December 19th, Thereza Santos passed away at the age of 82. This dynamic woman was an important figure in Brazil's black movement. She was exiled in the 70s, fought against African colonialism, wrote a theater piece on black Brazilian identity and invisibility and contributed groundbreaking work on the position of black women in Brazilian society. Axé. She will be missed!
Ivete Sacramento is apioneer in Brazil’s Affirmative Action system that has given thousands of black Brazilian access to college; she is the first black woman dean of a Brazilian university and now leads a reparations program in Bahia, a heavily Afro-Brazilian state.
Elaine Ribeiro is a former Samba school "Queen of the Drumbeat", has danced in at least 10 countries and speaks 3 languages. She was featured in a 2011 documentary about Brazil's "mulata" Carnaval dancers.
Clara Paixão is from the Carnaval bloco Cacique de Ramos & the Beija-Flor Samba School of Nilópolis, Rio de Janeiro. After wearing waist length weaves in past "Queen of Carnaval" competitions, she decided to transition into wearing her natural, curly hair texture.