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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Images of Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s tragedies have been in the news for many years. The famines of the 1980s and most recently the country’s brush with war against Islamic fighters in Somalia have given Westerners a tarnished view of this rich country. But, as photographer/Richmonder Emily Taylor saw during her travels, there’s so much more to this African country. For instance, did you know that coffee and reggae music originated in Ethiopia? Taylor hopes to share these tidbits about Ethiopian culture and more through Project Image Ethiopia, a nonprofit media project. A website launch party ($5 per person) at Gallery5 (200 W. Marshall St.) in Jackson Ward on Jan. 20 will kick things off. Beginning at 8 p.m., you’ll find Taylor’s photographs of landscapes, religious leaders and children, plus world, hip-hop and reggae music spun by DJ Seph Tekk. Sales from prints and Project Image Ethiopia merchandise will benefit Taylor’s nonprofit. For more information, you can check out this website or call 240-3339.

Sarah K. McDonald
Associate editor


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