The Making of Ethiopian ‘Spice Girls’
February is Black History Month, and the US Embassy in Addis Ababa is celebrating it across Ethiopia with cultural and educational events highlighting the contributions of African Americans, and in particular African American women, have made in the fields of music, art, politics and business.
The month’s celebration opened this week by Sweet Honey in the Rock, a noted performance ensemble rooted in African American history and culture. The ensemble together with the Ethiopian musical group Yegna performed to the delight of attendees, reports Henok Reta.
“America was not built for black people,” Akon, a Senegalese-American recording artist, told the Qatar-based Aljazeera news network on the eve of the famous Black History Month. The comment may sound a bit odd coming from an African American; however, his remark came after the US went through a series of riots after an incident in Ferguson, Missouri, a couple of months ago. Following the news that the grand jury would not indict a white police officer for shooting unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, thousands of African-Americans took to the streets protesting the decision.