When Nissim Baruch Black was 25, he found himself in a potentially fatal situation. The Seattle-born rapper, who performed under the moniker D. Black at the time, got into an altercation with another artist. When that artist was later the victim of attempted murder by a friend of Black’s, it was assumed that Black had sent him in retaliation.
For parents of black children in the US, where bigotry continues to take people’s lives and freedom, talking about race is often not optional. But acknowledging and naming race in conversations with children is something all parents must do, experts say—early and often.
I wanted and needed Judaism and ultimately as I worked through my studies, I realized it was meant to be. Once I made this decision, there was no turning back and I was nervous — dare I say scared — at times. However, when have I ever let my skin color stop me from doing something NEVER!
Despite BDS, Donald Trump, ISIS, and any other organization or manner of anti-Jewish sentiment, the “looks Jewish” demographic of Jew doesn’t face anything near this magnitude of threat merely by dint of being themselves.
When I was 6 years old I told my parents I was going to become a rabbi.
If I’ve learned anything being a black, observant, Jewish Hip-Hop artist, it’s that it takes time and patience for something new to be accepted and to catch on. As Rosh Hoshanah approaches, I’m ready for more new beginnings that I may never have dreamed of or had the courage to pursue.
Identity is complicated.
Knowing that my great-grandmother was able to live through times where being Black resulted in beatings and deaths, yet still maintain such strong religious beliefs inspired me to be proud of my Jewish heritage.
When New Jersey’s controversial poet laureate, Amiri Baraka, spoke at Yale University February 24, many members of the Jewish campus community were appalled.
Twitty’s embrace of all the various parts of himself — African, African American, European, black, white, gay, Jewish — sometimes raises hackles, as does his habit of speaking his mind.