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  • The Muslim-Jewish side of Russell Simmons

    By Ryan Torok

    February 27, 2013 | 9:19 am

    Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is bringing his passion for Jewish-Muslim relations to the West Coast.

    Simmons, who co-founded record label Def Jam at the age of 26 and helped jumpstart the careers of the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J, relocated from New York to Los Angeles in January...

  • Miri Ben-Ari performs for the president today

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 25, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    I spoke to the Grammy-winning hip-hop singer and violinist Miri Ben-Ari a few minutes ago, just as the Israeli-born artist was about to take the stage at Boston Symphony Hall to perform for President Barack Obama and a sold-out crowd of 1,800 viewers at an Obama Victory Fund 2012...

  • Miri Ben-Ari, Hip-hop Grammy Award-winner, uses talent to better the world

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 28, 2011 | 10:28 am

    Miri Ben-Ari, violinist and Grammy winning singer, performed again in Washington last week at the Kennedy Center.  The popular singer has played with artists such as Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Britney Spears reported the Washington Examiner

    Previously Ben-Ari played at the White...

  • HaDag Nachash: Atypical Israel band hip-hops to Hollywood

    By Dikla Kadosh

    November 12, 2008 | 5:44 pm

    Adam Sandler, a.k.a. Israeli Mossad super-agent Zohan, saunters through the streets of Tel Aviv gyrating his cut-off-jeans-clad hips, delighting Israeli beachgoers with an exaggerated display of hacky-sack skills and putting on a super-human show of strength in a game of tug-of-war...
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  • MUSIC VIDEO: Hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari Obama video —‘Stand With Me’

    October 15, 2008 | 12:08 am

    From the YouTube page:

    Miri Ben-Ari, a Grammy Award-Winning violinist, originally from Israel, dedicates her rendition of the National Anthem titled Stand With Me, a music video in support of the Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Barack Obama.

    Supported by Hip Hop mogul...

  • David’s the singer, he’s the rapper

    By Matthue Roth

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Oded Turgeman, director of the new short film "Song of David," doesn't do things the easy way.

    As a burgeoning film director, he applied to Jerusalem's most prestigious film school, with a commander in a combat unit as his only prior life experience. Then he moved to America to...

  • Trio of performers aiming for bite of pop music pie

    By George Robinson

    September 13, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Your chances of getting hit by lightning are better than the odds on winning one of roughly 40 state lotteries found in the United States. But people keep buying lottery tickets, presumably with the belief that when the lightning strikes, they'll be the ones to get fried.

    The odds on...

  • Films: Teen gang members take a page from Anne Frank in ‘Freedom Writers’

    By Nick Street

    January 4, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "Freedom Writers" opens with a montage of scenes from Long Beach two years after the Los Angeles riots. Images of gang life and the neighborhoods where members stage their brutal rites float on a stream of hip-hop sound.

    Into this picture steps an eager but overdressed Erin Gruwell,...

  • A Night at the Fais Do-Do

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    There is a burgundy motif at Club Fais Do-Do -- burgundy curtains, burgundy tablecloths. The eastern wall is also painted a dark red hue but seems to have other colors beneath that seep through from the past.
     
    Just south of the 10 Freeway, in a nondescript part of Culver City,...
  • Versatile Israeli Violinist Gains ‘Dream’ Hip-Hop Hit

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Perusing the hot R & B/Rap Billboard charts, one does not expect to see a red-headed Israeli artist -- replete with a classic "Jewfro" mop of curls -- represented by the No. 3 song. Then again, one does not expect that spot to be filled by a violin-dominated musical number with no...

  • Community Briefs

    By Amy Klein

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Rocking Passover

    Israeli hip-hop act "Hadag Nachash" (Snakefish) thrills the audience at "Let My People Rock," an all-day Passover festival held Sunday, April 16, on the grounds of the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley. More than 2,000 people attended Sunday's event, said...

  • Yo, God!

    By Alan Kaplan

    November 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Let's be real: I'm not exactly burning to see "J.O.B. The Hip-Hopera," which is, to be brief, a couple of Jewish guys "updating" the

    Bible. As a 50-year-old white high school teacher, I'm well outside the hip-hop demographic. I can't dance, have increasingly little fashion sense, and...

  • The King of Israeli Hip-Hop

    By Kelly Hartog

    February 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    With angry lyrics that court controversy, two multiplatinum albums and a third on the way, his own clothing line, record label, legions of fans and glittering religious jewelry, Subliminal could easily be mistaken for a Jewish P.Diddy.

    The lyrics are mostly in Hebrew (although...

  • Milken Dances Into Bid for Nationals

    By Carin Davis

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Jews can dance a mean hora, but when it comes to hip-hop, they aren't known to hold their own -- until now. The Milken Community High School Dance Team swept the open regional Dance Team Competition in Las Vegas and earned a bid to the 2004 National Dance Team Competition of the High...

  • Building Bridges   in Brooklyn

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 12, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Two year ago, when Jeremy Kagan met Yudi Simon, a Chasid, and T.J. Moses, an African American, the young men lived just four blocks from each other in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

    "But it may as well have been 50 miles," he said.

    Their tenuous relationship is the focus of Kagan's new...

  • 7 Days In Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    January 22, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday

    This evening, the American Cinematheque screens "Hello, Dolly!" in all its grand, flashy musical glory. Introducing the film will be the musical's celebrated composer, Jerry Herman, also responsible for shows like "Mame" and "La Cage aux Folles." First, say "Hello, Jerry!"...

  • Where It’s Hip to Be Yiddish

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Hip-Hop music might be cool, funky and ghetto, but DJ Socalled thinks that an infusion of an Yiddish could make it even better.

    "Hip-hop is all based on breaks, and the Yiddish theater records have amazing breaks in them, and they are original breaks," said Montreal-based Socalled,...

  • Musician Finds Salvation in Hip-Hop

    By Dan Pine

    November 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Oakland-based singer/songwriter Hyim has a Middle East peace proposal he'd like to float: Send 10,000 kids to the region, have a heart-to-heart with their Arab and Israeli counterparts and then get 'em all singing.

    "Kumbaya"-flavored pie in the sky? Hyim doesn't think so, and the...

  • Jewish Humor’s New New Rap

    By Daniel Balasco

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Borscht Belt has gone way downtown as a crop of young hip-hoppers redefines the shape of Jewish comedy.

    Welcome to the next generation of Jewish humor, where beats become borscht in the hip-hop Cuisinart. Young Jews have found rap's limitless vocabulary ideal for taking a fresh...

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