Arab influencers recreate viral TikTok challenge with regional twist 

Arab influencers recreate viral TikTok challenge with regional twist 
Arab influencers did their own take on the viral TikTok challenge #DontRush. (Instagram)
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Updated 21 April 2020

Arab influencers recreate viral TikTok challenge with regional twist 

Arab influencers recreate viral TikTok challenge with regional twist 

DUBAI: Despite social distancing, people are still virtually uniting on social media with creative challenges. 

This week, Arab influencers did their own take on the viral TikTok challenge #DontRush. 

The trend consists of users coming together to share before and after clips of them getting ready and linking the videos with transitions.

While the social media stars stay at home amid COVID-19 measures, each of them appeared in the video showing off the cultural practices of their countries of origin. 

The challenge featured Palestinian Haifa Beseisso, Emirati Azza Al-Mughairy, Saudis Ibrahim Basha and Molham, Egyptian Mohammed Tarek, Moroccan Zaïna Aguenaou, Yemeni Anas OD, Algerian Ines Sebiane, Sudanese Amna Hamdto and Iraqi Deema Al-Asadi. 

The influencers all come together by the end of the video to sing: “We stand together. We are proud of all our countries. But we know we are one team. United, as you can see.”  

The song, “Don’t Rush” originally by hip hop duo Young T & Bugsey, was edited by Sudanese musician Kimo Basha to fit each influencer’s culture.


What We Are Reading Today: Blood, Powder, and Residue by Beth A. Bechky

What We Are Reading Today: Blood, Powder, and Residue by Beth A. Bechky
Updated 22 January 2021

What We Are Reading Today: Blood, Powder, and Residue by Beth A. Bechky

What We Are Reading Today: Blood, Powder, and Residue by Beth A. Bechky

The findings of forensic science — from DNA profiles and chemical identifications of illegal drugs to comparisons of bullets, fingerprints, and shoeprints — are widely used in police investigations and courtroom proceedings. While we recognize the significance of this evidence for criminal justice, the actual work of forensic scientists is rarely examined and largely misunderstood. Blood, Powder, and Residue goes inside a metropolitan crime laboratory to shed light on the complex social forces that underlie the analysis of forensic evidence, says a review on the Princeton University Press website.
Drawing on 18 months of rigorous fieldwork in a crime lab of a major metro area, Beth Bechky tells the stories of the forensic scientists who struggle to deliver unbiased science while under intense pressure from adversarial lawyers, escalating standards of evidence, and critical public scrutiny. Bechky brings to life the daily challenges these scientists face, from the painstaking screening and testing of evidence to making communal decisions about writing up the lab report, all while worrying about attorneys asking them uninformed questions in court.