The uproar from the horrific murder of 46-year old African American George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25 continues to reverberate globally, as African Americans continue to take to the streets in a stand against racism and police brutality. But in Ethiopia, public expressions of solidarity with marchers in America are few and far between.
The second season of TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way, in which Americans follow their international love stories across the globe and move to foreign countries, premieres on TLC at 8 p.m. EST on Jun. 8. The early premiere was released on TLC GO on May 31, and 90 Day Fiancé fans are already comparing new cast member Ariela—a 28-year-old freelance writer and mom-to-be from Princeton, NJ—and her Ethiopian fiancé, 29-year-old dancer-choreographer Biniyam, to Babygirl Lisa Hamme and Usman Umar from 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days.
Ethiopian-American Kassy Kabede, the New York based private equity guru is increasing his investments in his native country Ethiopia. Cepheus Growth Capital Partners, led by Kabede, has made a significant minority investment in Lion Brands, one of Ethiopia’s largest fast moving consumer goods company. Cepheus is also in the process of raising $100 Fund as it prepares for emerging opportunities in telecoms, banking and services in Ethiopia.
Menna Demessie is the Vice President of Policy Analysis and Research at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. She also serves on the advisory board of APSA’s Congressional Fellowship Program. She talks to Political Science Now about how a Political Science PhD prepared her for her new role
Solomon Ayele is from Ethiopia. He and his family migrated to Kenya and then to the United States, settling in the Bay Area in California in the mid-1980s. After earning a degree in environmental economics at University of California, 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. He brought what he learnt to America. Today, he is a known promoter of Honey Wine and was voted by Food and Wine Magazine in 2019 as a Tastemaker.
The first Ethiopian-American Judge in America, Judge Nina Ashenafi Richardson of Leon County, has been automatically reelected after her lone opponent dropped out, saying the coronavirus crisis made it too difficult to proceed.
Cutting through the chatter of passersby on 18th Street deciding where to eat or waiting in line at Songbyrd, the sound of a saxophone floats from Bossa Bistro + Lounge. It is the first Thursday of the month, and that means Feedel Band is playing. Inside, about 20 people are gathered to see them, some of whom have been coming to Feedel’s shows since the band’s residency first started six years ago.
Every Friday from 2016 until recently in a small, second-floor room of the Crystal City restaurant Enjera, Ethiopian guitarist Selam Seyoum Woldemariam has led his trio through minor key, groove-filled renditions of 20th century Ethiopian songs. For the crowd of mostly 40-something-and-up Ethiopians in attendance, Woldemariam’s catalogue brought back memories of when these tunes were the radio soundtrack to their lives. The band stands on a tiny stage jammed up against a wall, playing their lounge-funky East African jazz for an audience of roughly 50 people who enjoy plates of Ethiopian and Eritrean food with spongy injera or just drink and socialize at tables close by.
Khadija Ali has seen the interpreting side of her language business in Minneapolis drastically decline amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The local governments, universities and health care clinics that used to hire her staff aren’t calling as much as they reduce face-to-face interactions.