Monthly Archives: May 2011

Dança das Caixeiras Maranhenses

These whirling women lead rituals during the syncretic Festival of the Divine Holy Spirit, a tradition in the northeastern Brazilian state of Maranhão. They’re here in São Paulo for one week  (everything comes here). The elderly lady who opens the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Part Two of ‘Black in Latin America’: Cuba

Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates’ PBS series Black in Latin America looks into the African element of Latin American societies and investigates both the accomplishments and disappointments of Afro-Latinos in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru. In … Continue reading

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From the AV Room: My City, Five Ways

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Thoughts on Part One of ‘Black in Latin America: Haiti & the DR’

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, star professor of African-American studies at Harvard University, has just completed a four-part documentary on the African diaspora in Latin America – titled ‘Black in Latin America – that’s currently airing on PBS (last episode, tomorrow … Continue reading

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A Bit of Cinco de Mayo Inspiration from North of the Border

Thanks to Johnica Reed for hipping me to this.

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Thoughts of an American Expatriate After a Spur-of-the-Moment Weekend Trip Home

•    Everything is so clean. •    Everything is so cheap. •    There are indeed a few loud, obnoxious American douchebags. Conversely, most Americans are friendly, polite, and helpful. •    Products come in too much unnecessary packaging. •    The weather couldn’t … Continue reading

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