"What does Jewish look like?" - Vanessa Hidary, The Hebrew Mamita

Even though it's Saturday morning, drinking coffee while getting ready to take the PharmKid to ballet class, I'm not usually one to throw up YouTube videos as blog posts without any context.

However, my dear friend, frequent commenter, and devoted traffic-driver, anjou, passed this along to me.

I've never really gotten into the whole spoken-word / poetry slam movement but maybe it's because I haven't been paying attention. We also don't have HBO so I've never seen Def Poetry, where these Vanessa Hidary performances aired.

Even if you aren't Jewish or a woman, these two are worth every second of the six minutes it'll take to go through both.

Then, go to Vanessa's MySpace site and listen to "Brooklyn," but with earbuds if there are little kids around. (Her personal website is currently being revamped.).

And then, since you're now hooked on Vanessa Hidary, read this 2003 article in Jewish World Review.

How have I missed this woman?

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Hadn't seen the second one- made me laugh too....could put an extra PhD after my name too.....

Fanfuckingtastic. I wish I had a dime for every time someone has told me "you don't *look* Jewish..."

By Catharine Zivkovic (not verified) on 15 Mar 2009 #permalink

I'm really puzzled by the audience reaction to "The Hebrew Mamita".

The people looked bored during the onstage, and finally rousing applause. What am I missing?

By Jack Coupal (not verified) on 15 Mar 2009 #permalink

I've gotten the "you don't look Jewish" too...

The most poignant - I went to a snooty private elementary school-- one girl was relating a story about how her Dad hated Jews....I think someone kicked her and she realized I was Jewish-- she stumbled out some sort of comment like-- "uh, not like you, uh I mean the ones with big noses and the ones that talk alot..."