Ethiopian born actress Ruth Negga Gets Thumbs-up for Lead Role in Loving

Ethiopian-born actress Ruth Negga is receiving high praises for an Oscar worthy performance in the new British-American feature in Loving, which dramatizes the historic of 1967 US Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in a case called “Loving V. Virginia.” 

Deadline Hollywood reported “it is the story of Mildred and Richard loving, an interracial couple in 60’s Virginia who where arrested and convicted for that state’s anti-miscegenation laws, having married in Washington DC. With the help of Bobby Kennedy and the ACLU, the Lovings took their case the way to the Supreme Court and won; as Ruth Negga says….they changed the constitution with their fight.”

Irish Ethiopian Ruth Negga was born in Addis Ababa in 1982 and raised in Addis Ababa until the age of four before moving with her family to Limerick, Ireland. As an actress Ruth has appearances in the Academy award winning film 12 years a slave as well as the AMC drama series preacher prior to hear lead role in Loving. (Tadias Magazine)

Tunsian artist concert @ Alliance Ethio-Française

Tunisian-born musician Jean-Pierre is scheduled to perform on May 27 at Alliance Ethio-Française. Jean-Pierre (Smadj) grew up listening to Oriental, Brazilian, funk, soul and folk music.

Enrolling a jazz school at the age of 15 due to a passion for guitar, smadj’s musical development came to be characterized by transforming traditional jazz styles into electric sounds.

He also pursued a degree in sound engineering, which led to a fruitful career as a recording and sound engineer for famous classical and folk musicians.

Releasing his first album in 1994, it wasn’t until 2000 Smadj became recognized on an international scale for his signature blending of acoustic and electronic sounds that reached number 4 on the European world music charts.

In 2002, Smadj collaborated with French musician Mehdi Haddab for a special album project. Supporting their triumph of an album with a 2-year world tour, the album also received 2nd place in the best Album category at the prestigious BBC World Music awards.

The Weeknd cancelled scheduled performance on Kimmel because of Trump

Ethio-Canadian R and B singer The Weeknd and rapper Belly have cancelled their performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” because Donald Trump was set to appear on the episode.  The Oscar nominated musicians were slated to record their performance on May 25 in Los Angeles for the late-night ABC show. Belly said he cancelled because he didn’t want to share a stage with Trump and disagrees with presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s views and beliefs. “I feel like the way I was raised was able to see through all the titles in this world-from religion to race.” Belly said in a statement “I just didn’t want to feel like I was part of a celebration for somebody who has beliefs the majority of us don’t agree with.”

Trump has been criticized for his comments on topics including women, refugees, immigrants and Muslims. He called illegal Mexican immigrants “rapists” and called for a ban on Muslims migrating into the United States. (ABC News)

World Class Ballet Dancers in Addis

Eleven world class ballet dancers from America, Australia, Italy, Great

Britain, South Africa, Cuba and Brazil will grace the stages of City Hall and the Ethiopian National Theatre for the first time in Addis Ababa on June 3 and 4. As part of their arrival, there will be workshops for the local dance companies held by Australian choreographer Tim Podesta.

The performance at City Hall is free to invited students from local schools and universities and the performance at the National Theatre on June 4 will be a charity performance with all proceeds going to 'Our Fathers Kitchen, ' a charity that feeds nearly 200 impoverished children, many of whom are HIV positive, on a daily basis.

With the support of the American and the Australian Embassies in Addis Ababa and sponsorship from Jupiter International hotel, BGI, South African company Faxfx, East African Bottling and a handful of private sponsors this event promises to be one of the major cultural events of the year. (Press Release)