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Her father is pensive by nature and uncomfortable around other people, and while there’s good will on both sides, his rapport with his daughter is far from effortless. After an awkward encounter with an irritating new monk at their church, he starts skipping services in favor of a weekly brunch with his daughter, and their conversations over eggs and pancakes take on a deep importance to her: “Only at brunch could I see him as someone who would stay.At all other times, I prepared myself for his inevitable departure, after which there would be no more parents: I would be alone.” Read more » — Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.She was raised by her parents, but never both at the same time: Her father walked out while her mother was pregnant, and didn’t return for six years.When he reappeared, her mother promptly abandoned her, and after that the narrator grew up in her father’s basement apartment.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.
This isn’t the Kiriku Brothers first time on television.(Photo: @Maaza Mengiste) Tadias Magazine By Tadias Staff April 11th, 2018 New York (TADIAS) — Ethiopian-American author Maaza Mengiste is one of 17 writers featured in a newly released book by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen entitled was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University.Maaza is also the “writer for the Ethiopia segment of GIRL RISING,” a feature film that tells the stories of 10 extraordinary girls from 10 developing countries around the world.Their 17 contributions are as diverse as their own lives have been, and yet hold just as many themes in common.” The press release added: “These essays reveal moments of uncertainty, resilience in the face of trauma, and a re-imagining of identity, forming a compelling look at what it means to be forced to leave home and find a place of refuge.” In a recent book review The Economist praised Maaza’s essay in the book noting: “The outstanding piece is by Maaza Mengiste, an Ethiopian-American who gives a lyrical, erudite and unsettling reflection on refugees as Lazarus figures whose existence is forever defined by a single miracle.” In 2016 Maaza Mengiste was also one of the featured speakers at PEN World Voices Festival panel discussion in NYC hosted by PEN America highlighting “the responsibility of writers in humanitarian crises” such as what’s taking in many parts of the world today.— Related: The Displaced: Refugee Writers on Refugee Lives (Amazon) Tadias Q & A With Maaza Mengiste Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook.
“Steve Harvey couldn’t believe what was happening on the Little Big Shots stage when Ethiopian duo, The Kiriku Brothers, brought their high-flying act to the show,” Yahoo News enthused.