Perhaps the fact that a growing number of young black Brazilians are letting their hair grow, without using straighteners or wearing braid extensions, is more than a passing fashion statement. The new look, which harks back to the time when black militants were fighting racism in the United States, is called “Black Power” — in Portuguese. It speaks of power and self-esteem.
And, as we saw last year during the many street demonstrations, it’s not only black people who are starting to feel important in Brazil.
Contrary to what my children think, I’m too young…
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