First African-American Woman Rabbi

A long-time reader, frequent commenter, and even more frequent “answerer” of Tar Heel trivia postings emailed the following link to me recently:

A black woman’s journey to the rabbinate in North Carolina

In June, Alysa Stanton will become the first African-American woman to be ordained as a rabbi. In August, she will assume her duties at Congregation Bayt Shalom in Greenville, North Carolina, making her the “first African-American rabbi to lead a majority white congregation.”

The Best Barbecue? Barbeque? BBQ? Bar-B-Q? Bar-B-Que?

I just read an entire article on CNN’s website called “Does your state have the best BBQ?” or the “Quest for the best barbecue” and only saw “North Carolina” mentioned once! The entire article could have been just one sentence: “Yes, my state, which is North Carolina, does have the best barbecue.”

The word “Texas” was mentioned way, way too many times.

We live in the Web 2.0 age, so CNN has provided a place for readers to comment, discuss, and argue. Plus, there’s a map showing user-submitted locations for the best barbecue. I’m equally dismayed that only one place in NC has a “red lollipop.” (Four in Tennessee? Seven in Texas? One in Minnesota? One in Massachusetts?) Take a look at the page here: “The Best Barbecue Around.”