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From Judas to Jay Z: Perfidy that Pays a Lot More Than 30 Shekels

Lij Teodrose Fikremariam
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Lij Teodrose Fikremariam

Lij Teodrose Fikremariam is the co-founder and former editor of the Ghion Journal. He is currently the chair of Ethiopians for Constitutional Monarchy. A published author and prolific writer, a once defense consultant was profoundly changed by a two year journey of hardship and struggle. Going from a life of upper-middle class privilege to a time spent with the huddled masses taught Teodrose a valuable lesson in the essence of togetherness and the need to speak against injustice.

Originally from Ethiopia with roots to Atse Tewodros II, Lij Teodrose is a former community organizer whose writing was incorporated into Barack Obama's South Carolina primary victory speech in 2008. He pivoted away from politics and decided to stand for collective justice after experiencing the reality of the forgotten masses. His writing defies conventional wisdom and challenges readers to look outside the constraints of labels and ideologies that serve to splinter the people. Lij Teodrose uses his pen to give a voice to the voiceless and to speak truth to power.
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Let me give credit from the jump to Steve Boursiquot (aka Awthentic), a dope rapper from the DMV, for inspiring this write up. Initially, I had other topics in mind to write about, but a cursory scroll down my timeline on Facebook on the way to town drew my attention to the status that Steve posted. He noted that people are actually quoting Jay Z as if he is some sort of profound thinker. He is right, all…

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