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  • The Weeknd And Selena Gomez Just Kissed Behind A Dumpster

     

     

    The Weeknd ended 2016 with a new hairstyle and a new album. He's started 2017 by kissing on a new lady.

    New photos picked up by TMZ show Abel Tesfaye locking lips with none other than Selena Gomez, singer of "Hands to Myself" and noted ex-girlfriend of Justin Bieber.

    Abel broke up with his last famous ex, Bella Hadid, two months ago, so it's not surprising that he's already getting cozy with another celeb. But Selena? Selena Gomez, who's all about substance over style these days? Who wants to focus on her music, not her image? Who wants real friends not fake friends, no exceptions? Making out with Abel "We don't pray for love, we just pray for cars" Tesfaye?

    Look, only Selena knows what's best for Selena. We'll just be over here putting the tea on.

    Source: MTV

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  • The Weeknd: "I Represent Ethiopia" - Rare Interview

    The 26-year-old better known as The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye), who on this Sunday in November is ­preparing to release Starboy, the follow-up to his 2015 pop breakthrough Beauty Behind the Madness -- opens up In rare Interview with Billboard about paparazzi, overcoming stage fright and his roots.

    Excerpt from Abel Tesfaye's interview with Billboard

    You’re representing for different ­places — Toronto, Ethiopia. How do you approach that?
    I made it known that I’m Ethiopian. I put it in my music, and my style of singing is very Ethiopian-inspired. I’ve never even been there. I’d love to go home and see my roots.

    Where would you direct a Weeknd fan in terms of Ethiopian music?
    Aster Aweke, for sure. You can hear her voice at the end of “False Alarm” on the new album. Her voice is the greatest thing you’ll ever hear. There’s a great composer named Mulatu Astatke, he’s probably the most famous Ethiopian musician right now. Jim Jarmusch used his music. I’d love to meet him and work with him somehow. Mahmoud Ahmed is a great singer, and so is Tilahun Gessesse. Teddy Afro is more of a pop singer, great voice. This is what I grew up on. I’d wake up in the morning, and my mom would be listening to all this stuff while she was making coffee. I’m working on University of Toronto getting its own class [on Ethiopian language studies].

     

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  • Meet The Guys Behind The Popular Abe Na Kebe Comic Blog.

     

    Source: AddisInsights

    These days, memes have become the superlative ways of sharing unspoken memories, means of communicating without having to seem so obvious about it with their simple yet expressive means of selling out conversations. Foreign memes are all over the Medias these days adjusting timely through every matter taking place around, but recently we were introduced to some local memes addressing our own issues through our own perspective. Abe Na Kebe. We had an exclusive Interview with the team and here is what you need to know about Abe Na Kebe.

    A.I : What inspired you to start the blog?

    Abe Na Kebe : We were inspired by the contents we have been reading on Facebook, to our greatest dismay, we witnessed people turning Facebook to an abusive platform where scores are settled, put blames on others, demonize each other, fabricate character assassinations and let insults fly around. The majority appeared to use Facebook for expressing good wishes on birthday celebrations, holidays, and the like. These observations made us realize that fb can be used for conveying ethical and non-partisan messages which are educative while they are still entertaining. These are the triggers for the creation and launching of Abe Na Kebe.

    A.I: Is the company in sync with our culture?

    Abe Na Kebe : Respect for the culture and religion of the different communities is one of the core values the company pursues. So, as a matter of policy, we often check and double-check the contents of our posts for cultural, religious and political correctness and sensitivity before clicking the final button on our keyboards. This is a clear manifestation for the synchronization of the company with the culture of our followers and various communities, at large.

    A.I: Who are the people working on it? A little briefing on your team background?

    Abe Na Kebe :  The team consists of 5 hardworking and talented youngsters, who understand each other. The first creator of the Facebook page and different platforms manager is Yared Ayalew, who is from Mizan Teferi and is 18 years old. The content creator and the second member of the team is the 15 years old tech enthusiast Amanuel Belaineh from Haramaya, the third member is Tewodros Mekonnen who manages and coordinates the team. The fourth member of the group who turns Abe Na Kebe to life by animating them is the 20 years old Zee Amanuale Abera, the last but not least member of our team is Yonas Alemayehu who develops the android application and who plays important role in the team.

    All team members are dedicated and deliver their expectations on time. One of the deriving factors for the team to be as such dedicated is because it is fun to work in the team and everybody works based on his interest and has the motivation to achieve more. We make decisions based on discussion. Our organizational structure is somehow flat.

    A.I:  Where Do You See this blog Heading?

    Abe Na Kebe : We haven’t yet clearly articulated plan on where this blog is heading to but we sincerely hope and believe that this blog will be a brand with quality products such as: adorable and frequently watched Abe na Kebe TV series, Abe na Kebe comic books and Abe na Kebe toys. Last but not the least, the blog aspires to be a prominent advertisement center as well, as it boasts of having over one million fans and followers from different walks of life and corners of the country.

    A.I: What is the Biggest Risk to the blog?

    Abe Na Kebe : The biggest risk to the blog is unethical rivalry which has resulted in the launching of fake pages by the evil-minded people who tried to mimic our Facebook page and yet with no sensitivity to the values, culture, religion and political views of the Facebook community. Consequently, this blog is feared to be misperceived by those who do not make distinctions between our real page and the fake ones.

    A.I: What was your journey like to get where you are now?

