AFRO BRASIL Documentary

The media has created a slanted view of Brazil. Both the international and local media channels are to blame for this. In the United States, we only learn about crimes or poverty levels, and sunny beaches full of hot bodies dancing samba are our first images. Rarely, do we dig deeper into Brazilian culture, and there is much more to learn.

Brazil is one of the most culturally diverse countries, where more than half of the population identifies as non-white. But, that doesn’t mean it has been easy for our brothers and sisters in Latin America. To help paint a new image of Brazil, I spoke with black artists, educators, students and entrepreneurs about their Afro-Brazilian experience. We talked everything from racism and higher education, to celebrating African and indigenous culture.

This is what I’ve learned. These are their stories. This is Afro-Brasil.

Learn more here.

Día de los Muertos with Frida Kahlo

Walking through the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake in São Paulo was surreal. I have been to many museums and galleries, but there are only a few exhibitions that give me a heartfelt feeling that goes beyond admiration for creativity. This was certainly one of them.

Me, Frida & Diego. Photo by Gustavo S. Requena
Me, Frida & Diego. Photo by Gustavo S. Requena.

There Frida Kahlo was, all of her emotions and feelings neatly framed and on display for us to see. All of her pain, sadness, joy and emotions. It felt like I was meeting her or walking into her life. The experience was beautiful, emotional, and an honor all at the same time. I walked through this show on Día de los Muertos and it felt great to pay respect to the spirit of one of the world’s greatest artists to ever do it.

I did not take many photos, but here is a quick look. Learn more about this exhibition here.

Photos by Stephen J. Grant with permission from the gallery. All rights reserved.

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Detail.
Detail.

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A Stroll Through Parque Aclimação (Photos)

Some days living in a large city can be exhausting, but a trip to the park can sure slow things down. Thankfully São Paulo has several beautiful parks to choose from, and depending on which park you visit it can even feel like you have left the city altogether. This week I stopped by Parque Aclimação for a nice stroll under the tropical sun. Take a look at some of the friends I made!

All photos by Stephen J. Grant. All rights reserved. 

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  • Looking for a read? Check out my articles across the web for sites like Huffington Post & Brasil Wire in my online portfolio here.
  • Feel free to contact me for a guest blog post on your site or to learn more about my web services.
  • Want to see another park? Check out this video I made at Parque Burle Marx in my Lately in São Paulo post.
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