Russia’s Tishchenko Wins Heavyweight Boxing Gold

Silver medalist Vassiliy Levit of Kazakhstan reacts to the audience as gold medalist Evgeny Tishchenko of Russia stands at attention for the singing of the national anthem at the 2016 Olympics

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Arabic ‘Fastest Growing’ Language in US

VOA News Arabic is the “fastest growing language in the U.S.,” according to the Pew Research Center. According to a post on the group’s website about the challenges Arabic presents to the U.S. census, Arabic speaking at home has surged by 29 percent between 2010 and 2014 among (more...)

Autopsy: Prince Died of Accidental Fentanyl Overdose

VOA News Autopsy results from the U.S. pop star Prince, who died suddenly in April, show he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller more potent than morphine or heroin. It was not immediately clear if the drug was obtained illegally or by prescription. (more...)

Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali Dies at 74

Carla Babb Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has passed away after a more than 30-year battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 74.The former world heavyweight boxing champion had been admitted to a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, and was fighting respiratory issues that were complicated by the Parkinson's disease.Doctors say the Parkinson's (more...)

‘Money Monster’ Taps into Anger of Every Man vs Wall Street

VOA Penelope Poulou Many films have dealt with the 2008 recession. Charles Ferguson's 2010 documentary Inside Job won an Oscar for its investigative approach to the subject matter. This year's Oscar nominee, The Big Short, wrapped its deadly serious subject matter in a more jovial package, documenting the real-life work of a (more...)

Philadelphia’s First Major Comedy Club To Open In Over A Decade

Nearly one year after the launch of The Fillmore Philadelphia hailed as “the most beautiful live rock music venue in the United States,” Live Nation is planning to unveil the Punch Line comedy club only a few steps away from that concert hall to join the rapidly emerging Fishtown entertainment (more...)

Is There an Association Between Video Game Playing and Aggression?

Video games are a popular form of entertainment for millions of people worldwide. Like the many people that play them, video games are available in all sorts of niches, from sports to battle-themed games, and many more. However, a common thread throughout all games is the presence of combat. Whether (more...)

Philly Celebrates Jazz and Honors World-renowned Jazz Bassist Christian McBride

Mayor Jim Kenney will proclaim April as Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month and honor a native son, five-time Grammy Award winner, and world-renowned jazz bassist Christian McBride at the Philly Celebrates Jazz Kick-Off. Held on Monday, March 28 at 3PM in the Mayor’s Reception Room, 2016 marks the City’s 6th annual (more...)

Rolling Stones to Play Free Concert in Cuba

VOA News Legendary British rock band The Rolling Stones will play a free concert in Cuba on March 25, a milestone event in a country where the communist government once banned the group's music as an "ideological deviation." The band added the Concert for Amity show - likely to be the biggest (more...)

Oscar Favorite ‘Spotlight’ Big Winner at Independent Spirit Awards

VOA News Spotlight, the story of the Boston Globe newspaper's investigation of the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests, won the best picture award at the Independent Spirit Awards in California Saturday. The annual awards show recognizes the best films made for under $20 million by independent producers and studios unaffiliated with (more...)

US Publisher Recalls Children’s Book on Slavery

VOA Fern Robinson Scholastic Publishing is recalling one of its children's books from bookstore shelves in the U.S. because, as it said in a statement Sunday, "the book may give a false impression of the reality of the lives of slaves." One of the country's founders and its first president owned (more...)

‘The Revenant,’ ‘The Martian,’ Among Top Oscar Nominees

VOA Mike O'Sullivan The survival epic The Revenant and the science fiction tale The Martian are among the top nominees for this year's Academy Awards, or Oscars, announced early Thursday in Beverly Hills, California. The two films are among the eight nominated for best motion picture, which also include Mad Max: Fury Road, the (more...)

American Photographer Penn Captured More Than Just Fashion

VOA Julie Taboh Irving Penn was one of the most prominent and influential fashion and celebrity photographers of the 20th century. His images of glamorous models posing in the latest designs graced the covers and pages of the most popular fashion magazines. In a bare, stripped-down studio in New York City, he (more...)

Interested in Tracking Santa? There’s an App for That

VOA Julie Taboh What does Santa do in the hours leading up to Christmas? Does he help the elves load up the toys from his workshop? Feed and walk his reindeer? Drink one last cup of coffee? And once he climbs onto his shiny, red sled, where does he start and end his (more...)

Joseph Brodsky’s Drawings, Like His Poetry, Echo Pushkin

Among the most cherished possessions of Solomon Volkov, author of the book Conversations with Joseph Brodsky, are drawings by the Russian-American poet and Nobel laureate, including a self-portrait and sketches of Volkov and his wife. “He was a gifted draftsman who could do very good likenesses of people with a (more...)

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