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Laverne Cox's Brave New Platform

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Miriasha Borsykowsky with Laverne Cox

I consider myself a feminist, and I also strive to combat other axes of oppression in my daily life, but sometimes I fall through. Far too often, I’ll stay quiet when I hear someone make a transphobic comment or a misogynistic remark. Some days I’m really not up to challenging that person, but other times I just let myself believe that it’s not my battle, that it doesn’t matter, that someone else will take care of it.

Princesses of Long Island: Not Good For The Jews (Or, Really, Anyone)

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Princesses of Long Island

I don’t watch a lot of reality tv. I was recently chatting with a good friend of mine, the managing editor of Heeb, and he challenged me to think about why this show upsets me more than other shows. I probably made it through a third of a Jersey Shore episode before turning it off. I do have to wonder—were we, as a Jewish population, up in arms about the dangers of ethnic stereotypes before we were a victim of such portrayals?

Princesses of Long Island: We React

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After the initial episode of Princesses of Long Island aired, I sat down with my friend Chanel Dubofsky  (who, it is worth mentioning, shares a name but none of the traits of one of the stars of the new reality TV show.) We decided to transcribe our conversation, as we attempted to take on and understand the issues behind the show.

Princesses of Long Island: You Had Me at Shalom (or not)

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Gold Coast

I just finished watching the first episode of Bravo’s new reality show, “The Princesses of Long Island.” If you haven’t seen it, just think of a prequel to “The Real Housewives of Long Island.” The show focuses on 6 women in their late 20s who all live at home, have varying levels of codependency with their parents and are searching for their own “Prince Charming” while partying it up in Long Island.

Moments in History: Jewish Entertainers of Television

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Dinah Shore

Earlier this month we promised more from our new series Moments In History, which commemorates game changing Jewish women in entertainment.  Our last entry took a look at women on the silver screen—today we’ll explore memorable moments from the lives of four very different Jewish stars of the smaller screen.

Why this Modern Jewish Mother Loves “Downton Abbey”

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Highclere Castle

I'm not your old-fashioned Jewish Mother, who shovels guilt on my kids in whose lives I'm over-invested.

Downton Abbey's Lady Grantham: Honorary Jewess With Attitude

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Lady Grantham, Downton Abbey

"Is she Jewish?"

How Gilda Radner taught me to love my nose

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Gaby Dunn
Radner_Gilda

I have my mom’s nose.

Remembering Kitty Carlisle Hart

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If ever there was an unofficial Queen of New York City, Kitty Carlisle Hart was it.

Remembering Shari Lewis

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Today in 1998, children's television favorite Shari Lewis, a puppeteer who created the characters Lamb Chop and Charlie Horse, passed away at the age of 64 from cancer. Shari Lewis' tv shows including Shari-Land, The Shari Show, Lamb Chop's Play-Along and The Charlie Horse Music Pizza pioneered the use of participation in educational children's tv programming.

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