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Black Orfeus: Samba at the Thalia

Christopher Atamian | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Christopher Atamian

Marcel Camus' 1959 Golden Palme winner Black Orpheus is a study in filmmaking genius. Set against the background of Carnival in Rio in one of the out...

Homeless Blame World Cup For High Rent In Brazil

AP | ADRIANA GOMEZ LICON | Posted 07.08.2014 | World

SAO PAULO (AP) — Thousands of impoverished Brazilians are living illegally on land near the World Cup stadium where the opening match will be played...

World Cup of Terror

Jackie Townsend | Posted 07.07.2014 | Travel
Jackie Townsend

Brazilians are "getting out of dodge" during the World Cup. A very close friend and soccer soul mate of my husband's, who's Brazilian, whose family lives in Brazil, virtually said the same thing. "Don't go to Brazil," he wrote us in an email. "Don't go." But going we are.

North and South of Rio: From Parati to Buzios

Andrea R. Vaucher | Posted 06.23.2014 | Travel
Andrea R. Vaucher

There was no cell nor Internet reception, no television -- no distraction period -- and after a week spent aligning my physical and emotional rhythm to the universe's, I was ready to explore Brazil a little.

Rio Slum Erupts In Violence

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 04.23.2014 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A Rio de Janeiro slum erupted in violence late Tuesday following the killing of a popular local figure, with angry residents s...

Altair Faces Eviction – for the Third Time

Natalia Viana | Posted 06.22.2014 | World
Natalia Viana

The story of 60-year-old builder Altair Antunes Guimarães from Rio de Janeiro, illustrates a "collateral effect" of the mega-events in Rio that has fallen under the radar lately. With the first kick getting nearer -- less than 60 days now! -- people seem to have forgotten the thousands of families who at some point faced eviction to give way for the enlargement, improvement, or establishment of infrastructure for the 1-month tournament. The feeling is that the battles are lost to the construction companies, who indeed profited immensely during the construction of the stadiums -- and that families have by now resigned to leave their homes.

The Collaboration Everyone On The Internet Will Hate

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 04.11.2014 | Entertainment

Forget "I Dreamed a Dream" -- we always knew Fantine was meant to sing "My Humps." If will.i.am gets his wish, it might not be such a long shot. T...

WATCH: Rodrigo Santoro Opens Up About The Price He Pays To Work In Hollywood

The Huffington Post | Mandy Fridmann & Carolina Moreno | Posted 04.09.2014 | Latino Voices

Rodrigo Santoro ("300," "Lost," "Love Actually") lends his voice to the quirky and lovable Tulio in "Rio 2," a film the star says is close to his hear...

Sports: A Way to Promote Peace in Pakistan?

Mariam Khan | Posted 06.03.2014 | World
Mariam Khan

No one could have imagined that cricket, an Englishman's game would rule over the hearts and minds of those residing in the sub-continent. Eleven men...

One Step Forward, Ten Steps Back: On The Exoticization Of Rio's Favelas

Gabriela Kruschewsky | Posted 05.19.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriela Kruschewsky

Does "explore the narrow passageways and catch breathtaking views of unique architecture, mountains, and ocean" sound like the exception, or does it sound like a misguided brochure?

'Catadores' Give Carnival Costumes New Life

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 03.05.2014 | Latino Voices

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Elaine da Silva Moraes clambers up mounds of abandoned fabric, foam and feathers that minutes earlier were the essence of Rio ...

Rio Keeps Up Carnival Pace With Parties And Parades

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 03.04.2014 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Extraterrestrial toucan birds, neon green spacemen waving Brazilian flags and legions of scantily clad women and men dancing a...

Violent Clash Erupts In Rio Over Bus Fare Hike

AP | RENATA BRITO | Posted 02.07.2014 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Police and protesters violently clashed in Rio de Janeiro's main train station Thursday in a demonstration against a 10-cent h...

Is Pacification Increasing Violence Against Women in Rio's Favelas?

Juliana Schwartz | Posted 03.24.2014 | Latino Voices
Juliana Schwartz

It is unclear what is causing the increase in violence against women in Rio's favelas. But here is what I do know: Rio has one of the most blatant and fascinating systems of control when it comes to keeping poor people of color marginalized.

Violence Rattles Rio Shantytowns Ahead Of World Cup

Reuters | Posted 03.23.2014 | World

By Paulo Prada RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Daily shootouts are rattling two of Rio de Janeiro's slums, communities that until re...

Top 10 Places to Toast the New Year

Cheapflights | Posted 02.22.2014 | Travel
Cheapflights

Whether you're looking for a fresh way to ring in the New Year or you're a fan of more traditional celebrations, check out Cheapflights.com's top plac...

LOOK: Brazilians Fight For Topless Rights (NSFW)

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 12.21.2013 | Weird News

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A much-hyped protest for the right to go topless on Rio de Janeiro's beaches fell flat Saturday when only a handful of women b...

PHOTOS: Heavy Rain Causes Chaos In Rio

AP | Posted 12.12.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Torrential rains caused chaos and at least two deaths in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. Traffic was snarled, airports temporaril...

Brothel Raids Endanger Rio's Sex Workers

The Pulitzer Center | Lauren Wilks | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Lauren Wilks, for the Pulitzer Center “It’s safer to work in the terma,” says Juliana, a 31-year-old bleach-blonde with a face younger tha...

Rio Faces Water Shortages

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 10.30.2013 | Latino Voices

RIO DE JANEIRO -- RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Taps were dry across a wide swath of Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday, some for nearly a week straight, prompting a...

Thousands Of Caimans Thrive In Rio's Sewage-Like Lagoons

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 10.17.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO -- RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Oh, the glories of Rio that await spectators and athletes at the 2016 Olympics: those beaches, that music, t...

Number Of Missing In Rio Skyrockets

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Anderson de Souza turned back after bounding down a dark maze of passageways in Rio de Janeiro's sprawl...

From Istanbul to Rio to Philly, This Democracy Thing Is Broken

Will Bunch | Posted 08.18.2013 | Politics
Will Bunch

In both Turkey and Brazil, it has been the reckless brutality of the security forces -- captured on smartphones and broadcast to a whole world that's watching -- that has caused the protests to grow. Will the United States go down the same road?

LOOK: How The Beautiful Game Is 'Building Better Citizens' In Rio's Slums

AP | Posted 06.13.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO -- The field is just dirt and the incandescent lights aren't that bright. But when the boys' feet strike the ball in the Sao Carlos sl...

Foodies Go Off The Beaten Path In Rio's Slums

AP | JENNY BARCHFIELD | Posted 05.27.2013 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Adriana Peixoto would fit right in at the trendiest Rio de Janeiro bar with her hipster glasses and the big black tattoos on her cal...