Cultural Affairs

Ethiopian cuisine and a couple’s American dream

Ethiopian cuisine and a couple’s American dream

They built their aspirations on the American dream, became citizens and started a business from the ground up. That dream for an Ethiopian couple committed to creating an authentic cuisine experience, comes to fruition in a sleepy urban suburb outside of Washington, D.C. They share their […]

Racial rhetoric heats up presidential campaign

Racial rhetoric heats up presidential campaign

In the real life movie that is the 2016 presidential election, the campaign has taken an ugly, predictable turn. When the nominees from both parties take to calling the other racist with no signs of backing down, you know the gloves are off. Tara Wall […]

Millennial immigrants drive innovation

Millennial immigrants drive innovation

Ethiopian tech whiz Azarias Reda, visionary entrepreneur Botswanaian Biggie Tangane and Sierra Leonian-American civil activist Kadija Bah are obvious millennial stand-outs when you meet them individually and as a collective. Not simply because of the compelling stories they each bring to the United States in […]

Media’s role in the urban healthcare crisis

Media’s role in the urban healthcare crisis

Listening to many of my media colleagues, the average reader could easily conclude that the only health care debate worth covering today is the partisan bickering over efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare. Washington squabbles aside, there are […]

A mother’s ‘love’ on display

A mother’s ‘love’ on display

Media reaction to a Baltimore mother’s outrage and subsequent public flogging of her son when she happened to stumble upon his apparent involvement looting and rioting in the aftermath of the Freddie Gray death, has taken an unexpected turn. Tara Wall joined CNN’s State of […]

Starbucks pokes the bear

Starbucks pokes the bear

It’s either an ingenious marketing idea or an epic branding disaster. No matter what side of the Starbucks firestorm you fall on it seems a lot of folks missed the point when the company known for its neighborhood coffee, launched an innocent enough initiative to […]