Integration Headlines

Some headlines on Brazil are more fit for a Vin Diesel worldview than they are fit to print, but we admire their enthusiasm: Brazil teeming with crack users and sales. Brazil Widens Human Flesh-Filled Empanada Probe. Jetman soars over Rio. For the real deal on Rio, read these stories from the rising class of foreign […]

CastleRock SexyFunk

Rio’s new police forces may have shut down the famed funk parties in Vidigal and Rocinha, but the Sunday night funk party in Rio das Pedras has been going hard for years. Since Rio’s pacification forces (UPP) have been retaking control of strategically located and highly visible favelas like Vidigal and Rocinha from drug traffickers, they’ve also […]

This is a Favela

Favela does not mean “slum,” and contrary to what you might read in ESPN, the entire city of Rio is not big blazing war zone. Favela has no direct translation, but the proper word these days is “community,” and a full third of Rio’s 6 million citizens live in “communities,” probably more if there were […]