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Tadias is a New York-based news & profiles magazine tailored towards the Ethiopian-American community. Established in 2003, Tadias Magazine's combination of journalistic excellence and engaged readership offers an exciting gateway to one of the fastest-growing, most educated and wealthiest African Diaspora populations in the United States. Our original content features breaking-news, events, videos, interviews, sports, arts, entertainment, personality profiles, celebrity highlights, as well as opinions and editorials. We also provide content from major news networks that are pertinent to our audience. Tadias also serves as a medium of communication for those who have academic, business, professional or personal interest in the Ethiopian-American community. The word Tadias is a popular casual greeting among Ethiopians. It means "hi," "what's up?" or "how are you?"

Abraha Taeme, who is in a refugee camp near Tripoli in Libya, has a bachelor's degree in theater arts from a university ...
05/15/2019
Ethiopia- Eritrea Filmmaker Refugee Stuck in Libya Amid Raging Civil War at Tadias Magazine

Abraha Taeme, who is in a refugee camp near Tripoli in Libya, has a bachelor's degree in theater arts from a university in Ethiopia, and he has been sending out desperate calls for help through Facebook to whoever may listen to his plea. His heart-wrenching messages was recently forwarded to Tadias by an American filmmaker in California who happened to be researching human trafficking in the region and befriended Abraha through Facebook messenger. Last month around 146 asylum-seekers arrived in Italy as part of a U.N.-backed humanitarian evacuation from Libya. But Abraha was not among them and his Facebook friend Flip Webster of Jurupa Valley, California hopes that Ethiopian or the Eritrean government will step in to help or international media agencies like Voice of America could try to locate him. Webster said Abraha is originally from Eritrea. "I am a refuge from Ethiopia (Addis Abeba) I was a film maker, I have BA Degree in Theater Arts," Abraha wrote to Webster. "I was working with a lot of governmental and non-governmental organizations during my stay in Ethiopia." He added: "I had my own theater and film company. Unfortunately right now I am here. What are my hopes? I spent two solid years here in Libya in a warehouses owned by smugglers. They hit us, gave us small portion of meal two times a day, no medication, even sun light was luxury."

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Ethiopia's request to repatriate the remains of Prince Alemayehu is once again being rebuffed by England. The young Prin...
05/12/2019
UK Kidnapped this Ethiopian Prince in 1868, Still Refuses to Return His Remains at Tadias Magazine

Ethiopia's request to repatriate the remains of Prince Alemayehu is once again being rebuffed by England. The young Prince was kidnapped by British soldiers following the Battle of Maqdala 150 years ago and transported to England along with tons of stolen Ethiopian treasures. "The Queen has sparked a diplomatic row after refusing to allow the bones of a ‘stolen’ Ethiopian prince buried in the grounds of Windsor Castle to be repatriated," the Daily Mail reported. "Prince Alemayehu was brought to England after his father, Emperor Tewodros II, killed himself as British forces stormed his mountain-top palace in northern Ethiopia in 1868." Prince Alemayehu, who died at the age of 18, eleven years after his kidnapping ordeal, is buried next to St George’s Chapel in Windsor. The Ethiopian government has emphasized that they would stick to their request to return Prince Alemayehu's remains at every opportunity they have to meet with members of the British government.

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A CNN Hero, A Midwife, MeTooEthiopia: 3 Great News Stories You May Have Missed: A CNN Hero from Ethiopia, an award-winin...
05/10/2019

A CNN Hero, A Midwife, MeTooEthiopia: 3 Great News Stories You May Have Missed: A CNN Hero from Ethiopia, an award-wining midwife, and the burgeoning #MeTooEthiopia movement that began as an Instagram post launched by an Ethiopian American activist in the Diaspora are among the timely human-interest stories that have received international coverage this week, but unfortunately has garnered very little media attention in our community. Below are brief summaries and links to each story: http://www.tadias.com/05/10/2019/a-cnn-hero-a-midwife-metooethiopia-3-great-news-stories-you-may-have-missed/

Voice of America (VOA) has been a voice for the voiceless in Ethiopia for many decades, and one of the main people behin...
05/05/2019
Spotlight: Voice of America’s Negussie Mengesha on New Media Freedoms in Ethiopia at Tadias Magazine