    Abe Na Kebe : Our journey was not very smooth and rosy over the last one year. Truly speaking, we have gone through some frustrating moments and mishaps. The most remarkable one is the decision reached by Facebook (The Company) to block our page that has hard won 400,000 followers, merely due to our naïve act of posting a copyrighted picture on Abe na Kebe fb page. This decision has unfortunately forced us to pass through a bitter experience that has obliged us to start the blog all over again from scratch.

    A.I: What are your blog values?

    Abe Na Kebe : The core values of our blog are: Respect, Open mindedness, Professionalism, Honesty, and Integrity.

    A.I: What are key features you plan to add?

    Abe Na Kebe :  Features like animated episodes, white paper advertising, and the likes are in the pipeline.

    A.I: How many users do you have? Tell us about your mobile app?

    Abe Na Kebe:  boasts of having over one million followers on Facebook and 50 thousand mobile application users. Our mobile application has made Abe na Kebe to be accessible to all users owning smartphones and tablet computers. The application has allowed us to reach a vast audience in different parts of the country and beyond. Including those who can’t access Facebook or doesn’t have Facebook account.

    A.I: How have you changed since your launch?

    Abe Na Kebe : We have passed through a tremendous learning experience since our first blog. The feedback we have been receiving from various dimensions and the open society allowed us to improve the quality of our blogs. We have also eventually added a new product, animated episodes, with a view to deliver the messages in different modes and formats.

    A.I: There are many social media sites resembling your own. How can your users differentiate between your page and the copycats?

    Abe Na Kebe : This is a difficult question to adequately answer right away. The sole way in that users can differentiate our page from the mimicked ones is simply by looking at the huge number of followers we have, that is, over a million. We also are trying to verify our Facebook page in order to make it easier for our fans to differentiate our Facebook page.

    A.I: Some of your posts are translations of English memes, doesn’t that affect your audience?

    Abe Na Kebe : Even though some of the jokes that are sent to us are translated jokes from other English memes, we often try to have Ethiopian finger prints when we post it. And the translated version of the memes can be understood by the Ethiopian community more easily than the English version of the meme.

     

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  • Usain Bolt and Almaz Ayana Crowned 2016 World Athletes of the Year

    Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana have been named the male and female World Athletes of the Year at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016, held at Sporting Monte Carlo on Friday (2).

    Bolt, who won the award five times between 2008 and 2013, added to his legacy by earning the trophy for a record sixth occasion. The sprinting superstar this year successfully defended his Olympic titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m, bringing his lifetime tally of Olympic gold medals to nine.

    He clocked season’s bests of 9.81 and 19.78 to win the 100m and 200m in Rio and then anchored the Jamaican team to a world-leading 37.27 when winning the 4x100m.

    He also went undefeated throughout the whole season at all distances, including heats.

    "I live for the moments when I walk into a stadium and I hear a loud roar and Rio was outstanding," said Bolt, whose award was presented by IAAF President Sebastian Coe. "One of the main reasons I'm continuing for another year is because of the fans; they don't want me to retire. I have to give thanks to them."

     

     

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  • Ethiopia’s internet crackdown hurts everyone

    Ethiopia has never been an easy place to operate. But a six-month state of emergency, combined with internet and travel restrictions imposed in response to a wave of anti-government protests, means it just got a whole lot harder.

    The government has targeted the mobile data connections that the majority of Ethiopians use to get online. Internet users have also been unable to access Facebook Messenger and Twitter, with a host of other services also rendered unreliable. 

    This has impacted everyone: from local businesses, to foreign embassies, to families, as well as the extensive and vital international aid community.

    “Non-governmental organisations play crucial roles in developing countries, often with country offices in the capitals, satellite offices across remote regions, and parent organisations in foreign countries,” said Moses Karanja, an internet policy researcher at Strathmore University in Nairobi.  “They need access to the internet if their operations are to be efficiently coordinated.”

    The Ethiopian government has been candid about the restrictions being in response to year-long anti-government protests in which hundreds of people have died.

    It has singled out social media as a key factor in driving unrest. Since the beginning of October, there has been a spike in violence resulting in millions of dollars’ worth of damage to foreign-owned factories, government buildings and tourist lodges across Oromia Region, initially ground zero for the dissent.

    “Mobile data will be permitted once the government assesses that it won’t threaten the implementation of the state of emergency,” government spokesman Getachew Reda – who has since been replaced – told a 26 October press conference in Addis Ababa.

    The Oromo are the country’s largest ethnic group, constituting 35 percent of the country’s nearly 100 million population. They have historically felt ignored by successive regimes in Addis Ababa. In August, similar grassroots protest broke out among the Amhara, Ethiopia’s second largest ethnic group. The ruling EPRDF is portrayed by opponents as a narrow, unrepresentative clique that refuses to share power.

    Ethiopia is not alone in its approach to political unrest. Around the world, as countries become increasingly integrated with online technology, the more autocratic governments are blocking the internet whenever they deem it necessary.

    “The trend appears to be growing because more people are going online and using the internet, often through the use of mobile connections,” said Deji Olukotun of Access Now, which campaigns for digital rights. In 2016, it documented 50 shutdowns, up from less than 20 in 2015.

    “People are enjoying the freedom and opportunity that the internet provides, which enables them to organise themselves and advocate for what they want,” Olukotun told IRIN. “In response, governments are shutting down the net to stop this practice.”

     

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