Political Corruption Embedded in a Nation

Political Corruption Embedded in a Nation

By José Ricardo Aguilar Brazil is highly known for its diverse and dynamic culture. This population is the product of a long-going “melting pot” that has combined ethnicities from all over the globe. This mixing of cultures resulted in a nation unlike any other. Here,...
Cultural Beat

Cultural Beat

By Claudia Lyra During the time of carnaval, everyone talks about samba and axé music, but in this article we’ll remember some other long forgotten or, at least, not very well exposed rhythms that show a colorful Brazil. They are Maracatu, Côco, Bumba Meu Boi,...
The Brazilian Way

The Brazilian Way

By Jana Lessa It’s charming, its’ cultural, its’ all about being a Brazilian. The “O Jeitinho” can be described as the way Brazilians live their life, the way they make decisions, the way they love and so forth. For us Brazilians,...
Brazilian Faith

Brazilian Faith

By Katia Moraes In the beginning of November I heard that my friend Daniel had a nervous breakdown. Some people brought him to a hospital after asking a doctor to evaluate his problem. This made me think about how melancholy some Brazilians get in the end of the year....
The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

The Great Thanksgiving Hoax

By Richard J. Maybury How well do you know the story of Thanksgiving? The official Thanksgiving story has the pilgrims boarding the Mayflower, coming to America, and establishing the Plymouth Colony in the winter of 1620-1621. This first winter is hard, and half the...
The Brazilian Spirit

The Brazilian Spirit

By Alejandro Gedeon It was 1989 and I was a student at Cal Arts when I saw this dark bottle from Brazil with an incredible art deco label on it. Opening it was painful. It was like opening a treasure you could only find on a shipwreck. After pouring the golden liquid...
Twenty Year Building a Community Story

Twenty Year Building a Community Story

Many immigrants to the United States have a similar story of a childhood filled with economic struggles, racism and violence. What sets Joselito “Mestre Amen” Do Espirito Santo apart from others is what he has done with his natural talents and abilities. From simple...
Festival for the Queen of the Sea

Festival for the Queen of the Sea

Flower petals wash up against the shoreline along the Oceanica Ave. There is an unpredictable swell in the ocean but the skies are blue. The sound of a distant crowd carries across the quiet streets of Salvador da Bahia. The Festival of Iemanjá is well under way. ...