Join me on a delightful and swear-filled journey as I attempt to bake my family's Black-Jewish Passover tradition: an Africa shaped Matzah known as the Afrikomen.
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with a group of diverse Jewish voices — Sarah Hurwitz, Eli Steinberg and Rebecca Pierce — about the types of conversations they've had in the wake of anti-Semitic attacks.
My latest analysis piece for Jewish Currents discusses the reactionary antisemitic ideology of the Jersey City shooters and why labeling such violence "left-wing" simply because the killers were Black is misleading.
"It is unfortunately not uncommon for marginalized people to respond to real tensions around issues like class and race by blaming another marginalized group rather than the structures of oppression themselves. Reactionary Black separatism should be understood as one of many diverse responses to white supremacy—one that tragically mirrors the ideology that it claims to fight. It is not a stand-in for all Black liberation movements, and it’s false and misleading to cast it as “left-wing.”
For Hey Alma, I wrote about how I wrote about Tiffany Haddish's bat mitzvah, Black Jewish representation, and why the way she's claimed Jewish space in the face of anti-Black racism in the community is so important. Here's an excerpt
"But Tiffany Haddish’s joyful bat mitzvah pictures are a reminder that life as a Black Jew isn’t just suffering and discrimination — it’s also pride, laughter, and a sense of community. Seeing Tiffany Haddish reading from the Torah at her bat mitzvah means seeing my own love for Jewish learning reflected back at me. Hearing her address being Black and Jewish in her new Netflix special Black Mitzvah means I get to laugh along with someone talking about my experience, rather than it being the butt of an outsider’s joke. There is something liberating in the normalcy of it all, and the way that her Jewishness is given public respect where many Black Jews have had ours questioned.”
FULL ARTICLE: https://www.heyalma.com/tiffany-haddishs-bat-mitzvah-is-a-powerful-affirmation-for-black-jews/
As part of my participation as an Affiliate Fellow at Harvard Divinity School's Religion Conflict, and Peace Initiative, I will be presenting on my documentary work covering social movements in Israel and Palestine at the program's Fall Conference, Nov 14-15!
I'll be focusing on how Palestinian, Israeli, and African Asylum Seeker communities respond to experiences of incarceration, and how these differing experiences fit into interlocking systems of state violence.
You can visit the Harvard Divinity School website for conference schedule and in registration information!