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Transforming the narrative of Brazilian blackness by talking about love and affection

Black Brazilian singers and artists are “finally” talking about love and affection in their music and work — in addition to stereotypes, masculinity, patriarchy, racism and censorship. With the continuous breaking down of barriers, combined with recent access to power and the market, and above all, narratives of protagonists and valorisation, more people can be…

Brazil is a country afraid of Edgar

If we think of United States narratives of alien invasions, we could — with some imaginative effort — easily align a white and western dystopia with various fragments of the African diaspora. From violent domination, imposed languages and other elements involved in the colonising process. If the central dystopia in the imaginary of a country…

In conversation with Afro-Brazilian artist Janice Mascarenhas: sculpting healing and Black hair as a cosmic medium

There are many ways to think about the body. When poet, artist and curator Anaïs Duplan speaks of ‘cosmic bodies’ he is advancing a unique turn. This cosmic corporality provides insight into how we might approach the body as an architecture….The body is an idea that is cosmic, which is to say, ‘inconceivably vast.’ Body: it is a…

To Brazilian singer Mel, with Love

Sunday March 4, 2012. During the now extinct program Esquenta—which ran on the Brazilian Broadcast TV channel Rede Globo—presenter Regina Casé talks about tecnobrega. A Brazilian rhythm born in the northeastern region, more specifically in Belém do Pará and spread becoming popular throughout the country. Musical group Banda UÓ, which was famous at the time…