May 8th marked a special moment in Tadias' brief history. Members of the New California Media - a consortium of ethnic organizations were hosted by Tadias magazine at Zeni's Ethiopian Restaurant in San Jose, California. It was delightful to see publishers, radio and other personalities enjoying a taste of Ethiopian cuisine as they discussed business, finance, and the future of ethnic representation in mainstream American media. A few weeks later our previous article on Little Ethiopia got picked up by Pacific News Service and the Sacramento Journal revealing to us the power of networking. We've included a few images from this successful event and would especially like to thank Zeni's for their support.

In this issue we've expanded our content base to include a grassroots section. 'Grassroots' focuses on individuals of exceptional creative calibur or organizations which have created practical humanitarian solutions to improve thousands of lives. Our feature story in this new section, 'U.S. Doctors for Africa,' is an inspirational narrative of one Ethiopian's vision to transfer the surplus of medical knowledge and practice to places in Africa where it is needed most.

We have also realized that there is a largely untapped artistic potential within the Ethiopian-American community that needs to be better highlighted. To this end our cover story featuring Yonie, a young Ethiopian-American musician, teaches us two lessons: the first in Yonie's own words, is to 'create your own reality and then step into that reality." The second is that success comes in many faces, in the old, the young, and everything in between.

The Team

Tadias in the News











Rising Music Star: Up Close and Personal w/ Yonie

Competition in the music industry is cutthroat and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) acquaints us with less than favorable statistics: out of the estimated 27,000 new record releases that enter the U.S. market each year, only about 7,000 (26%) comprise products made by major labels. Most records never sell enough to cover exorbitant production, promotion, and distribution costs. In fact only 10% reap any real profits. Mount that with the fact that music industry characteristics have changed dramatically since the golden classics era. continued...

Ethiopian Stars in South African Play
Awetu Simesso, an Ethiopian-born actor and a long-time scholar of Africa at Stanford University, starred in a play written by Athol Fugard, Africa's first ever dramatist to be performed at Broadway. First presented in 1992, the drama entitled 'Playland' is set in the Karoo in South Africa continued...


From Tesfa to Tikva: Documenting Lives of Ethiopian Jews by Irene Fertik


2nd Annual Wedding Expo in Washington DC. by Pupa and Danny Davis.

'It Sounds Better in Amharic!' Yossi Vassa and Comedy.


'Zemad's Journey' - New Film by Belay Workeneh.

ESAi: New Generation of Student Leaders

Coming to America by Professor Donald Levine

U.S. Doctors for Africa: Working Towards Alleviating Human Suffering

The Hidden Danger Dangers of Hepatitis B

It's Sunday, right after a church sermon. The smell of frankincense was still lingering in the air when the priest pulled me to the side and asked for my advice about a 21-year-old Ethiopian woman who had been losing weight drastically over the last few weeks. She was complaining of severe right upper side abdominal pain, nausea, loss of appetite, and had yellowish hue in her eyes and skin (jaundice). continued...

Just A Thought: Ethiopia of Myth & Reality

I have a friend who is among a handful of thoughtful people I know. He shows interest and listens to what I say although he is not always in agreement. His comments to me are the reason why I chose to write this essay. While residing in the country of my dreams in 2003, I tried to imagine both the Ethiopia of myth and the Ethiopia of reality. continued...

On Freedom and Slavery by G.E. Gorfu

Nietzsche found that all existing moral ideas might be divided into two broad classes, corresponding to the two broad varieties of human beings - the masters and the slaves. Every man is either a master or a slave, and the same is true of every race. Either it rules some other race or it is itself ruled by some other race. continued...

Second Issue:

Dear Editor,
Thank you for sending me the second issue of TADIAS (March/April 2003). I very much enjoyed reading the articles; I read them all. It is clear that TADIAS is serving as an important voice to Ethiopian-Americans and the Ethiopian community at large. I congratulate you for your vision and concrete positive contribution to the Ethiopian community.

Professor Ayele Bekerie
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Dear Tadias,
I live in Atlanta and I just purchased and read your magazine. I love it. I think it is great that young Ethiopian professionals speak out about living in America. I moved to the U.S. at an early age and I can relate to most of the issue that are covered in your magazine. Keep up the great work and I look forward to your next issue!

Atlanta, Georgia


Cover: The Story of Marcus Samuelson

Dear Editor,
Thank you for your very enjoyable article about Marcus Samuelsson. As an avid amateur cook, I have followed the career of Marcus Samelsson, mostly in American and European publications. As you can imagine, I was very excited to see his face on the cover of your magazine. Thank you for recognizing the accomplishments of this incredible individual. I am glad that the larger Ethiopian community is now aware of what I have known for a long time _ that he (Mr. Samuelsson) is proud of his heritage as an Ethiopian and his humble beginnings as an orphan.

Wossenseged Hailu
Via the Internet

I loved your article about Marcus Samuelsson. I had the great pleasure of dining in his restaurant in New York City. I must concur that he is an amazing cook and a decent human being as well. Although eating at Aquavit is expensive, I encourage Ethiopians to sample his work and show our support in big numbers.

Feven Kiros
Via the Internet