Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Talking about racism

28 Documentaries about racism in Brazil. Yes, we must talk about racism.

1) Menino 23

2) Chacinas nas periferias

3) The Colour of Money - A História do Racismo e do Escravismo

4) Raça Humana

5) O negro no Brasil

6) Ninguém nasce assim

7) Racismo Camuflado no Brasil

8) Negro lá, negro cá

9) Vidas de Carolina

10) Negros dizeres

11) Mulher negra

12) Negro Eu, Negro Você

13)A realidade de trabalhadoras domésticas negras e indígenas

14) Espelho, Espelho Meu!

15) Open Arms, Closed Doors

16) The Brazilian carnival queen deemed 'too black'- A Globeleza que era negra demais

17) Boa Esperança - minidoc

18) Você faz a diferença

19) Memórias do cativeiro

20) Quilombo São José da Serra

21) 7%

22) Olhos azuis

23) Pele Negra, Máscara Branca

24) Introdução ao pensamento de Frantz Fanon

25) Invernada dos Negros 

26) A negação do Brasil

27) Sua cor bate na minha

28) História da Resistência Negra no Brasil

'If there is one thing we must talk about it  is our racism!'

Friday, 17 November 2017

Black Awareness Day

"To deny the existence of racism is to contribute in the most perverse and hypocritical way for its perpetuation."

Black Awareness Day is celebrated on November 20 in Brazil. On this day we remember that our greed, our immeasurable ambition, our lack of humanity enslaved other people. These people were deprived of everything we could call life. After a long time of suffering, they were abandoned to their own fate in what is sarcastically known as abolition. It means that they were not slaves anymore but, they were not citizens, they had nowhere to live, nowhere to work, they had no way to keep themselves or their families, their children could not attend school or learn a profession, a life of misery was destined to the ones who survived. It was another form of slavery even tough they were called FREE. Such state of poverty and its consequences remains until today. In Brazil, the great majority of poor people are black, the great majority of people who do not have opportunities to grow, to study, to socially ascend are black. On this day, as society we should feel ashamed of ourselves to have allowed and to still allow such unfairness to perpetuate.
To learn more about Black Awareness Day in Brazil 

Carolina Maria de Jesus is an example of how generation after generation of enslaved people were and still are neglected in Brazil. She wrote important books such as The Trash Room and Child of the Dark where she describes how many people live in the slums of the country. Her biography can be found on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolina_Maria_de_Jesus


Lazaro Ramos is a very famous and talented Brazilian actor and also a writer. In his participation in FLIP Paraty International Literary Festival http://flip.org.br/en  he was moved by the testimonial of a retired black teacher whose history have touched us all. I was there and will never forget the words of a 77-year-old retired teacher Diva Guimarães, https://www.cartacapital.com.br/revista/965/diva-guimaraes-das-provacoes-as-milhoes-de-curtidas


I would like to finish my humble contribution to this day by sharing with you one of my favorite authors: Maya Angelou performing I Still Rise. I also would like to remind us all of our responsibilities to improve the world we live in as well as life for all people no matter the color of their skin, their gender, their faith (or if they have none). All diversity is welcome if we want to share a world of peace. 

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Guerrilla Girls

I've just attended an art exhibition at MASP and was amazed with the great work by Guerrilla Girls which is a group of feminist activist artists. their gorilla masks caught my attention right away and, most importantly, the attitude of revealing to the public how much women artists still suffer discrimination even in our days. I loved the exhibition and recommend it to all friends.

I would like to recommend their site for investigation and good reading. https://www.guerrillagirls.com/

To learn more about MASP http://masp.art.br/masp2010/english_about-masp.php

I've also included Guerrilla Girl's site in this blog reference which I suggest for further reading in English language.

Friday, 15 September 2017

International Youth Press

Mais um projeto brasileiro integra a plataforma de projetos colaborativos IEARN. Depois do Hip Hop on the Spot e do Hands for Peace chegou a vez do Imprensa Jovem fazer parte dessa proposta, graças ao dedicado trabalho do professor Carlos Lima, o qual tive o privilégio de apresentar na 2017 iEARN Conference em Marrocos ao lado da professora Rose Rocha. Quem ganha são nossos alunos e professores e seus projetos educomunicativos que poderão interagir com os mais de 130 países, 40 mil escolas, mais de 40 mil professores e 2 milhões de estudantes que participam hoje da iEARN. Na plataforma, somos o International Youth Press. Parabéns a todos os educomunicadores pela conquista.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017


These videos should be shown in all schools of the world and I do recommend them to all my students, ex students and their families as well. By the way, we are all members of the same family of humans.

Monday, 7 August 2017

iEARN 2017 Morocco - Conference Diary - Final

So many things happened since we arrived!

  And now we are ready to enjoy the sun.

Last trip to the Souk Market 


Bye Morocco

Are you ready for the next conference?
You bet I am.