Donald Trump making America great

Multicultural Parenting in the Trump Era

It is official – Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States. Given his highly divisive campaign and approach to politics, this fact has many American minorities wringing their hands in worry. However we need to keep things in perspective. While Mr. Trump may have been a star in reality TV, that does…

Afterthoughts of a Third Party Voter

This past Tuesday I patiently waited for my boyfriend to get off of work so that he could watch my 3 week old baby so that I could go vote. It was 3 p.m., and I was the only voter at my polling location. Two gentlemen were there to support the campaign efforts of local…

Mother consoles daughter after rocket attack

Don’t Pray for France, Pray for the World

Yesterday evening, the news started to break about the terrorist attacks in Paris. Since Shabbat had already started, I didn’t get any opportunity to personally review the details of what was unfolding. Earlier this evening, I did my best to catch up. What I saw on social media was a large-scale show of support for…

Bibi

Why Bibi’s Win Shouldn’t Upset American Liberals

Earlier today a co-worker asked about how I felt about Bejamin Netanyahu’s victory in the Israeli elections. I felt that in this instance, in a conversation with a non-Jewish American, brevity would be best, so I responded, “I think it’s good.” And it’s true…I do think that it’s a good thing. In spite of awaking…

Jamaican Flag Marijuana Leaf

Green Gold: Can Jamaica Really Profit from Marijuana Legalization?

In late January, the Jamaican Parliament passed a bill that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana (less than 2 ounces). This is a really surprising, but timely move by the Jamaican government. In spite of marijuana being so intrinsically tied into Jamaican culture, thank to the Rastafarians, the laws of the country have prohibited…

POTUS

No, I Did Not Watch the State of the Union Address This Year

Nope, didn’t do it. That’s right, I didn’t watch the President’s State of the Union address tonight. I guess it is safe to say that I feel disenfranchised from American politics at the moment. I mean it’s been a really tough year. A year where a lot of latent racial tension has boiled to the…

The Interview Movie

Why the POTUS Should Stay Out of the Entertainment Industry

I admit, have not been closely following the story about the movie The Interview and Sony Pictures’ decision to pull the film from theaters. However when I heard that President Obama made a statement that he publicly disagreed with Sony’s decision, I had to roll my eyes. It’s not that I agree or disagree with…

justice

The Media, Not Racism Has Incited Nationwide Protests

I didn’t think that I would be writing about this (“this” being the Grand Jury failing to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown). Originally, I wanted to post something on Facebook. But gauging from the types of responses I was reading on my wall, I could envision myself being attacked from both…