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..
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
earnestly wish you success as the premier Ethiopian
English language publication in the USA!
Los Angeles, CA
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.
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.
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.
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.
warm thanks to Natan Teklemariam for his work on the
fashion photo shoot for this issue.
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.