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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

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Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

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John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

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April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

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Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

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Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review June 1, 2006 / 5 Sivan 5766

Mixed message on Oprah's I-Pod

By Clarence Page

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You can tell a lot about people by what they have on their iPods. Oprah Winfrey recently acknowledged that she's "got a little 50 (Cent) on my iPod. I really do. Love 'In Da Club.' That's the most revealing tidbit I've heard about a major newsmaker since Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) said she clicks her iPod most often to Aretha Franklin's "Respect," among other anthems of our generation.

That's appropriate. Every woman has at least a little Aretha in them, Lena Horne once said, although I expected the former first lady to be humming along to Helen Reddy's "I am woman, hear me roar…"

Winfrey was defending herself in a surprise appearance on a New York City radio station, Power 105.1 FM, against a complaint from rap star and actor 50 Cent that she rarely invites rappers on her talk show. "I think she caters to older white women," he said.

Now, now, that's a cheap shot even for a guy who calls himself "50 Cent."

Ludacris, another rap star and actor whose real name is Chris Bridges, chimed in with a complaint in GQ magazine. Oprah was "unfair" to him, he says, during a show in which he appeared last October with co-stars from best-picture Oscar winner "Crash."

Mercy. Who knew that big-name macho rap stars had such tender feelings? Apparently touched by their angst, Ms. Live-Your-Best-Life called New York DJ Ed Lover to assure the world that, "I listen to some hip-hop." Besides "Fitty," she claimed to "love Jay-Z, love Kanye (West), love Mary J. (Blige)."

I'm still trying to wrap my mental arms around the thought of Ms. Winfrey jogging, say, along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago listening to 50 Cent's "In da Club." You go, girl.

I don't question her musical taste. As they used to say on Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" back in my day, it's got a good beat and you can dance to it.

However, as I often ask my teen-aged son as he tries, often in vain, to keep me in tune with today's late-breaking cultural waves, does she listen to the lyrics?

"You can find me in da club/ Bottle full of Bub," it begins. "Bub," by the way, is short for "bubbly," as in champagne, I am told on the street. If you've heard something different, feel free to further enlighten me.

"… I'm into having sex, I ain't into making love/ So come give me a hug if you into getting' rubbed…"

And that's from the clean version, I point out, the one played over old-fashioned, non-satellite radio. The uncensored version could make Howard Stern blush, were he still capable of embarrassment.

But, while Winfrey tries to show how deeply she still gets down with the people, Ice Cube, another rap and movie star, has joined the bash-Oprah fray, arguing that he's more ready for Oprah's audience than she seemingly thinks.

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"I've been involved in three projects pitched to her, but I've never been asked to participate," he tells FHM magazine in its July issue, scheduled to hit newsstands on June 6. When he was helping to promote "Barbershop," his hugely successful 2002 movie, she had Cedric the Entertainer and Eve on the show, "but I wasn't invited," he moaned. "Maybe she's got a problem with hip-hop… She's had damn rapists, child molesters and lying authors on her show. And if I'm not a rags-to-riches story for her, who is?"

Well, not exactly from "rags," judging by various Cube biographies. Born O'Shea Jackson in 1969 in South Central Los Angeles, Ice Cube was raised by working parents, which in itself puts him well ahead of the usual gangsta stereotype. He reportedly began writing rap as a student at William Howard Taft High School, a racially and economically mixed school in the San Fernando Valley community of Woodland Hills, Calif., where the median income tops $70,000. Not too ghetto.

Despite the cultural handicap of graduating from a decidedly un-ghetto high school, he dropped out of college to join young Dr. Dre and others to form the angry N.W.A., short for "Niggaz With Attitude," best known for the 1989 underground hit "F—- tha (sic) Police," which brought an FBI investigation and a publicity bonanza.

Yet, now his mid-30s, a different family-oriented Cube has emerged in such comedies as "Barbershop" and "Are We There Yet?" I eagerly await the satisfaction of seeing him yell at his kids to turn down that profane rap music.

In the meantime, as 50 Cent trumpets his "rubbin'" work and a former NWA promotes his family values, I need not wonder why so many of our kids today are so morally confused. Maybe that's just my generation talking.

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