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After the Summer Olympics,  the international public’s image of Brazil is split between the celebration,  medals, champions, scandals, and romance of the recent games and country’s recent political upheaval, in the form of the president's impeachment and of the high-profile money laundering investigation Operation Car Wash. Reconciling both sides of the narrative is complicated for Brazilians, but it can be even more so for foreigners trying to make sense of what's going on.  There's...
All things considered, most of us are good with forgoing the Olympics this year, content to watch Brazil’s games from the comfort of our own countries. And it seems especially reasonable to take a pass on Zika (et al.), when you just happen to live in Brooklyn, where there’s an unprecedented number of bars and restaurants serving singularly Brazilian food and drink, from Bahia’s bobo de camarão and Southern-style churrasco, to bouncy brigadeiro balls...
When Batala NYC first starts playing—seventy women moving as one group, following the hand signals of one conductor, and beating five different types of (mostly big) drums—people need a moment to collect their jaws from the floor. What is going on? Who are these women? Who is their caped conductor? In addition to the booming drumbeats, there's also a sense of power and energy in the air—mixed in with some lighthearted fun. The women...
We are now coming to the end of World Cup madness, in which large swaths of the United States briefly care about an international sports tournament that is not the Olympics. Throughout the competition, there have been the usual not-so-subtle conflations of sexism with spectatorship in the media. You know, the cuts to scantily clad women in bikinis on the sidelines, the slideshows of players’ attractive spouses, the lascivious commentary on the fans of...

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