) – As we wrap up the year and review the contributions in the area of literature, fine arts, film, music and enterprunership, I can’t help but notice that it has been a year of rejuvenation for arts and popular culture among the Ethiopian Diaspora — from the publication of Dinaw Mengestu’s , this year was packed with big achievements and new beginnings. As he put it succinctly during a recent interview, “It’s less about trying to figure out how you occupy these two cultural or racial boundaries and more about what it’s like when you are not particularly attached to either of these two communities.” The new book follows the author’s highly successful début novel I couldn’t help but lose and find myself in each of Julie’s Mehretu’s paintings at the Guggenheim Museum earlier this year.As you may notice, there are many other great stories that are not noted here. She is not only one of the most admired American female artists, but also the most high-priced Ethiopian born artists of all time.He received a huge boost when influential film-maker Jim Jarmusch used his music for his 2005 film compilation, one of the most unlikely best-sellers of the last decade.
The press release adds: “Chef Samuelsson — co-owner of New York’s critically acclaimed Red Rooster Harlem — embodies America’s extraordinarily rich cultural diversity.Her work ‘Untitled 1’ sold for $US1,0022,500 at Sotheby’s in 2010.Her collection of semiabstract works displayed at the Guggenheim was inspired by “a multitude of sources, including historical photographs, urban planning grids, modern art, and graffiti, and explores the intersections of power, history, dystopia, and the built environment, along with their impact on the formation of personal and communal identities.” I have my fingers crossed this will be the first Ethiopian film that will win the Oscars.Below are photos from the 2017 Hub of Africa Fashion Week: ) – Per New York Magazine: “After starring in 2009′s Desert Flower, model Liya Kebede continues her crossover into film.Her latest oeuvre is an arty online video directed by Jennifer Elster, which features Debra Winger, Terrence Howard, Rufus Wainwright, Yoko Ono, and other actors and artists trudging through empty woodlands and wondering aloud things like, “What do we want? ” Titled In the Woods, the film will be released in small segments on Elsner’s website, ” You can watch the clip here. Dinaw Mengestu’s ‘How To Read The Air’ notes, the young writer – who was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – populates his novels “by exiles, refugees, émigrés and children of the African diaspora…” This book, of course, goes far beyond the Ethiopian American experience, even though Dinaw does extremely well in this regard as well.