In this third installment of “Latinx Comic Biographies and Graphic Memoirs” series, I dive into how Voloj and Ahlering illustrate the 1970s South Bronx, which chronicles the life of Nuyorican Benjamin “Bengy” Melendez, former gang leader and community activist.
For a person of color in America, the term person of color can be both useful and divisive, at once a form of solidarity and a badge of alienation. There’s a flattening effect, too: A multitude of ethnicities and cultures, with their own color-coded nuances, get crammed into the initials P.O.C. Among its many virtues, Mira Jacob’s graphic memoir, GOOD TALK (One World, $30), helps us think through this term with grace and disarming wit.
"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."
As a black Jewish writer, I obviously want to read books written by and highlighting the stories of Jews of color. That’s easier said than done, though. It’s not that these stories don’t exist — Jewish literature is an amazing, rich genre of diasporic Jewish stories.
By age 22, I had not read a popular fantasy with a character that looked like me. There wasn't the sea of materials that there were for my white friends.
White Ashkenazi author writes Indian Jewish children's book that reflects the changing Jewish world.
The book tells how Twitty attempts to reclaim his black family and sense of place via food.
A painstakingly researched book by Black feminist, activist-writer Robyn Maynard debunks the myth of Canadian white benevolence and draws a straight line between past state-sanctioned injustices and current tensions.
With much attention awarded to immigration-related issues in recent months, many of us have considered increasingly the Jewish immigrant experience in the United States, particularly since it reflects many of our families’ histories.
Bay Area Jews understand that what is often called “the Jewish community” is really a community of communities, united by some things but distinctively different in so many ways.
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 World Jewish Heritage Fund’s first digital publication, Israel’s Top 100 Ethnic Restaurants, is making waves around the Jewish world, bringing forward the importance of culinary heritage.
In conversation with the author Julian Voloj, Melendez discusses growing up in the South Bronx, the events that led to the gang truce, and how it feels to be now in a graphic novel.
Despite the propaganda emanating from Iran, it is undeniable that at least 13 Jews have been executed there since the Islamic revolution, supposedly for being connected to Israel or for helping fellow Jews emigrate.
At Be'chol Lashon we are quietly and joyfully marking a year since the launch of Jewish&. Sharing stories is one of the best ways we know about how to celebrate diversity and the richness of both the historic and contemporary Jewish experience.
Israeli culinary expert Janna Gur gathers traditional recipes from across the Diaspora in her new cookbook, ‘Jewish Soul Food’