Voice of America (VOA) has been a voice for the voiceless in Ethiopia for many decades, and one of the main people behind this effort is Negussie Mengesha, who started out as young reporter then became an editor, Amharic Chief and is now the Director of the Africa division for VOA. In the following video Negussie explains how he fled Ethiopia in the 1970s and became a refugee in Sudan before relocating to the U.S. all because he was unable to practice his profession as a journalist in his home country due to the repressive government at the time. Thanks to the current reforms underway in Ethiopia Negussie was able to return to Ethiopia for the first time in four decades last October. In addition to an emotional visit to his parents' burial grounds, Negussie said one of the highlights of his trip was meeting with PM Abiy Ahmed. "I thanked him for opening up the political space and for allowing the media to operate freely," Negussie said. "That meeting for me was very, very important." As to VOA he said: "This place is more than a workplace for me, it's like my family. I started out as reporter, then became a senior editor, then became the Amharic Chief."

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A Washington, DC area hiring firm, FAAZ Consulting, is apologizing to the Ethiopian community for its recent offensive j...
05/04/2019
DC Area U.S. Firm FAAZ Apologizes for ‘No Ethiopians’ Need Apply Job Posting at Tadias Magazine

A Washington, DC area hiring firm, FAAZ Consulting, is apologizing to the Ethiopian community for its recent offensive job posting that appeared on LinkedIn declaring in all capital letters that "no Ethiopians and no Federal government employees" need apply for the position. The job placement that has since been taken down had shocked many Ethiopians and created a firestorm on social media. Contacted by Tadias Magazine the company's owner Fatima Ali was profusely apologetic and stating that the announcement was a blunder by a rookie employee. Ali also denied that the posting was made at the request of the firm's client as indicated in the job description that was seeking qualified SharePoint developers. "Only apply if you are a SharePoint developer with strong .NET experience," the job posting had stated. "Please no Ethiopians and no Federal government employees as per client." "This posting was a mistake by a new team member which didn't go through proper internal review," Ali told Tadias. "The information contained in the posting negates the values we stand by." She added: "I would personally like to apologize to each one of those who have been inadvertently affected by this mistake. We would further investigate internally to understand how it happened and would take appropriate disciplinary action to ensure that such unfortunate mistakes never happen again."

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Photographer Chester Higgins was honored by the Ethiopian School Readiness Initiative in New York city on Monday night. ...
05/02/2019
Photos: Chester Higgins Honored by Ethiopian School Readiness Initiative at Tadias Magazine

Photographer Chester Higgins was honored by the Ethiopian School Readiness Initiative in New York city on Monday night. The former New York Times photographer who is a close friend of the Ethiopian community is behind some of the most spectacular photos of Ethiopia captured by an international photographer in the last five decades, which include his timeless images of Lalibela, beautiful portraits of people in the Omo region, as well as enduring profiles of Emperor Haile Selassie and the late Poet Laureate of Ethiopia Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin. In an article a few years ago, The New York Times lens blog noted that Chester “first went to Ethiopia in 1973, prompted by news that African heads of state were gathering for an Organization of African Unity meeting in Addis Ababa. On that trip, he met and photographed the emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, and other heads of state. Taken by the calm sense of self he found among the Ethiopian people, he returned the following year to see other parts of the country." Chester never stopped going back. Below are photos from the event celebrating his work on Monday night:

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Elias Sime is set for his first major traveling U.S. museum exhibition this year starting at Wellin Museum of Art in New...
04/30/2019
Elias Sime Set for Major U.S. Museum Shows in NY, Ohio and Kansas at Tadias Magazine

Elias Sime is set for his first major traveling U.S. museum exhibition this year starting at Wellin Museum of Art in New York in the fall followed by shows at Akron Art Museum in Ohio, the Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City, and the Royal Ontario Museum in Canada. According to organizers the first exhibition at the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College will be held from September 7 through December 8, 2019 and will feature work by the Ethiopian artist spanning over a decade. The exhibit entitled ‘Elias Sime: Tightrope’ includes "a large outdoor site-specific sculpture, created out of repurposed computer parts, electrical wires, bronze and clay." Elias' latest body of work titled 'Noiseless' is also currently on display at the at James Cohan Gallery in New York City. As the Wellin Museum notes, “Elias Sime (b. 1968 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) is a multi-disciplinary artist who lives and works in Addis Ababa. He is highly regarded as an artist and as the co-founder of the ZOMA Museum, the only contemporary art museum in Addis Ababa, with curator and anthropologist Meskerem Assegued.”

