The sixties are coming to Brazil


This is off-topic, but readers may be curious to read a translation of today’s essay by your blogger in the online version of Época magazine, in Ruth de Aquino’s blog. The original is here, with a great photo by Margaret Day, of the young journalist and community leader from Complexo do Alemão, Rene Silva.

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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