The Arbaeen ritual marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following the anniversary of the 7th century martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.
The Studentenwerk Berlin, a student organization at the city’s technical university (Technische Universitaet Berlin), sends out between 400 and 500 students and alumni dressed as Santas every year to visit company parties in December and families on Christmas Eve. The students, who must complete the workshop, participate as a way to make a little money to help fund their studies.
Baltimore street photographer and Bel Air native David Kraus has is fascinated by Baltimore architecture and history, particularly the tradition of the arabber street merchants. He says it’s important to document these people, among other things, that offer a connection to Baltimore’s past.
A gunman opened fire inside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, engaging in gun battles with authorities during an hourslong standoff that killed three people and wounded nine others, officials said. The suspect was arrested Friday and identified as Robert Lewis Dear of North Carolina. –Tribune wire reports
Natural hair has always held a fascination for Murjoni Merriweather, who incorporates African American hairstyles – afros, braids, cornrows, puffballs -into her gracefully elongated ceramic figures. “I come from a majority black community so I base a lot of my art work around my own culture,” says Merriweather, 19, who resembles her creations. She is a sophomore in the ceramics program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).