Vanessa Hidary. Simple message
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Vanessa Hidary: Be proud of who you are

(Video) Has someone ever said to you, 'You don't look Jewish', and meant it as a compliment? This self-described 'culture bandit' didn't take it kindly. Let's explore through poetry what 'Jewish' means

VIDEO - Identity crisis doesn't mean a thing to Vanessa Hidary, whose journey to her eclectically-gathered Jewish roots took her through the world of hip-hop and spoken word.


A self-described "culture bandit," she does not want you to tell her that she doesn't look Jewish, because this Syrian-American Nuyorican-reppin' Jewess most certainly is. She'll even go to Harlem Def Poetry Jam to tell you personally.


Mixing old-school Hebrew vibes with a multi-culti sensibility and street smarts, Vanessa's message is simple: Be proud of who you are.



For the last thirty-something years Vanessa Hidary has been living many identities, finally finding her own as the Hebrew Mamita. A graduate of acting school in Rhode Island, she has taken her performance art around the country, through her record sales and friendship with Mos Def.


Reprinted with permission from Leadel.NET


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