Rekik Alehegn Makonnen

Dear Readers:
Nearly a year ago today we published our first issue of Tadias Magazine in the hopes of creating a platform of expression and communication for Ethiopians in the United States. Our first call of "Tadias!" elicited many responses from our readers, and the number of subscribers has been growing ever since. We celebrate art and music; we promote social activism; we bring you commentaries on fashion; we help create networks to connect Ethiopian diasporic communities; we provide you with information on business and career opportunities; we explore and learn about our history and place in this world; we bring up issues for discussion that we think should be getting more attention; and we showcase the unique contributions of Ethiopians in America..

That we have survived this long is a clear sign that our readers and advertisers are happy with us and that we are succeeding in our mission to educate and inspire the Ethiopian-American community and beyond. In the past year, several of our articles have been picked up by mainstream American media such as the Pacific News Service and the Sacramento Journal. In fact, Dr. Catherine Hamlin, who we featured as one of our cover stories, recently appeared on the Oprah Show approximately a few weeks after our publication.

Among the articles featured in this issue are the second part of the story of the Rastafari settlement in Shashamane, an informative essay on two socio-economic practices of the Ethiopians, and Loolwa Khazzoom's review on the work of artist Shula Keshet. It gives us great pleasure to announce the introduction of the following new sections: Townbeat, where we highlight past and present events within the Ethiopian-American community in major cities around the U.S.; What's Cooking?, a section by Mahlet (our fashion editor) that will include recipes, profiles of chefs, and perhaps also restaurant reviews; and Aster Yilma's Parents' Corner, where she advises parents on how to raise their children in America. We encourage our readers to send questions and comments about Parents' Corner to advice@tadias.com.

Looking back from the perspective of our first anniversary issue, we hope we have made a positive difference in your lives and we hope you continue to support us. Many of you have written to us with your suggestions, ideas, and criticisms. We welcome those still.















ASTER YILMA: Her Quest to Educate the Youth

Aster Yilma has always been an individual who likes to 'push the envelope'-someone who questions the status quo and believes it is right to ask why. She loves to seek her own answers. "You can't say no to me. I'll prove you wrong" she tells us as we go through an extraordinary list of her professional and charitable accomplishments. But today we focus on her current ambitious project: The Major Ketema Melka Scholarship Fund, and her love of giving. continued...

Alem Hailu's Young and Playful Designs
After living in North Korea, India, Sweden and England, why was Ethiopian born designer Alem Hailu so intent upon basing her final graduate collection on her home country? "Ethiopia is in my blood, it's in my heart," explains the petite 28 year old. "It may sound clich?, but although I may have left Ethiopia at the age of eight, the country certainly didn't leave me. continued...

Ayda Girma: Artist with a Message

All the Way from Hair to There

Dr. Lemma Senbet:
Leader in Finance Studies

Iquib and Idir: Socio-Economic Traditions of the Ethiopians

The Blen Graphix Art Show

Parents' Corner: Advice on Raising Children in America

Artist on a Mission: Shula Keshet

What's Cooking:
From Yeshi's Kitchen

In Memory:
Worku Lakew

Sixth Issue:

Dear Editors,

This is almost the classic case of the “Cart before the Horse.?I picked up a copy of the October/November issue of Tadias at the 1st Year Festivity of Little Ethiopia in Los Angeles, California. I enjoyed almost all the articles therein. I have known about the Fistula Hospital for many years now. With the exposure in Tadias and subsequently on the OPRAH Show, I hope the hospital will accomplish its fund raising goal.

I went to the Greater Washington D.C area since then and visited the Damma Kitfo & Pastry (Diaspora, October/November Issue) . It was more than your billing! I also had the opportunity to meet the ‘Dream Eyed Youngsters of ‘Burntface ?(Speak Out, October/ November Issue) some days before and reading about them gave me added pleasure.

Above all, it was Listening to Children (Opinion, October/November Issue) by Enanu Hailleleul that captivated me most. So much so I made so many copies of it and sent it to friends and families who are trying to bring up their children under the circumstances described in that piece. It is sensibly and sensitively written. The ‘Horse Cart?thing came in because I wrote this letter after having made use of the piece. Better late than never!

I earnestly wish you success as the premier Ethiopian English language publication in the USA!

With Regards

Assefa Chabo
Los Angeles, CA


Dear Publisher,

I’m so proud of you and the rest of the Tadias staff members. In order to publish a magazine such as this, it takes a strong leadership and interpersonal relationship. Writing and organizing a magazine such as Tadias requires vision and an understanding for your community and its culture.

Tadias is like Ebony and Essence to me. It’s the best quality magazine our community ever had. Both genders are represented equally, and I like that. There is no Ethiopia without Ethiopian women. As you know, the participation of women as decision makers is very important. I hope the old generation is learning from the young people like you. You have a long way to go, but you are on the right direction. Keep teaching my brothers and sisters! Good work.

Yeharerwerk Gashaw
Houston, TX

I read the first issue of Tadias while I was in Los Angeles. I enjoyed the articles very much and was very impressed with your coverage of inspiring Ethiopians and the views of non-Ethiopians on our culture. I subsequently got a hold of your other 3 remaining magazines published since the first one, and I have to tell you that you impress me even more. Keep up the good work. Learning about all the Ethiopians throughout the world that are making a difference in one way or another makes us all proud.

I live in Seattle now, and I have just subscribed to your magazine and I will promise to let everyone know about Tadias (that is the least I can do to help you grow). Hopefully one of these days, I, too, might contribute one of my short stories of growing up in Ethiopia.

Sofanit Mulugeta
Seattle, WA

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Special Thanks:

Our warm thanks to Natan Teklemariam for his work on the fashion photo shoot for this issue.

Our deep gratitude goes to the organizers of the 100 years of US-Ethiopia Relations Conference at Stanford University and the One Year Anniversary of Little-Ethiopia Celebration in Los Angeles. Tadias was given visible presence at both events.