Meet Israel’s Dopest
Hebrew Israelite MCs

September 6, 2017AHIJ, music
Kendrick Lamar and Kodak Black are popular rappers with millions of fans. They are also self-proclaimed Israelites. In a recent Genius article, Sam Kestenbaum explained that Kendrick and Kodak aren't the first American rappers to embrace the Hebrew Israelite spiritual movement, which promotes the ideas that the ancient Israelites were black and African Americans are their direct, genealogical [...]

The Warrior

July 31, 2017AHIJ, In Memoriam
The walls of Ahk Ahmeshadye’s house in the Village of Peace are covered with family photographs—black and white prints from the 1950s and ’60s, color prints from later decades, blurry candids, formal portraits, and a few collages, all framed and tacked up in something like chronological order. Step inside the front door and there, in [...]

Amar’e Stoudemire,
Hebrew Israelite [Updated]

October 10, 2016Hebrew Israelites
Is Amar’e Stoudemire a Jew or a Hebrew Israelite? Readers can't be faulted if they are confused about Stoudemire’s identity after reading David Kaufman’s Oct. 9 profile of the former Knicks forward, who now lives in Israel and plays for Hapoel Jerusalem. In the article, Kaufman describes Stoudemire as “an unlikely Jew” and as someone who didn’t come out [...]

Ben Ammi goes to Washington

October 16, 2015AHIJ

Fifteen years ago today, Ben Ammi Ben Israel—the late spiritual leader of the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem—gave a brief but memorable speech on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The occasion was the Million Family March, organized by the Nation of Islam and attended by hundreds of thousands of black men, women, and children. […]