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…

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…

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…

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!