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For the Children Lost to Police Violence

Mothers of children lost to police violence took action in Rio de Janeiro for Julho Negro (Black July). Black July...

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The Rich Don’t Care

The rich don’t care about you or me, but they are starting to care about the land under us, at...

What is Carioca?

What is Carioca?

The term carioca is used to describe people who were born in Rio de Janeiro. It’s is derived from the indigenous Tupi...

Portraits of Life in the World’s Slums

Slums are the squalid and overcrowded urban streets or districts inhabited by very poor people. They are rife with crime,...

Would You Spend the Night in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro?

Would You Spend the Night in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro?

My new international crime thriller, Renegade Pawn, immerses you in the murky world of the typical youth living in the...

Ride a moto-taxi through the favelas of Rio

Ride a moto-taxi through the favelas of Rio

If you ever visit Rio de Janeiro, taking a moto-taxi ride up to the top of Rocinha is an adrenaline-pumping...

RACISM and RIO…

It used to be that no matter what your background — Asian, African or European — you can fit in...

The Difference in USA Slums versus Rio de Janeiro’s Favelas

There are fundamental differences between the slums of America and the slums of other regions of the world. Let’s talk...

A Word about the Homeless

I am a compassionate person.  My wife and I live in downtown Chicago. We walk past people with homeless signs...

Danger and Rio

Tragedy and Beauty comingled Brazil is certainly one of the most violent countries in the world. In 2012, 56,337 people...