Diaspora Corner

Diaspora Corner is a blog where we highlight the accomplishments and perspectives of movers and shakers of the the diaspora.

Read their stories and get your dose of inspiration.

Featured Stories

Nate Araya

Television Host, Filmmaker, Digital Storyteller, Community Leader, Public speaker

Nate Araya is a Television Host, Filmmaker, Digital Storyteller, Community Leader, Public speaker and an unshakable optimist dedicated to improving lives around the world through compelling stories of faith, hope and love. Nate’s films have received praise for “changing the face of international development [Huffington Post].” His previous work has been nominated for Best Documentary of 2014 by the African Movie Academy Awards and was featured on the...

Mimi Alemayehou

Managing Director at Black Rhino and Executive Advisor and Chair of Blackstone Africa Infrastructure LP

Mrs Alemayehou was born in Ethiopia and and spent her early years in Kenya before immigrating to the United States. Alemayehou earned her bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University and holds a Masters degree in International Business and International Law and Development from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Helen Mesfin

Producer and Host of Helen Show at EBS

Helen was born and raised in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. At the age of 17, she traveled to the United States to pursue higher education. Helen worked her way through college earning a degree in Business Management. Her professional career started in the Hospitality and Tourism industry in Washington DC. For nearly 15 years she continues to successfully broaden her experience in management and sales at various corporate organizations....

Mignotae Kebede

Film Producer and Development Manager at Life Pieces To Masterpieces (LPTM)

A native Californian and graduate of The George Washington University (GWU), Mignotae Kebede is dedicated to exploring the intersections between creative expression and social change.

Dr. Menna Demessie

Vice President of Policy and Research for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF)

Dr. Menna Demessie is the Vice President of Policy and Research for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF), where she works on public policy issues relevant to African Americans. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of California, Washington Center.