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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?"

The popular American model and TV presenter Ashley Graham has named her new born son Isaac Menelik Giovanni Ervin. Per t...
02/07/2020
American Model Ashley Graham Names Son Menelik After Ethiopian Emperor at Tadias Magazine

The popular American model and TV presenter Ashley Graham has named her new born son Isaac Menelik Giovanni Ervin. Per the entertainment and lifestyle website PopSugar: "As for Menelik, Ashley shared that the couple was inspired when they went to Ethiopia with a friend, and that Menelik was the name of the first emperor of Ethiopia — it means "son of the wise."

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Little Ethiopia, the officially designated neighborhood in Los Angeles since 2002, is a hub of Ethiopian culture and foo...
02/03/2020
10 Best Restaurants in LA’s Little Ethiopia at Tadias Magazine

Little Ethiopia, the officially designated neighborhood in Los Angeles since 2002, is a hub of Ethiopian culture and food in Southern California. In the following feature the dining website Eater.com highlights ten restaurants from the neighborhood: "For nearly 30 years now, the stretch of Fairfax Avenue between Olympic and Whitworth has been home to Little Ethiopia, and the second-largest concentration of Ethiopian emigres in the United States after Washington, D.C. And though the neighborhood has gone through changes over the decades, it remains a vibrant cultural center with an annual street festival, a host of art galleries, antique shops, and a rich dining scene. Naturally, most of the restaurants in this neighborhood serve traditional Ethiopian cuisine but even that is beginning to evolve. From a soulful take on Ethiopian home-cooking that received a nod from the Michelin Guide, to a completely vegan Ethiopian restaurant, to a modern take on old school Italian food, here are 10 must-visit restaurants in Little Ethiopia."

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The Hill Center Galleries in Washington D.C. is currently showcasing a sensational exhibit titled ‘The Jazz Experience’ ...
01/30/2020
Sofia Kifle and the Jazz Experience: Go See the Music! at Tadias Magazine

The Hill Center Galleries in Washington D.C. is currently showcasing a sensational exhibit titled ‘The Jazz Experience’ curated by visual artist Sofia Kifle in collaboration with her brother, Gediyon Kifle, who is a photographer. For Sofia, her latest exhibit fuses together her two lifelong passions - music and art. Having arrived in America in the early 1980s to pursue a college degree, and encouraged by her mother to major in business, Sofia enrolled at Mary Baldwin University in Virginia. Sofia recalled struggling through her first two years in her technical studies until she chose to enroll in a theatre course, which re-ignited her interest in the creative arts. “Growing up in Ethiopia I had been inspired by my uncle, Fasil Dawit, who is an artist. I was always keen on learning more from him. But with family members who stressed the importance of getting a practical education, I initially put aside my creative interests,” Sofia shares. Once she started focusing on her theatre studies and also taking elective courses in studio art Sofia became more certain that she wanted to work as a visual artist, and subsequently earning an MFA at Howard University while studying with the late Ethiopian artist Eskinder Bogosian after completing her undergraduate studies as a double-major in Theatre and Arts Management. Read more at Tadias.com »

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Ethio-jazz musician Hailu Mergia has a new album on the way. Titled 'Yene Mircha,' which translates to “my choice” in Am...
01/30/2020
Ethio-jazz Icon Hailu Mergia Announces New Album, Yene Mircha at Tadias Magazine

Ethio-jazz musician Hailu Mergia has a new album on the way. Titled 'Yene Mircha,' which translates to “my choice” in Amheric, the six-track album is due for release on March 27 via Awesome Tapes from Africa. This is Hailu Mergia’s second brand-new studio album with the label. Hailu Mergia is a well-known figure from the label. His 1977 album 'Tche Belew' — recorded with backing band The Walias — was rescued from obscurity by Awesome Tapes in 2014. The label’s reissue campaign granted Mergia an important place in the narrative of Ethio-jazz and popular Ethiopian music. Previously, the multi-instrumentalist migrated to the United States in the 1980s and stopped performing not long after. A growing interest in his music allowed Mergia to tour worldwide and record new music aside from his day job as a taxi driver in Washington D.C. At 74 years old, Mergia appears to be creatively renewed than ever. He’s expanding his sound on Yene Mircha with the help of guest musicians, aside from his newly-established trio with drummer Kenneth Joseph and bassist Alemseged Kebede.

