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The Rolezinhos Take Over Brazil’s Malls

If you are a teenager and you live in one of Brazil’s urban informal settlements,or favelas, there’s not a lot of places you can go to hang out with your friends. Recently, teens have taken to organizing rolezinhos – mass meet-ups in upscale shopping malls, organized via social media.

Over time, these innocent gatherings have become something more. As protest movements grow in Brazil in the lead up to the World Cup, the rolezinhos have taken on a political character – a forum for combating the racism and social exclusion that pervades Brazilian society.

 

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Melaina SpitzerMelaina Spitzer is a freelance reporter living in Brazil.  Based in South America since 2008, Melaina has reported from Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil on the environment, human rights, and social conflicts. Her radio reports have aired on the BBC/PRI’s The World, NPR’s Morning Edition, and APM’s Marketplace.  In addition to her work as a journalist, Melaina is the Director of the Academy of the Sea, a non-profit dedicated to socio-environmental education and innovation in Brazil’s coastal communities.

 

 

 

Feature photo by Melania Spitzer

Brazilians Go To The Dogs

If you walk around Manhattan’s Upper East Side, you’ll see many dogs along with the walkers hired to take care of them. You may also notice that a majority of them are speaking Portuguese. Reporter Matt Draper set out to investigate why this niche market is dominated by Brazilians.

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Matt Draper is a multimedia journalist. Draper, who has worked as a freelance writer and editor for many years, has covered a range of subjects: He’s written about senior athletes competing in an ultramarathon in Costa Rica; reported on the financial impact of the World Cup; and covered subway protests in New York City. He received his master’s degree from the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Draper’s work has been published in the Huffington Post, The Daily, New York Post, Competitor magazine and Sports Business Journal, among other publications.

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