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Elias Sime is back in New York City with a new exhibition called Noiseless that opens at James Cohan gallery today and r...
04/27/2019
Noiseless: Elias Sime’s New Exhibition in NYC Opens Today at Tadias Magazine

Elias Sime is back in New York City with a new exhibition called Noiseless that opens at James Cohan gallery today and remains on display through June 29th. This is the Ethiopian artist's third solo multidisciplinary exhibition at the gallery. "Elias Sime creates intricate, wall-mounted works on a monumental scale from discarded technological components—including salvaged motherboards and electrical wires—that have traveled from far-reaching locations across the globe to his hometown of Addis Ababa," the press release stated. "NOISELESS features ten new large scale works from Sime’s "Tightrope" series, which demonstrate the breadth and dexterity of the artist’s practice. The exhibition’s title is a reference to the creative space of free association engendered by silence."

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Currently, an estimated 75% of Africa’s population is under the age of 35. And in Ethiopia — where the 2nd Annual Pa...
04/24/2019
Pan African Youth Forum Kicks Off in Ethiopia With an Eye on Continental Demographic Shift at Tadias Magazine

Currently, an estimated 75% of Africa’s population is under the age of 35. And in Ethiopia — where the 2nd Annual Pan African Youth Forum got underway today at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa — the median age is 18 with 60% of the population below the age of 25. More than 40% of Ethiopia’s population is under the age of 15. This could either be an opportunity or a problem depending on how well each country on the continent is preparing its youth for the future. Most of the world's population growth in the next 40-50 years is expected to come from Africa, and Ethiopia will be a large part of the growth. "From a demographic point of view, this calls for a paradigm shift towards the recognition and support of the youth to harness their potential by building capacity for quality education and skills improvement, health and well-being, good governance, human rights and accountability, employment opportunities, leadership skills, empowerment and entrepreneurship," notes The African Union Commission, which is hosting the forum in Ethiopia this week.

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Addis Abeba’s City Administration just shared its new vision for a city library and it’s impressive.  In a recent tw...
04/23/2019
Spotlight: Addis Abeba’s Vision of New City Library at Tadias Magazine

Addis Abeba’s City Administration just shared its new vision for a city library and it’s impressive. In a recent tweet by Addis Standard, a brief video of the library plan reveals the project as scheduled to be built across from the Parliament building and situated on approximately 38,000 square meters of land. The city library is slated to have theater halls and meeting spaces as well as include an adult and children’s library sections.

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Dexter Story's new album features mesmerizing collaborations with diverse artists including Kibrom Birhane, Sudan Archiv...
04/22/2019
Music: Dexter Story’s ‘Bahir’ Featuring Hamelmal Abate is Tribute to Ethiopia at Tadias Magazine

Dexter Story's new album features mesmerizing collaborations with diverse artists including Kibrom Birhane, Sudan Archives, Haile Supreme, Hamelmal Abate and Endeguena Mulu -- One of the most captivating songs on Dexter Story's latest album 'Bahir' is called 'Shuruba,' which is performed by the award-winning Ethiopian singer Hamelmal Abate. "The songs are informed by my recent graduate studies on Africa and Ethnomusicology, and they feature vocalists and musicians whom I deeply respect and admire," says Dexter who is a student at UCLA. In a recent interview with Afropunk the American musician also named Tilahun Gessesse, Bezunesh Bekele, Asnaketch Worku and Mahmoud Ahmed as some of his artistic influences. "In light of the recent plane fatalities in Ethiopia and our nation's focus building walls as opposed to bridges, I hope that Bahir touches hearts and brings a small measure of peace and healing to these challenging times," Dexter added. "I am humbled by the positive response it has gotten and am grateful to everyone who has taken a moment to listen."

