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.
"Black Identity Exposition" in Rio de Janeiro and celebrated the visibility of black faces and the achievements of black culture in Brazilian History featuring a round table discussion on black women in Brazilian society.
"Black Identity Exposition" in Rio de Janeiro - Photo gallery 2
Although the country is known for having some of the world's best soccer players, the most beautiful beaches and women who aren't shy about showing themselves off, studies confirm that the overweight/obesity epidemic has arrived in Brazil. At the current rate, in 10 years Brazil will have the same rate of overweight/obese people as the United States.
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.
In memory: An amazing woman, Edialeda Salgado do Nascimento, spoke five languages and became the first black woman to be named a Secretary of State in Brazil. Assuming the Secretary position in1983, a doorman barred her from entering the building because he assumed, as a black woman, she didn't belong there. She went to school in Italy and defended issues affecting the black population. She passed in 2010.
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.
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!