Ex-president of Marielle Franco’s PSOL party believes Rio’s 41st Military Police Battalion, one of the state’s deadliest, are main suspects in councilwoman’s murder

Sad, but not suprised. RIP Marielle Franco.

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morte de marielle Act in the plenary of the Federal Chamber in repudiation of the murder of councilor Marielle Franco of the PSOL-RJ

Note from BW of Brazil: There shouldn’t be any surprise here. Of course, we still don’t have any certainty of the killers who took the life of Rio councilwoman Marielle Franco last Wednesday, but again, when we consider Franco’s tweets about the violent tactics of the Military Police in Rio’s favelas, it would be foolish not to see these same forces as prime suspects for her murder. In this fact,we have a motive, we also know that the bullets that took Franco’s life were those of the Military Police. We’ve seen the occupation-like presence of the Military Police and now Brazilian army in these low-income neighborhoods. But perhaps these facts aren’t convincing enough. But do consider how you would feel if you were to hear…

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When the hate taste like sour grapes

That’s so true. Let angry non black men and women stew in their juices every time they see a loving Black couple or family.

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I follow this sister on Instagram. She speaks intelligently and carries a big Iron staff with gold plaiting. In other words, come at her sideways and she will verbally bitch slap the sour taste out your mouth. Like these three savages above in the screen shot, that was attacking her because she had the unmitigated gall to post up an image of a black woman celebrating her love for the black man.

I have concluded that the biggest whinny bitches on the planet are white men. Even white women in their Paris Hilton moment, don’t whine like these broke back mountain rejects. Why in Greco-Roman heaven are these fools offended that a black woman is celebrating her desire to only mate with her ethnic complement? I’ll tell you why. Black unity has always been an “akanundrum” (get it? a conundrum…LOL!) for white people to swallow. Worse is when they see black men and women practicing love…

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Novela shows the racism practiced by whites and among blacks: Interracial romance of ‘O Outro Lado do Paraíso’ discusses different practices of discrimination

You get racialized sexism, the marginalization of Black men, and white male saviorism in those novellas. That’s how I see them in both Brazil and the US. They pair Black women with White men, not with Black men and it’s disturbing and bothersome to me.

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Note from BW of Brazil: Such a simplistic analysis of what’s going on in this novela. But, in reality, I don’t expect much when the topic is Globo TV novelas, racism and interracial relationships, if the writer doesn’t have a background in studying racial issues from a more critical perspective. The article below doesn’t really delve too deep into the messages embedded in this novela that it is supposed to be reviewing. But then again, nowadays we are dealing with a new form of racism, a sort of “Racism 2.0” that the untrained eye won’t catch. Let’s see how the article below deals with the issue first…

novelaooutro Telma Souza, Caio Paduan and Erika Januza are part of the cast of the Globo novela ‘O Outro Lado do Paraíso’

Novela shows the racism practiced by whites and among blacks

Interracial Romance of O Outro Lado do Paraíso discusses different practices of…

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The sexuality of the black woman: objectification and the stigma of promiscuity

Yes, so true. But in America, there’s denial of this painful history as they pair Black women with white men in movies, TV, commercials, newscasts, and advertisements.

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Note from BW of Brazil: The debut and now second episode of the new controversial Globo network television series Sexo e as negas has brought front and center a re-ignition of the topic of stereotypes of black sexuality, specifically that of black women. Brazil’s history, from the sexual assault of black women by slave masters under 350 years of slavery, to modern day representations of black women as portrayed by the media, continue the association of Afro-Brazilian women to hyper-sexuality. For activists, the very title of the series in itself continues this association. The subsequent broadcasting of the series confirmed the worst nightmares of female activists who see the black female characters of the show continuing along the same lines of stereotypes about black women that are widely known throughout Brazilian society.

Controversial Devassa beer ad from 2011 Controversial Devassa beer ad from 2011

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How long will black women be maids in your novelas (soap operas)? Why Brazil’s media needs more black writers and directors

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capa Actresses Aline Dias (right) and Erika Januza portray a cleaning woman and a maid in Globo TV programs

Note from BW of Brazil: The more things change the more they stay the same. That’s my basic assessment of black characters on Brazilian TV series novelas (soap operas). Since the debut of this blog, we’ve kept an eye on the role of Afro-Brazilians in media as these images have such a powerful influence on the society. And in six years, we continue to see the same ole same old. The 2000 book and documentary A negação do Brasil – o negro na telenovela brasileira (Denying Brazil) by filmmaker Joel Zito Araújo continues to be the benchmark through which we analyze the long-time, tried and true stereotypes of black people on Brazilian airwaves. In recent years, we’ve seen a number of programs that were presented as supposed advances for black…

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I’m Not Surprised

Eve’s husband’s father racism.  Like I said, swirling is a risk especially for Black women, especially when one try to date/marry into families that are racist or blind to white privilege.

Rest in Power, Mrs. Recy Taylor

29Taylor-obit-2-master768She’s a fighter!  May she rest in power!

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old African-American sharecropper, was walking home from church in Abbeville, Ala., on the night of Sept. 3, 1944, when she was abducted and raped by six white men.

The crime was extensively covered in the black press and an early catalyst for the civil rights movement. The N.A.A.C.P. sent a young activist from its Montgomery, Ala., chapter named Rosa Parks to investigate. African-Americans around the country demanded that the men be prosecuted.

But the attack, like many involving black victims during the Jim Crow era in the South, never went to trial. Two all-white, all-male grand juries refused to indict the men, even though one of them had confessed.

Decades passed before the case gained renewed attention, with the publication in 2010 of “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance — a New History of the Civil Rights Movement From Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power,” by the historian Danielle L. McGuire. The book prompted an official apology in 2011 to Mrs. Taylor by the Alabama Legislature, which called the failure to prosecute her attackers “morally abhorrent and repugnant.”