Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is bringing his passion for Jewish-Muslim relations to the West Coast.
So, how was your Cinco de Mayo? Mine was awful. Blame the morning of May 4. That’s when I found out Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys had died at 47.
As a student at an all-girls day school in Brooklyn, the first thing I learned about the Beastie Boys turned out to be untrue.
According to a yeshiva urban legend, two of the founding members of the Beastie Boys had attended The Marsha Stern Talmudic Academy in upper Manhattan. Some MTA students even claimed to know where the hip-hop pioneers had tagged the school with their handles.
Adam Yauch of the seminal hip-hop group the Beastie Boys has died at the age of 47 after battling cancer.
The Beastie Boys are to be inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.
I had been dating my girlfriend for a month when I told her that my parents were coming to town for their yearly visit from the East Coast. "Do your parents know I'm a shiksa?" Laura asked, smirking sincerely. "Not yet," I said. "I haven't told them about you yet. But don't worry, they'll be cool with you not being Jewish." I said this, unsure if that last statement was completely true.
You've probably never thought about what the music of the Beastie Boys and grandma's kugel have in common. Both artistic endeavors call for a recipe with a whole cup of spunk, a teaspoon of social and cultural justice and more than a pinch of love mixed in for the perfect consistency. With a new live concert movie, "Awesome: I F****** Shot That," coming out in theatres in Los Angeles today, the once seemingly party-driven, white hip-hop group from New York has learned to wear all their outfits well, from their early days as prankster punk rockers standing on top of their Bronx soap box, to their time as hip-hoppin' haters of war and injustice standing on top of the prestigious stage at Madison Square Garden.
Welcome to Hip Hop Shabbat.