June 25, 2024


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170 Stars Signal Statement Launching Black-Jewish Leisure Alliance

Tiffany Haddish appears on the red carpet to premiere her Netflix exclusive “Black Mitzvah” in December 2020. (Netflix through JTA)

By Gabe Friedman

More than 170 entertainment market leaders have signed a unity assertion marking the launch of the Black-Jewish Leisure Alliance created to foster dialogue and mutual being familiar with.

The large-profile signees include things like Tiffany Haddish (who is Black and Jewish), Mayim Bialik, NFL player Zach Banner (who has emerged as a major professional athlete voice in opposition to anti-Semitism), Terry Crews, Herbie Hancock, Sharon Osbourne and Nick Cannon (who apologized immediately after producing anti-Semitic statements final yr on a podcast episode).

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“In the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., Rabbi Abraham Heschel, and the many Blacks and Jews who stood collectively in the struggle for civil rights, we come jointly to help each and every other in the struggle from hatred and bigotry,” the group’s “unity statement” reads.

The business will maintain programming geared to its goals of dialogue and comprehending, as very well as “in-human being trips these types of as pilgrimages to locations that are historically and/or culturally important to every neighborhood,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The alliance comes in the wake of a calendar year that saw a spate of anti-Semitic controversies involving various Black business figures — from the rappers Wiley and Jay Electronica to NFL star DeSean Jackson — and a world protest motion for Black justice in the wake of the demise of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer. Multiple Black superstars, like former NBA greats Charles Barkley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, repudiated anti-Semitism in the Black local community following the incidents very last calendar year.