Imagine a magical place where lights are designed in the shape of the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower and dragons. It's a place where children can enjoy a maze made of Chinese lanterns or see death-defying acts by gymnasts. VOA's Carolyn Presutti takes us to Light-Up…a Christmas festival near Washington designed, built, and managed by Chinese workers visiting the U.S.
2018 was a year of box office successes and awards of artistic recognition for black films. Marvel’s action flick “Black Panther” introduced the first black superhero lead actor and grossed over a billion dollars domestically and internationally. Other films with black leading characters also did well with audiences and critics. Do these distinctions signal that black films are finally part of the Hollywood mainstream? VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
The Rose Parade has been a New Year's Day tradition since 1890. The parade of dozens of floats, marching bands and equestrian units is watched by thousands along the 9-kilometer route through Pasadena, California, and by millions more on TV around the country. The colorful spectacle kicks off the "Rose Bowl" - an American college football final that is also a New Year tradition. Mike O'Sullivan reports.
An estimated 1 million people will pack New York City's Times Square to watch the huge, brilliantly lighted, crystal ball drop to signal the start of the new year. It is an American New Year's tradition that goes back more than a century. As VOA's Kevin Enochs reports, lot of work goes into making sure that ball lights up the sky in spectacular fashion, exactly on time.
Young women looking to play the world’s most-popular sport have a place all their own in Libya. An all-girls soccer academy in the capital looks to break societal norms in the Muslim majority country that frown upon women wearing shorts or competing on the same fields as men. But it is not without criticism that coaches turn constructive. Arash Arabasadi reports.