A bold Brazilian melodrama that moves to the rhythm of the streets, “Antonia” traces a year in the lives of four young women who form a rap group and fend off tragedy. Tired of singing backup to male rap stars, Preta (Negra Li), Lena (Cindy), Barbarah (Leilah Moreno) and Mayah (Quelynah) — all successful musicians in real life — rehearse their own music and acquire an agent. But when the group falls prey to brutal violence, internal jealousies and an unplanned pregnancy, the girls learn that escape from poverty will require more than fierce rhymes. The third feature in a trilogy by Tata Amaral, “Antonia” pulses with color and movement. Filmed in the São Paulo suburb of Vila Brasilândia, the movie has an earthy realism underscored by naturalistic performances and a restless camera. Maximizing her nonprofessional cast of Brazilian hip-hop performers, the director fills the soundtrack with a vibrant blend of R&B, soul and rap. When the group sings an a cappella version of “Killing Me Softly,” you may forget to breathe. via
Kelly Mizrahi (and Leiomy) speaking about violence against gay and trans* People of Color. She highlights the disparity in the treatment and coverage for Black queer people facing the violence versus that of white people.
Black usian people are soooo superstitious and extremely spiritual… Like they be real connected to spirits and stuff.. and I think a lot of times it’s masked by christianity.. But some their christian beliefs conflict with what they feel spiritually.. And it’s ‘something’ to see them navigate that..
Like I can hear my mother talking about the bible and christian beliefs in the same sentence where she talks about the beliefs behind veiled births which don’t have anything to do with the euro-christian beliefs she’s been taught..
Brazil’s booming economy brings many African migrants to its shores, but once there does the dream of a better life die?
The booming economic juggernaut in Brazil has transformed lives. It has also acted as a beacon attracting migrants from all over the world, including the former Portuguese colony of Angola.
Expecting to find a vast multicultural embrace, Angolan immigrant Badharo instead finds barriers and even racism in Rio.
So he turns to music as a way to express his disappointment, pain and outrage.
Set against the tragic death of a young Angolan student, we experience the frustrations Badharo and his family face as their Brazilian dreams encounter a very different reality.
Among those migrants leaving Africa, particularly Angolans, Brazil has become an increasingly popular destination over the traditional choice of Europe - due in part to a shared history as a Portuguese colony but also in light of recent economic hurdles and a rising wave of xenophobia in Europe.
Brazil’s booming economy coupled with attractive immigration policies and support for student visas, has also served to draw in these migrants. However, there has been a spike in racism and violence targeting the black population of Brazil, including these Angolan migrants.
Since 2008, the rate of homicides involving young black men is 127.6 percent higher than those involving whites.
Broadway veteran and Tony Winner Lillias White sings showstopper “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl (1964) with music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Bob Merrill. This performance was featured in the Second Annual Benefit Concert for the Actors’ Fund on September 23rd, 2002, which played at the New Amsterdam Theatre. The cast included 13 different actresses taking turns playing the leading role of Fanny Brice, they included: Carolee Carmello, Kristin Chenoweth, Sutton Foster, Ana Gasteyer, Jane Krakowski, Judy Kuhn, LaChanze, Ricki Lake, Andrea Martin, Idinia Menzel, Julia Murney, and Bebe Neuwirth. The benefit was directed by Peter Flynn and co-choreographed by Devanand N. Janki and Robert Tatad.
The New Amsterdam Theatre was a perfect choice for the benefit. Funny Girl is based on the life of comedian Fanny Brice, a headliner in the famous Ziegfeld Follies. The annual series of lavish revues moved to the New Amsterdam in 1913.
Lillias White’s Selected Broadway Credits Fela! (2009) The Life (1997) Chicago (1996) How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1995) Once on this Island (1990) Dreamgirls (1981, 1987 Revival) Barnum (1980)