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Costumes From Oscar-Nominated Movies Exhibited in LA

Costumes From Oscar-Nominated Movies Exhibited in LA

Days are left before the 91st Academy Awards ceremony that'll take place in Los Angeles. But before actors and directors walk the red carpet and talk about the films they made, an exhibition
Musician Peter Tork of Monkees Fame Dies at 77

Musician Peter Tork of Monkees Fame Dies at 77

Musician Peter Tork, the perpetually cheerful keyboard-playing member of the 1960s rock group The Monkees, has died at 77.Tork's family and his Facebook page gave no cause of death, but he was
Newcomer Aparicio Discusses Her Oscar-Nominated Performance

Newcomer Aparicio Discusses Her Oscar-Nominated Performance

A newcomer to acting, Yalitza Aparicio is in the running for Best Actress this Sunday at the Academy Awards. She plays a domestic worker in the Mexican film "Roma" and recently sat down with VOA's
What US Home Architecture Tells Us About America

What US Home Architecture Tells Us About America

The architecture of American homes is a lot like America itself, a hodgepodge of different styles from different countries often melded together into one whole.From colonials to Victorians to
IOC Withdraws Olympic Places from India Event Over Visa Row

IOC Withdraws Olympic Places from India Event Over Visa Row

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday canceled places for the 2020 Tokyo Games shooting competition to be awarded at an event in India after the host country refused to give visas to
'Empire' Actor Goes from Victim to Accused Felon

'Empire' Actor Goes from Victim to Accused Felon

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in early Thursday to face accusations that he filed a false police report when he told authorities he was attacked in Chicago by two men who hurled racist
Green Book Mapped Safe Route Through Era of Discrimination

Green Book Mapped Safe Route Through Era of Discrimination

Scenes from the Oscar-nominated film Green Book depict post-World War II America as a land of wide prosperity, big cars, nation-spanning highways, and easy travel. But this was the Jim Crow era,
Green Book Mapped a Safe Route Through Era of Discrimination

Green Book Mapped a Safe Route Through Era of Discrimination

The film "Green Book," starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen is nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. The story, set in the early 1960s,
Angry Basra Youth Find Outlet in Iraqi Rapper’s Music

Angry Basra Youth Find Outlet in Iraqi Rapper’s Music

A youth-led protest movement in the southern Iraqi port city of Basra, which saw riots last summer over failing services and soaring unemployment, has found an artistic outlet in the words and beats
United Methodists Confront Possible Split Over LGBT Issues

United Methodists Confront Possible Split Over LGBT Issues

The United Methodist Church's top legislative assembly convenes Sunday for a high-stakes, three-day meeting likely to determine whether America's second-largest Protestant denomination will fracture
What Makes for an Oscar-Winning Best PIcture?

What Makes for an Oscar-Winning Best PIcture?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has nominated 8 movies in the category of Best Picture. What are the elements that make a movie the best picture of the year? VOA's Penelope Poulou
Meghan Markle Spotted in NYC for Rumored Baby Shower

Meghan Markle Spotted in NYC for Rumored Baby Shower

Meghan Markle has been spotted at several swanky venues in New York City, cradling her baby bump as she visited friends for what is rumored to be a baby shower. .Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, was
Obama Joined by Curry to Tell Minority Boys 'You Matter'

Obama Joined by Curry to Tell Minority Boys 'You Matter'

Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place.Obama was in
Actress Julianne Moore Helps Unveil Sex Misconduct Policies

Actress Julianne Moore Helps Unveil Sex Misconduct Policies

winning actress Julianne Moore has helped New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration unveil the governor's series of initiatives aimed at improving the lives of women in New York.Moore joined Lt.
Ancient Art of Mongolian Mask Making

Ancient Art of Mongolian Mask Making

When Gankhuyag Natsag makes one of his famous masks, he spends a lot of time thinking.“During that time I am thinking that it’s all based on Buddhist philosophy. It allows for meditation, inspiration
Artist Spreads Mongolian Culture Through Masks

Artist Spreads Mongolian Culture Through Masks

Gankhuyag Natsag, also known as Ganna, has dedicated his life to spreading Mongolian culture abroad. The Buddhist ritual dance masks he makes are displayed in museums outside his homeland and he tours
Keira Knightley Film Calls for Unity in Divided Times

Keira Knightley Film Calls for Unity in Divided Times

Keira Knightley said her new film The Aftermath, set in the bombed-out ruins of Hamburg just after the end of World War II, had important lessons on building bridges that were very relevant for
US Supreme Court Rebuffs Defamation Suit Against Cosby

US Supreme Court Rebuffs Defamation Suit Against Cosby

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday for a second time declined to take up a case related to sexual misconduct allegations against Bill Cosby, refusing to consider reviving a defamation lawsuit against
Future Rabbis Plant With Palestinians, Sow Rift With Israel

Future Rabbis Plant With Palestinians, Sow Rift With Israel

Young American rabbinical students are doing more than visiting holy sites, learning Hebrew and poring over religious texts during their year abroad in Israel.In a stark departure from past programs
Chanel Source: Haute-couture Designer Karl Lagerfeld Has Died

Chanel Source: Haute-couture Designer Karl Lagerfeld Has Died

German haute-couture designer Karl Lagerfeld, artistic director at Chanel and an icon of the global fashion industry for over half a century, has died, a source at the French fashion house said on