Interfaith Celebrities: Coming of Age Again, the Girls of NYC and a Couple of Rookies

By Nate Bloom

April 17, 2012

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Drake’s Second Bar Mitzvah

Drake, the rap singer, has soared to the top of his field since the release of his first studio album in June, 2010. Stereotypically, most rappers come out of America’s mean urban streets. Drake was born (1986) and raised in an affluent Toronto neighborhood, the son of a white, Canadian, Jewish mother and an African-American father. His parents split when he was he was 5 years old and he was raised mostly by his mother (spending summers with his dad in Tennessee). When he was 13, like most Jewish boys, he had a bar mitzvah. From 2001-2009, he was a co-star of the international TV hit, DeGrassi: The Next Generation.