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
Tadias in the News
|Rising Music Star: Up Close and Personal w/ Yonie
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...
New Generation of Student Leaders
Coming to America by Professor Donald Levine
U.S. Doctors for Africa:
Working Towards Alleviating
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).
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.
Freedom and Slavery by G.E. Gorfu
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...
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
Professor Ayele Bekerie
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
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!
Cover: The Story of Marcus Samuelson
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.
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I loved your article about
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.
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