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Nissim Black on Orthodox Judaism, hip-hop and more

Nissim Black has had a tumultuous journey — from his early days on the streets of Seattle where he was selling drugs by the age of 12, to a religious awakening that led him to Judaism and life in Israel.

Black is also a hip-hop artist who is using his music and lyrics to spread his faith and wisdom. -

He’s coming to Charlotte to tell his story as Hanukkah begins.

We talk to him about the lessons he’s learned along the way, and how he’s fit hip-hop into Judaism and used it as a way to reach others.


  • Nissim Black, Orthodox Jewish hip-hop artist
  • Rabbi Shlomo Cohen, outreach director at Chabad of Charlotte

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Charlotte Talks Executive Producer Wendy Herkey has been with WFAE since 1998, beginning in the membership department, and has been on the Charlotte Talks staff since 1999.