Luiz Pinto, who has been fighting eviction for decades, at home with his dog. (Carolina Ramirez/The Huffington Post)
When Luiz Pinto was growing up, his parents wouldn’t let the family talk about slavery. The issue raised ugly memories.
Pinto’s grandmother was born into slavery. She threw herself into a river before Pinto was born, taking her own life after the son of a wealthy, white landowner raped her. The subjects of slavery and racism became taboo in the Pinto household, a sprawling set of orange brick homes perched on a hilltop where Rio de Janeiro’s famed statue of Christ the Redeemer is visible in the distance through the trees.
“I only knew her from photographs,” says Pinto, a 72-year-old samba musician.
These days, Brazil’s legacy of slavery takes up much of Pinto’s time. He travels across the state of Rio de Janeiro and back and forth to the capital in Brasília, more than 700 miles away, to lobby for the land rights of people who live in communities said to be founded by runaway slaves. Such communities are known in Portuguese as “quilombos.” According to Brazilian law, residents of quilombos have a constitutional right to land settled by their ancestors — and that right, though rarely fulfilled, is quietly revolutionizing the country’s race relations.
In the past year, as all eyes turned toward Brazil in anticipation of the World Cup, international media offered ample coverage of the country’s staggering inequality. Reports have highlighted the stark contrast between Brazil’s hardscrabble slums and its glittering soccer stadiums. What has received less attention is the civil rights movement gradually gaining momentum throughout the country.
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Comic Con was awesome.
UNAPOLOGETICALLY STRONG: MARK WAID & TERRY DODSON TALK ‘STAR WARS: PRINCESS LEIA’ [INTERVIEW]
By Andy Khouri
Earlier this year, it was announced somewhat controversially but unsurprisingly that the Star Wars comic book license would be leaving Dark Horse, its home of more than 20 years, and moving to Marvel Comics. This was not a surprise, as once Marvel corporate parent Disney bought Star Wars owner Lucasfilm, fans felt it was only a matter of time before Marvel announced that it would produce its own original Star Wars comics for the first time decades. But no one knew what exactly Marvel would actually dowith Star Wars.
Saturday at Comic-Con International, Marvel announced no fewer than three new Star Wars series to the San Diego crowd: two ongoings titled Star Wars and Star Wars: Darth Vader, and a miniseries called Star Wars: Princess Leia.
Princess Leia is, of course, one of the most famous characters in science fiction, and very arguably the most famous female character. She’s iconic, recognizable, and quotable. Leia is a character with a lot of implied depth that the Star Wars movies didn’t fully explore, even across three films in which she appeared. Of course, hardcore Star Wars fans could tell you a lot about Leia’s numerous adventures in the Expanded Universe of novels, comics and games, but as evidenced by Marvel’s plans to start anew with its own adventures that are fully canonical with the films and new animated series, there’s something to be said for offering film fans a fresh start with this most important character.
That start is to be facilitated by some of American superhero comics’ most popular creators: writer Mark Waid and penciller Terry Dodson, who along with editor Jordan D. Whitespoke with ComicsAlliance about their auspicious new gig.