfully answered clues with questions.