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Cool Jewish Events: Poetry as Protest II: Writing Justice

In the above Def Jam Poetry clip, Shihan uses poetry to protest everything he’s “Sick & Tired” about and boy, do watch out for that R-rated language! Event: Poetry as Protest II: Writing JusticeDate: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009 (Please note correction to date)Place: Drisha Institute, 37 W. 65th, 5th floor, New York, NYTime: 7-9pmSuggested Donation:… Continue reading Cool Jewish Events: Poetry as Protest II: Writing Justice

culture/multiculturalism · Hispanics/Latinos · Jews/Jewish/Judaism/Orthodox Judaism · poetry

The Hebrew Mamita tells it like it is

It’s not so easy being a Jewish poet. Between the anti-Semitism from non-Jews and being called ‘an angry black man’ by an Orthodox Jew, Vanessa Hidary, the Hebrew Mamita, has a lot to say and I’m certainly glad (I hope you are too) she hasn’t let these crazy people silence her.

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Bless you!

Fellow Latina Jewish artist Maya Escobar, who has been featured on this blog before, recognized her own when she decided to feature Vanessa Hidary, the Hebrew Mamita, on her own blog. The YouTube video below is the¬†Jewess’s riff on “Ga Bless You Ma.” For those of you innocents, this is a common enough phrase slung… Continue reading Bless you!

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Attention Kmart Shoppers!

I discovered a new blog, “Mixed Race America” and because of it three spoken word poets to rival Vanessa Hidary, the Hebrew Mamita (previously featured on this blog). First, check out Alix Olsen doing “America’s On Sale” below. If you’re curious for more, log onto to this recent post from the Mixed Race America blog,… Continue reading Attention Kmart Shoppers!

books and reading · poetry · Riverdale · writing

First Poetry Reading

Attended my first poetry reading today. My husband was reading two of his poems at the first ever Riverdale Writers Reading Series at the Riverdale Y. Too tired to write anything more than a short summary: Poetry reading, good. Ugga ugga.

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The Couplet Commitment

Okay, I am not well-versed (heehee) in the art of poetry. My education in the realm of this genre is elementary but not elementary enough to wonder whether or not knowing what a couple really is will be useful on the Regents or the rest of my student’s lives. So today, I got whiplash by… Continue reading The Couplet Commitment