Arabs with Altitude, art, bankruptcy, car ownership, chaotic life, civil war, climbing, Dave Bing, DesignCloud, Detroit, interview, Jaime Moore, Liu Bolin, Malcolm Shabazz, Malcolm X, Mount Everest, murder, music scene, night life, photography, pro-government, public transport, Raha Moharrak, rebels, religious groups, Saudi-Arabian woman, Syria, The Daily Beast, The Guardian, The Invisible Man, The New York Times, traditional Islamic funeral, Washington DC, women empowerment
This is the third blog entry of the “tossed-salad kind of news” series.
Photographer Jaime Moore creates art and sources of inspiration for her daughter’s birthday while the foundation in Syria is crumbling and giving in to pressures of war. Raha Moharrak is the first Saudi Arabian woman to summit Mount Everest while hundreds of people gathered to mourn Malcolm X’s grandson’s death this weekend. That and some other nuggets of news.
The grandson of Malcolm X was killed on May 9 in Mexico City over a $1,200 bar tab. A traditional Islamic funeral was held three days ago and two suspects were arrested last week. I became curious about this man Malcolm Shabazz and stumbled over this 2003 interview he did with The New York Times… while he was in prison. Ironically his life was chaotic and he sought a religious, great purpose similarly to Malcolm X himself.
During my lunch break at work last week, I read about the civil war in Syria and my stomach turned at some sections of the article. Religious groups, pro-government fighters and rebels are firing bullets at each other, tearing down buildings, breaking up neighborhoods and committing horrifying acts to scare the enemy. One sentence that stood out to me was: A video circulating this week showed a rebel commander in Homs cutting out an enemy’s heart and liver, and biting into the heart.
There is talk about Detroit mayor Dave Bing stepping down soon and making room for a new leader. Additionally, the city is running out of options and close to declaring bankruptcy. Frankly, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened earlier. I think Bing has been a AWFUL mayor, because from what I’ve seen, he’s done nothing but sitting around all day with his thumb up his ass.
Speaking of cars, The Daily Beast published an article called “Millennials move away from car ownership.” With the rising cost in fuel and additional costs that compound in having a car, more and more people are using public transport.
Raha Moharrak joined the expedition team Arabs With Altitude to climb Mount Everest. Not only is she the youngest Arab to attempt the challenge, but she is the very first Saudi-Arabian woman to make it to the top of the mountain. Her friends in the group tweeted about her success congratulating her. They also said that convincing her conservative family to allow her to make the climb was as difficult as summitting Mount Everest itself. In response to making history, Moharrak said, “I really don’t care about being the first… so long as it inspires someone else to be the second.”
Photographer and mother of 5-year-old Emma decided to make a series of portraits for her daughter’s birthday. Instead of doing the typical princess pictures, Jaime Moore chose five important women in history to show her girl “what REAL women can be.” Let’s face it: Disney princesses are fictional characters that are living fantasies that no one will ever experience and it’s not much for the next generation to strive after. Emma posed as Helen Keller, Amelia Earhart, Susan B. Anthony, Jane Goodall and Coco Chanel.
Another photographer caught my interest last week. Liu Bolin put together a series called The Invisible Man. In three different pictures, a man is barely visible to the eye since he appears to melt into the environment.
To wrap this up, if you’re plan on traveling this summer, it’s not wrong to take the next plane to Washington, D.C. Positively surprising, this expensive and politically hot city has a decent music scene and exciting night life. Bar and restaurant owner Eric Hilton takes time out of busy day to sit down and tell us about which spots he recommends to newcomers.