Ariella Cohen

FIRST IN LINE: Joe 'White Boy' Stern presides over a procession of the Prince of Wales club, the first time in memory that a white person has headed up a brass-band 'second line' parade for one of New Orleans's traditional black social clubs

In Big Easy, ‘White Boy’ Stern Makes Brass History

Even while fanning himself with two enormous ostrich feathers, Joe “White Boy” Stern, the small, milky-skinned man at the head of the jazz parade, sweated underneath his blue linen suit.

A Family Snapshot, in Black and White

Off-White: A Memoir By Laurie Gunst Soho Press, 288 pages, $25. * * *| Rhoda Cobin Lloyd died in October 1986. Her funeral was a small, open-casket affair that ended with a eulogy by Laurie Gunst, Southern Jew and historian. The eulogy was short: All Gunst could say was that Lloyd’s parents, Sam and Julie, had been born as slaves and

Female Athletes Give New Year Some Muscle

These are calendar girls you don’t want to mess with.In

Peres at NYU, Courtesy of MTV

Adozen men wearing black suits and secret service earpieces loitered next to the front door of a New York University lecture hall. A pack of gum with Hebrew lettering on it lay on a desktop next to a camcorder stand.Clearly there was something out of the ordinary going on in Professor Caroleen Marji’s International Politics of the Middle

Imagining Life as A Black Woman –– In the Bible

In a recent meeting with the Forward at the Hotel Plaza Athenee on Manhattan’s posh Upper East Side, French novelist Marek Halter sketched one stone tablet, then its twin. He fashioned an ark around them and announced, “The Ten Commandments came from Moses.” He paused, popped a wasabi pea in his mouth and set his napkin artwork

Fading Rock Landmark Faces Last Hurrah

The stage lights are in danger of going black at the legendary New York rock club where The Ramones, Blondie and the Talking Heads got their start.Widely held to be the birthplace of punk, CBGB occupies the ground floor and basement of a homeless shelter on the Bowery. But now, the Bowery Residents’ Committee — a publicly funded organization

Individuality, Indelibly Expressed

The Tattoo Artist By Jill Ciment Pantheon Books, 224 pages, $23. * * *|The earliest recorded use of the word “tattoo” is found in descriptions of a Tahitian ritual, written by British explorer Captain James Cook during a 1769 voyage through the South Pacific. Imported into English vocabularies to describe the indelible body art

Day School Innovates Curriculum With Help From Corporate Donor

As Jewish day schools strive to attract a new generation of computer-savvy students and their very discriminating parents, private funding from secular sources may be the key to the future.This fall, South Area Solomon Schechter Day School, located in Stoughton, Mass., will launch an integrated math and science program with a

‘Neverland’ Producer Searches for a Cure to Son’s Bloom’s Syndrome

In the press notes to the 2004 movie “Finding Neverland,” director Mark Forster ruminates on the “deep human need for illusions and dreams” and “belief in the face of tragedy.”Producer Richard Gladstein does not offer anything quite so sentimental when I ask him, about one year after the film’s blockbuster success, to muse on its

Singer Memoir on CD

The Forward Association (publisher of the Forward) recently released a two-disc recording of Nobel Prize-winner Isaac Bashevis Singer’s 1966 memoir, “In My Father’s Court” — in Yiddish.Originally serialized in the Yiddish Forward over the course of seven months in 1955, Singer’s reminiscences were published under the pseudonym “Isaac