VIDEO | Feminist themes and odes to African roots during carnival

The show also introduces you to local traditions, explains an ongoing crisis, and teaches you another delicious recipe

Translated by: Ítalo Piva

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Women leading the "bateria", the drums that are iconic to carnival - Screen capture/Double

This week, in What’s Happening in Brazil, see how the country’s biggest celebration, Carnival, was used a platform to protest Jair Bolsonaro’s ultraconservative government, showcase the feminist struggle, and honor the African roots of the Brazilian people. The three biggest samba schools in Rio the Janeiro, the epicenter of Carnival, celebrated Afro-Brazilian religions.

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In our culture talk segment, we discuss Iemanjá, the ocean goddess of Afro-Brazilian traditions. Learn from researchers about her origins, connections to other powerful feminine entities worldwide, and discover a new book about the figure by artist and illustrator Marlene Crespo.

In our story of the week, delve into how the economic crisis, lack of jobs and wage stagnation, are forcing working people into programs initially intended for the homeless, and most vulnerable sectors of society.

Finally, learn a delicious local recipe, and enjoy some tasty yam cookies.

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Edited by: Ítalo Piva

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