Movements such as #OscarsSoWhite, Black Lives Matter and #MeToo have helped bring changes in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, allowing more voting members from minorities and women. As a result, audiences and critics may see the Oscars cover a wider racial and gender breadth this year. VOA's Penelope Poulou spoke with Giovanna Chesler, director of the Film and Video Studies Program at George Mason University, about the Oscar nominees making a difference.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s groundbreaking vow to return colonial-era artifacts Africa may face its first test next week, when he holds talks in Paris (March 6) with his Beninese counterpart Patrice Talon. At issue are treasures from the former kingdom of Dahomey, which ended up in French museums and private collections. As Lisa Bryant reports from Paris, the practicalities of repatriation are both complicated and controversial.
If you're looking for a new sport, or a new hobby that doesn't cost a fortune, is open to nearly everyone, and helps relieve stress, you may want to consider ax throwing. All you need is a sharp ax — or axe, as Canadians spell it — and an unsuspecting piece of wood. Arash Arabasadi caught up with an international, competitive ax-throwing league in Washington.
Orchids are among the world's most beautiful flowers. Although the blossoms come in different shapes, sizes and colors, they all belong to one of the largest and oldest families of flowering plants on earth. The U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington is showcasing some of the thousands of different orchid varieties in a spectacular exhibit that runs until the first week of April. VOA's Deborah Block takes us there for a fragrant look at the exotic world of orchids.
Daichi Yamamoto is a Japanese photographer who has called Senegal home for the past two years. His work captures local fashion, and he's helped launch the careers of several Senegalese fashion models. For VOA, Chika Oduah has the story from Dakar.