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Ezra Wube's Show titled Project Junction is set to open at The Africa Center in New York City this coming week. "In this...
01/26/2020
Spotlight: Ezra Wube’s New Exhibition ‘Project Junction’ at The Africa Center in NYC at Tadias Magazine

Ezra Wube's Show titled Project Junction is set to open at The Africa Center in New York City this coming week. "In this newly commissioned mixed media installation, Ezra Wube (b. 1980, Ethiopia) constructs a site-specific project that explores food as an expression of collective identity in its ever evolving state," The Africa Center announced. "The installation incorporates animation, painting, prints, and objects." Ezra's new show at The Africa Center — opening on January 30th and remaining on display through August 23rd, 2020 — is a continuation of the New York-based artist's recent and well-received site-specific multi-media digital works in the city including his stop-motion animation produced for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that was displayed last Spring at the Fulton Center. The display had also inspired an interactive arts workshop held in June 2019 at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan. Reflecting on his upcoming exhibition at the Africa Center Ezra says: “Through these layers of connected time and space — the past, the present and the future, the local with the global — I aim to highlight the global assemblage and continuous re-justification of African identities.” Read more at Tadias.com »

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Ruth Negga was dubbed "a star for our time" by Vogue Magazine following her acclaimed performance three years ago in the...
01/17/2020
Spotlight: Ruth Negga as ‘Hamlet’ American Premiere at Tadias Magazine

Ruth Negga was dubbed "a star for our time" by Vogue Magazine following her acclaimed performance three years ago in the groundbreaking civil rights movie 'Loving,' which highlighted the historic 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn anti-miscegenation laws in the United States. The Ethiopian-Irish actress is once again receiving a new round of much-deserved accolades for her mesmerizing current performance as the main character in Hamlet, one of William Shakespeare's most popular plays and significant contributions to the field of theatre and literature. In a review of her role The Guardian had declared: "Ruth Negga plays the Prince with priceless precision." And the Irish version of The Times of London enthused: "Her decision to take on such a task has resulted in a stunning gift for Irish theatregoers." Next month Ruth will make her NYC debut at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse, where Hamlet is scheduled for its American premiere on February 1st and set for a five-week run through March 8th, 2020. Born in Addis Ababa in 1982 and raised in the Ethiopian capital until the age of four before moving with her family to Limerick, Ireland. She has been residing in London for the past decade. As an actress Negga was part of the AMC drama series 'Preacher' prior to her lead role in the feature film 'Loving.' She is currently filming in Los Angeles in the upcoming new Hollywood movie 'Passing.'

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Ayele Solomon grew up drinking homemade t’ej in Ethiopia. He incorporates some of that tradition in his California honey...
01/17/2020
For Ethiopian-Style Honey Wine, Dock at San Francisco’s Ferry Building at Tadias Magazine

Ayele Solomon grew up drinking homemade t’ej in Ethiopia. He incorporates some of that tradition in his California honey-wine production, but brings a more scientific approach. In December, he opened a free-standing tasting bar in a prime San Francisco setting, the Ferry Building. There, he daily pours samples of his four honey wines, one each dry and sweet, one each still and sparkling, inspired by the honey-wine tradition of his native Ethiopia, all under the brand Bee D’Vine. Honey wine is a more universal way to describe the beverage and to indicate its stylistic sweep, he says. It also is the term used in Ethiopia, where it traditionally is known as t’ej... From Ethiopia, he and his family migrated to Kenya and then to the United States, settling in the Bay Area in the mid-1980s. After earning a degree in environmental economics at UC Berkeley, he returned to Africa. There, his work as a conservationist — fostering economic opportunities for indigenous residents of the mountainous rain forest of Kafa in southwestern Ethiopia — reintroduced him to honey wine. -- The San Francisco Chronicle

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Traveling to the British town of Bath has become a pilgrimage of sorts for people of Ethiopian heritage. When Ethiopian ...
01/17/2020
Members of Ethiopian Diaspora Gather at British Home of Former Emperor (VOA) at Tadias Magazine

Traveling to the British town of Bath has become a pilgrimage of sorts for people of Ethiopian heritage. When Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie had to go into exile, he landed in Bath. The town, about 145 kilometers west of London, hosted the emperor from 1936 to 1940. When the Italians under Benito Mussolini invaded Ethiopia in 1935, Haile Selassie, was forced to temporarily go in exile in Britain. He lived in Bath at Fairfield House, which also hosted his family, closest confidants and entourage. Ezra Tsegay is part of the Ethiopian diaspora community and organizes Ethiopian-related events several times a year at Fairfield House. “We feel privileged that we are continuing a historical tradition,” Ezra said. “And I think it's a good thing that the emperor's name is remembered and the place is in use. And we feel very attached to the place emotionally.” An estimated 90,000 people of Ethiopian heritage live in Britain. Most are based in London. After the Italians were driven out, Haile Selassie returned to Ethiopia, and ruled the country until he was deposed in 1974. He died in 1975.

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Ethiopian American singer and songwriter Meklit Hadero was one of the artists invited to perform at the 2020 Globalfest ...
01/17/2020
Spotlight: Meklit at Globalfest, NYC Showcase of World Music at Tadias Magazine

Ethiopian American singer and songwriter Meklit Hadero was one of the artists invited to perform at the 2020 Globalfest concert in New York City. This past weekend, on Sunday January 12th, New York City's annual Globalfest returned for its 17th edition at the legendary Manhattan nightclub Copacabana and the San Francisco-based artist Meklit Hadero was among the eclectic lineup of international performances. "Meklit, a songwriter who was born in Ethiopia but grew up in the United States, sang in English but reached back to modal Ethiopian funk for her songs. Her band included the snappy rhythms of a tupan, a large drum used in the Balkans and Turkey; her lyrics promise cosmic unity, insisting, “Everything that we are was made in a supernova.”

