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Jewish culture news worldwide: Tea-time with Hitler; Jewish teen takes supermodel to prom; Lil Dicky raps about being white and Jewish.

May 30, 2013 14:55
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LA Jewish day school student Jake Davidson tried to make every teenage boy's dream come true and take a supermodel to prom, by posting a YouTube video invitation to Kate Upton.

Dicky's Jewishness plays a huge role in his songs, his album art and his vision as a rapper. He doesn't hide the fact that he's "Jewish, and white, and pretty average looking. And I grew up in a suburban home right outside of Philadelphia. With outstanding parents." Instead of rapping about typical hip-hop topics (beginning "life as a poor, violent man, only to see your fortunes turn once you started rapping," as he sees it) he's rapping about the things he can relate to, and instead of reclaiming the n-word, he jarringly uses the k-word. Here's a song in which he raps about the advantages and disadvantages of being a "White Dude."

Last week, the Schmooze posted a preview of the PBS documentary Mel Brooks: Make a Noise and some fun clips from Mel Brooks' films. Since then PBS put the entire documentary online for viewers in the US. Unfortunately, the video does not work in Israel, but other readers can enjoy it here.

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