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‘Dumbo’ and the Elephant Not in the Room

Big-eared baby elephant Dumbo may be the star of Walt Disney Co.’s remake of its 1941 animated movie classic but the film was shot without its adorable star ever making an appearance on set. The cast of the live action “Dumbo,” arriving in movie theaters worldwide this week, had to act opposite an assortment of …

John Lennon, Yoko Ono’s ‘Bed-In’ Remembered at 50

In March 1969, newlyweds John Lennon and Yoko Ono skipped a honeymoon and instead staged a “bed-in” in Amsterdam to promote world peace during the Vietnam War. Dressed in white, the artistic duo received visitors and held press conferences from bed in the presidential suite atop Amsterdam’s Hilton Hotel from March 23-29. A photo exhibition …

Fashion, Champagne Grace Nigeria Polo Party

When polo comes to Lagos, the champagne flows and exuberant fashion colors adorn the green fields. While most Nigerians would never trade their love of soccer, the commercial capital still hosts the biggest polo tournament in West Africa, with trophies fiercely disputed against a backdrop of glitz and glamour for the upper class. “Polo has …

Humanity’s Impact on Our Planet, The Focus of DC’s 27th Environmental Film Festival

At the 27th annual Environmental Film Festival in the nation’s capital, over 100 hundred films were showcased in 25 locations around the city. Many of them focused on the human impact on Climate Change worldwide, pointing to severe weather phenomena already underway, such as rising sea levels, and disappearing biodiversity. VOA’s Penelope Poulou spoke with …

Larry Cohen, Director of Cult Horror Films, Dies at 77

Larry Cohen, the maverick B-movie director of cult horror films “It’s Alive” and “God Told Me To,” has died. He was 77. Cohen’s friend and spokesman, the actor Shade Rupe, said Cohen passed away Saturday in Los Angeles surrounded by loved ones. Cohen’s films were schlocky, low-budget films that developed cult followings, spawned sequels and …

Get Out! Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Shatters Records With $70.3M

Jordan Peele has done it again. Two years after the filmmaker’s “Get Out” became a box-office sensation, his frightening follow-up, “Us,” debuted with $70.3 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. The opening, well above forecasts, had few parallels. It was the largest debut for an original horror film (only the “It” remake …

Better Future for Victims of Gender-Based Violence

A business in Washington, D.C., is working to empower women who have been victims of gender-based violence by targeting the growing number of consumers who are socially and environmentally conscious. Handmade handicrafts are imported from countries where women are vulnerable. Access to a broader market gives victims more opportunities for a better future. …

Blair House: A look Inside the US President’s Guest House

The U.S. President’s Guest House, commonly known as Blair House, has played a significant role in the history of American diplomacy. Milena Gjorgjievska visited the unique place and learned more about whom it has hosted and what events it has witnessed since it was built in 1824. …

Tribes Call for Ban on Drilling Near Sacred New Mexico site

Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site that features massive stone structures and other remnants of an ancient civilization but are facing the Trump administration’s pro-drilling stance.  Creating a formal buffer around Chaco Culture National Historical Park has been a long-running …

UNESCO Campaign Tackles Racism 

The Paris-based U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on Thursday launched a campaign to fight prejudice. The move coincided with International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Begun with the French city of Bordeaux, the UNESCO billboard campaign features a variety of faces — old and young, men and women, and of many ethnic backgrounds. …