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Tuesday December 12th 2017

‘The Lounge’ Archives

MLK’s Dream: An Ethiopian’s Perspective

MLK’s Dream: An Ethiopian’s Perspective

By Tewodros Abebe, Via Art-topia: Although I was familiar with the name Martin Luther King, Jr. during my teenage years in Ethiopia, I never had a full understanding of either the man’s fascinating story or the level of his greatness. That understanding came to me during my undergraduate years at an American college. As a young student who had [...]

City Makeover: Addis Ababa Edition

City Makeover: Addis Ababa Edition

From, The Economist: AMHARIC has no precise word for architecture, but it needs one. Ethiopia’s capital, founded by Emperor Menelik II in 1886, now has 4.6m people but that figure may well double by 2020. Dirk Hebel of Addis Ababa’s revamped architecture school says that “the first thing we do is to sit down with the students for a day [...]

Ethiopia, The Remain of Volksvagen

Ethiopia, The Remain of Volksvagen

by Matt Gibbs, ColorfulTimes: It remains an odd sight to see an old Volksvagen beetle motorcar trundling around Addis Ababa. “Odd,” simply because I associate them with the swinging sixties, a relic of my parents’ generation. “Remains,” because they have been in the country for some time and yet still seem out of place – contrary [...]

The Ethiopian Flag: Stop putting political symbols on it

The Ethiopian Flag: Stop putting political symbols on it

by Teddy Fikre, BrownCondor.com: I know I am about to wade into potentially explosive debate, one that is strife with tensions on multiple side and could well drag out the worse side of Ethiopian political divides.  With that said, as an Ethiopian who has an affinity for anything that is related to Ethiopia, it goes without saying that I am [...]

Ethiopia’s religious heritage of underground churches

Ethiopia’s religious heritage of underground churches

BBC NEWS: The churches built underground in the Ethiopian town of Lalibela draw tourists from all over the world. Many marvel at just how an army of workers at the end of the 12th Century managed to chisel the 11 churches out of rock. As the BBC's Will Ross reports the people of Lalibela are determined to preserve their religious [...]

Ellias Fullmore: Young Achiever Makin’ It Happen

Ellias Fullmore: Young Achiever Makin’ It Happen

Name:  Ellias “Profit” Fullmore Age:  32 Current Residence:  San Jose, California by Teddy Fikre, BrownCondor.com: Meet Ellias Fullmore, also known as the Profit.  If I could emulate a bit of Ellias’s freestyle form to describe him to you, I would say that he is a man on a mission, to fulfill a vision, who dares to attain his aims [...]

Painting the town: Ethiopian artist enjoys creative stay in Stanford

Painting the town: Ethiopian artist enjoys creative stay in Stanford

By TODD KLEFFMAN amnews.com: Ethiopian artist Tibebe Terffa’s “Corralling Colors” exhibit of paintings completed in Stanford will open Monday at Lincoln County Public Library, 310 N. Third St., Stanford. An artist’s reception will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. STANFORD — As his time in Stanford draws to a close, Tibebe Terffa has more than 20 [...]

The Futility of Ethnic Exceptionalism

The Futility of Ethnic Exceptionalism

by Teddy Fikre, BrownCondor.com: As an Ethiopian, and a person of the African Diaspora in general, it saddens me to see my people–our people–keep routing for our individual differences instead of coming together for our collective enrichment. I don’t know about you, but hollering about my culture, trying to earn distinction as a child of [...]

Addis Ababa Ethiopia, One of the World’s Cheapest Cities for US Expats

Addis Ababa Ethiopia, One of the World’s Cheapest Cities for US Expats

by Daniel Kraig, Ground Report.com: Did you know that Addis Ababa is one of the least expensive places to live for expatriates? According to a recent survey conducted by Mercer on cost of living, it was found that Addis Ababa ranked 208 out of 214 cities around the world. This report puts Luanda, capital of Angola, as the most expensive city in [...]

Interview with Global Hip Hop Scholar Elias Aba Milki (Addis Tunes)

Interview with Global Hip Hop Scholar Elias Aba Milki  (Addis Tunes)

ADDIS TUNES: Elias Aba Milki (aka Japi) is the winner of a $25,000 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which will allow him to spend a year of independent exploration and travel - most notably through South Africa, Brazil and Uganda to examine hip hop and its global impact.  Before beginning his odyssey, Japi was kind enough to sit down with us to [...]

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