Class Continuum on the Feast of the Trinity

As I get older, everything reminds me of a memory. The infectious laughter that consumed the men’s table apropos our low social standing. The flicker of shame -quickly masked on my friend’s face.  And most of all, my own moral cowardice which wouldn’t let me rebuke the offenders/console my friends. There’s a lot to unpack…

Atlanta’s Ethiopian Nightlife

Uber driver; was it a fun night? Me; started off so- Unable to express Ethiopian nightlife, I smiled wanly. The female uber driver acknowledged my defeated slouch with an empathetic nod. But non Ethiopian/Eritrean women could only emphatize with half of it. I love Ethiopian music, I like to dance and I enjoy meeting new…

An Ethiopian “Love”: Resolution

Deep in bereavement, I wrote this Frenzied Love piece as a mea culpa of sorts.  I was inconsolable after my first Ethiopian boy jilted me. His apathetic departure shook my self-esteem to the point where I rehashed all our interactions. For weeks, I would slip into mental jaunts at work/home/car; wondering what I had done to…

Lambadina- Ethiopian Film

This was my first Ethiopian movie premiere. I came of my own volition; enticed by the premise of diaspora themes and assured by the film festival accolades. By the end of the movie, I had only one feeling- relief. I was relieved that my non Ethiopian co worker had bailed and that I was finally…

Ramriddlz- Sweeterdreams review

Ramriddlz, Toronto’s self-proclaimed Sweetestman dropped his 3rd project Sweeterdreams. In its entirety, Sweeterdreams chronicles mercurial tides of modern love. The imperceptible mawkishness seems to have freed Ram from the abrasive side of Dancehall as Ramy gives nods to the pop anthems that influenced our childhood. The thematic change is abridged by Ram skillfully lacing his…

Return of the King.

As a first generation Ethiopian American I see my community aligning themselves not with the Ethiopia of the present but with the refuse of the Ethiopian Monarchy. Beyond donning the Monarchy’s flag, most of how it plays up is elusive, say our lethargy to understand current Ethiopian political system to our subtle disregard of the…

SOS! Abysmal Ethiopian News Coverage.

Amid the deep economic, political and social debates surfacing in Ethiopia, FGE  (“First Generation Ethiopians”) are severed from the discourse. Like most social change movements, the Ethiopian youth- underemployed, unemployed and idyllic have been sharing their grievances. Across the pond, we (the FGE), siphon through an incoherent, uncredible and at best shallow coverage of our…

The odds are in our favor

Unlike our Black/African American family – diaspora Africans have a traceable connection to the homeland. As evidenced by President Obama’s path, this is an advantage!