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It’s All About Life’: Ethiopia’s Newest Art Museum Doubles as an Experiment in Environmental Sustainability. When ...
04/22/2019
Artnet News on Ethiopia’s Zoma Museum at Tadias Magazine

It’s All About Life’: Ethiopia’s Newest Art Museum Doubles as an Experiment in Environmental Sustainability. When the Zoma Museum’s co-founders, curator Meskerem Assegued and architect Elias Sime, decided to build a museum in their home city 20 years ago, they knew they didn’t want it to be just another brick-and-mortar building with statement architecture. “As high-rise concrete and glass buildings are crowding the city with fewer and fewer green spaces, Elias and I felt strongly [about building] a large museum with huge garden where city dwellers can be connected to nature,” says Assegued, who is the museum’s director as well as an anthropologist. To that end, the Zoma Museum, which opened its doors on March 23, is a low-lying, eco-sensitive arts center with farming plots, herb gardens, grazing animals, and traditional Ethiopian houses for artist residencies, workshops, and exhibitions. A small family of cows lives in an on-site stable, their dairy production supervised by a previous landowner. In short, it’s a haven.

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Selemawit Tefera Kelbessa -- a former Ethiopian airlines hostess who had moved to the U.S. three years ago — was the v...
04/16/2019
Spotlight: #MeTooEthiopia “Assault is a Crime, not a Culture” at Tadias Magazine

Selemawit Tefera Kelbessa -- a former Ethiopian airlines hostess who had moved to the U.S. three years ago — was the victim of a heinous acid attack by one of her roommates in Maryland in 2018, and this past week she killed herself after having been hospitalized for nearly a year. This heartbreaking news reveals the pervasive gender-based violence that remains underreported by media outlets both in Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Diaspora. However, a new and bold movement fueled by young grassroots activists has created an online platform under the hashtag “MeTooEthiopia" along with the unequivocal tagline: “Assault is a Crime, not a Culture." Accompanied with poignant photos and illustrations on its website the #MeTooEthiopia movement collects and shares witness testimonials that narrate the gut-wrenching processes of dealing with life-long trauma as a result of experiencing gender-based violence. The hope in this work is to break the silence around gender-based violence and prevent similar tragedies moving forward.

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Worknesh Degefa had never set foot on the Boston Marathon course before she toed the start line in Hopkinton, Massachuse...
04/16/2019
Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa Wins Boston Marathon at Tadias Magazine

Worknesh Degefa had never set foot on the Boston Marathon course before she toed the start line in Hopkinton, Massachusetts on Monday morning. It didn’t stop the 28-year-old Ethiopian from conquering it on her first trip down the famed route Degefa broke away from the rest of the field early and ran alone for the last 20 miles to win the women’s Boston Marathon. Degefa crossed the finish line in Boston’s Back Bay in a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes, 31 seconds. She is the eighth Ethiopian woman to win the race, and the third in seven years. “Winning the Boston Marathon is super special to me,” Degefa said. “Even though I’d never seen the course before, last year I watched all the marathon coverage. I kept that in my mind.”

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All smiles - Gelete Burka after winning the Paris Marathon.  Ethiopia’s Abrha Milaw and Gelete Burka prevailed at the ...
04/14/2019
Ethiopia Runners Sweep Paris Marathon at Tadias Magazine

All smiles - Gelete Burka after winning the Paris Marathon. Ethiopia’s Abrha Milaw and Gelete Burka prevailed at the Schneider Electric Paris Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road race, whose 43rd edition took place on Sunday (14). The women’s race was as fierce as expected...Gelete Burka, who was the fastest woman in the field, lived up to her favourite’s role to capture her second marathon victory in 2:22:47.

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Amsale New York unveiled its Spring 2020 collections during Bridal Fashion Week on Friday, April 12th in New York City. ...
04/14/2019
In Pictures: Amsale Spring 2020 Bridal Runway Show at Tadias Magazine

Amsale New York unveiled its Spring 2020 collections during Bridal Fashion Week on Friday, April 12th in New York City. The wedding brand that was launched by the late Ethiopian-American fashion designer Amsale Aberra, who passed away last year, also announced the launch of its new ecommerce website as well as the Amsale Retailer Partner Program and the incorporation of 3-D technology into its design and development process. "The newly debuted program is a revolutionary app-driven initiative to reward brick-and-mortar retailers with their fair share of ecommerce revenue and align the interest of the stores, the bride and the brand to ensure that the consumer has a seamless and convenient shopping experience," the company said in a press release. The Amsale x You collection was among the latest designs featured at the Spring 2020 runway show as well as online.

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