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While gearing up to celebrate their 15th annual Women of Power Summit the African-American-owned multimedia company, Bla...
01/13/2020
Black Enterprise Honors Amsale Aberra at Tadias Magazine

While gearing up to celebrate their 15th annual Women of Power Summit the African-American-owned multimedia company, Black Enterprise, recognized the late fashion designer Amsale Aberra as a prior BE Legacy Award winner. Sharing 15 memorable moments from prior Women of Power Summits, which honors the achievements of phenomenal American women, Amsale was featured as a fashion designer and entrepreneur alongside a list of women including Michelle Obama and Kamala Harris. Black Enterprise noted that Amsale Aberra was honored with its Women of Power Legacy award in 2012. Amsale, who passed away in 2018, was one of the leading bridal fashion designers in America. She was born and raised in Ethiopia and immigrated to the United States in the 1970s. She is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York and subsequently launched her couture bridal brand in 1986. Ten years later, she opened her flagship salon on Madison Avenue here in NYC in 1996. Amsale was a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), a Trustee and alum of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), and served on the international advisory board of the Ethiopian Children’s Fund.

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The American rapper Ysiin Bey, better known by his stage name Mos Def,  has a new album out called 'Negus" that's also a...
01/03/2020
Art Talk: Prince Alämayyähu, Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou & Julie Mehretu Featured in Yasiin Bey NYC Exhibit ‘Negus’ at Tadias Magazine

The American rapper Ysiin Bey, better known by his stage name Mos Def, has a new album out called 'Negus" that's also accompanied by a visual art exhibition, which opened in November at the Brooklyn Museum and runs through January 26th. Forbes magazine notes that the art show is 'the only way to hear bey’s latest record, which comprises eight new tracks and original music by the celebrated Ethiopian pianist Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou, a 96-year-old nun. And the exhibit includes works by bey as well as Ala Ebtekar, Julie Mehretu and José Parlá. The word 'Negus' is Amharic for 'king,' but as Forbes states, "for bey, the term applies to all those who have led “noble” lives, but he cites a few in particular: Alämayyähu Tewodros, an Ethiopian prince who committed suicide in 1879, at age 18, after his father was killed and he was sent to be raised in Britain, where he was among very few Ethiopians in the country at that time; Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman who died of cervical cancer at age 31 and whose biopsies would provide the basis for major advances in cancer research in the mid-20th Century; and the rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle, who was shot to death outside his Marathon Clothing store in South Los Angeles earlier this year."

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As we close the year we wish our readers around the world a happy and prosperous new year! Below is our annual list of t...
12/30/2019
Tadias 10 Arts & Culture Stories of 2019 at Tadias Magazine

As we close the year we wish our readers around the world a happy and prosperous new year!

Below is our annual list of the top 10 Arts & Culture stories featured on our website in 2019.

Maaza Mengiste's New Novel 'The Shadow King'

Maaza Mengiste's new novel 'The Shadow King' was released this year to enthusiastic and well-deserved reviews by several national media organizations including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and NPR. As our readers know, Maaza is one of our favorite Ethiopian-American writers and her latest work brings to light the seldom-told role of heroic Ethiopian women during World War II and Ethiopia's legendary victory against fascist occupation forces. We can't agree more with NPR that "the star of the novel, however, is Maaza's writing, which makes The Shadow King nearly impossible to put down." As Time Magazine noted, naming 'The Shadow King' on their list of 100 must read books of 2019: "Maaza Mengiste tells an unforgettable story steeped in the history of her home country. Hirut, an orphan, works as a maid subjected to the oppressive impulses of men -- until she steps up to become a war hero, helping to defend Ethiopia against Mussolini’s invasion in 1935, a precursor to World War II. The Shadow King is a propulsive read that captures a historical moment from a fresh perspective, speaking to timeless themes about women’s power and oppression and the cost of war."

Read the full list at Tadias.com »

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Entrepreneur, Educator and Storyteller, Nesanet Teshager Abegaze, will be screening her short film entitled “Bereka” at ...
12/23/2019
Nesanet Teshager Abegaze’s Film “Bereka” Goes to Sundance 2020 Festival at Tadias Magazine

Entrepreneur, Educator and Storyteller, Nesanet Teshager Abegaze, will be screening her short film entitled “Bereka” at the Sundance 2020 Festival in January. Held annually in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sundance is considered America’s largest independent film festival and takes place this coming year from January 23rd to February 2nd, 2020. This past August “Bereka” was screened at the BlackStar Film Festival in Philadelphia where it won the Best Experimental Film award. Named after the third round of the traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony, “Bereka” is a heart-stopping experimental film sharing a family’s sudden departure from Gondar, Ethiopia and the triumphant return of grandchildren to their ancestral home. Asked about how she developed the concept and narration of her short film, Nesanet shared that she had been recording audio as part of a family archive project through the years and had also begun to add footage when the idea for this short came to the forefront of her mind. “The whole film came together in a very organic way,” she said.

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