Ethiopians show there’s more than one way to celebrate Christmas

Not feeling the commercialization of Christmas in America? Take a trip to Ethopia. The country’s large Orthodox Christian community traditionally observes the day with fasting and processions, not gift-giving. They also have a different calendar, so they celebrate on January 7, when the rest of us are well into our post-holiday doldrums. Last Saturday’s Ethopian […]
Jan 11, 2012

Gabriel Teodros reps South Seattle diversity with ‘Colored People’s Time Machine’

It’s a late afternoon in San Francisco’s Mission District and Seattle emcee Gabriel Teodros is hard at work shooting a short film. Just a few days ago, he was in Seattle performing at the release party for his second solo album, Colored People’s Time Machine, probably the most anticipated hip-hop album out of the Pacific […]
Jan 28, 2012

Kenya’s got the beans, but the Nairobi coffee culture leaves me missing Seattle

It wasn’t until I moved away from Seattle for the first time that I realized not everyone in the world becomes a coffee junkie by age 15. My memories of growing up in the Pacific Northwest are steeped in coffee. How my Dad took it straight and black as tar and my mom brewed coffee […]
Feb 9, 2012

Beyond the matzo: Finding a global meaning in Passover

When I was growing up, Passover was the holiday where I sat around a table with my family reading the story of our distant ancestors, eating strange food combinations like raw horseradish, herbs dipped in vinegar, and chanting prayers that always seemed too long. It was the week I reluctantly had to explain to all […]
Apr 6, 2012

SIFF film picks from Africa

Of the 460-odd films from 64 different countries playing at SIFF this year, only a thin slice hail from Africa. To be fair to the SIFF programmers, they can only screen the films that get submitted, and only a few African countries have robust film scenes. But c’mon – only 5 features and 4 shorts? […]
May 20, 2012

Dinner with Alma: Stories of family and reunification abroad

There is nothing quite like the stories that unfold when good friends gather to share an honest, home-cooked meal. For this special dinner, I hosted four of my friends to eat, drink and talk about their travels abroad in search of family they have never met. I made vegetables in green curry with coconut milk, […]
Sep 19, 2012

Whidbey import store at least one positive result of the Iraq War

Ten years ago Fred Lundahl quit his job in the foreign service in protest of the Iraq invasion and started a new career running an awesome import shop on Whidbey Island.  
Mar 20, 2013

Women, water and what it means to ‘have it all’

For millions of women and girls in poor countries, collecting water for their families each day is not just a chore—it’s a symbol of gender oppression.
Mar 22, 2013

Archrivals abroad become fast friends in the Northwest

When people from rival nations meet in the Pacific Northwest, do their national grudges hold true?
Jun 11, 2013
Yodit Seyoum places a injera onto a cooling rack at Amy's Merkato in the Central District. (Photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

Ethiopian family keeps Seattle’s best injera top secret

Tasty, versatile and naturally gluten-free, injera is going mainstream. But the bakers at Amy’s Merkato are keeping their recipe close to the vest.
Aug 23, 2013
A still from The Light in Her Eyes, a film about women practicing conservative Islam, which screens in Tacoma next week. (Courtesy of Sundance Institute)

Traveling film fest in NW to spark conversation on global issues

Film Forward, a touring program that will show movies from around the world at various venues in Seattle and Tacoma next week, aims to start conversations about complex global topics.
Aug 30, 2013
206 Zulu founder King Khazm. The organization is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this weekend.

206 Zulu celebrates a decade of universal hip-hop

Seattle hip hop icon King Khazm is ringing in ten years of globally connected hip hop in the 206. #ZuluNation
Feb 13, 2014

In-depth: Globalist apprentices explore Ethiopian-American identity, shellfish contamination

After a year of developing skills in writing, photography, video/audio and reporting for The Seattle Globalist, our youth apprentices are proud to share the following projects with you. These in-depth pieces were dreamed up, designed and reported by each apprentice on a topic they are passionate about. Now equipped with some serious reporting skills, we know these young […]
Jul 28, 2014
Mulugeta Abate, chef at Lovage restaurant on 1st Avenue. (Video still by Aida Solomon)

I AM ETHIOPIA: The fusion flavors of chef Mulugeta Abate

The second installment of Globalist Apprentice Aida Solomon's series "I AM ETHIOPIA" profiles a Seattle chef who's redefining his culture's cuisine.
Aug 5, 2014
(Image by Mintwab Zemeadim)

I AM ETHIOPIA: The cross-cultural vision of photographer Mintwab Zemeadim

The final installment of Globalist Apprentice Aida Solomon's series "I AM ETHIOPIA" profiles an artist who's recasting mainstream media images of her home country.
Aug 13, 2014
A Water 1st supporter sporting a shirt that says the name of the organization in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia. (Photo by Aida Solomon)

For international aid orgs, an added challenge of getting immigrants involved

Seattle has a huge global aid sector, and a big immigrant population. So why aren't they working together more?
Sep 4, 2014
Solomon Dubie at the Rainier Ave mini mart that he plans to convert to an Ethiopian Coffee Shop. (Photo by Colleen McDivett)

Rainier mini-mart owner has plans for Ethiopian cafe

Replacing junk food and beer with coffee and culture.
Jan 13, 2015
Solomon Dubie is raising money to turn his Rainier Mini Mart into a cafe that will serve Ethiopian-style coffee.

Store owner dreams of adding Ethiopian coffee traditions to Seattle’s java scene

“This was one of the first forms of brewed coffee ever, ever. That’s amazing to me,” says Rainier business owner Solomon Dubie.
Feb 12, 2015
Amen Gibreab (right), director of the film Horeta: The Journey Beyond Culture, enjoys a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony performed by Fanaye Debalke at Gojo Ethiopian Restaurant on Aurora Ave. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

How a trip to Ethiopia shattered stereotypes, spurred documentary

After a trip to Ethiopia, a local filmmaker and a group of students are challenging Americans' grim generalizations about Africa.
Feb 20, 2015
Black History Month events and curriculum are mostly oriented toward iconic figures of the American Civil Rights Movement like Martin Luther King, Jr., rather than African history. (Photo by Yoichi R. Okamoto, White House Press Office)

Why my African friends don’t celebrate Black History Month

Should Black History Month have more to do with Africa and African immigrants?
Feb 26, 2015