Gabriel Leão

The Fall and Rebirth of Soccer ‘Emperor’ Adriano (OPINION)

Adriano Leite Ribeiro, known as “Adriano Imperador”, was once the greatest soccer player in Brazil. But he turned his back on the glitz and glamor of stardom, choosing instead to spend time in the favela of his boyhood—which sparked a racist and classist backlash in the Brazilian press.

  • Oct 20, 2022
  • 6:09 PM

The Censoring of Brazil’s Indigenous Voices (OPINION)

With deforestation and mining destroying the Amazon rainforest and authoritarianism threatening Brazilian democracy, the need to block the Bolsonaro administration’s persecution of Indigenous communities is more crucial than ever.

  • Aug 24, 2022
  • 2:19 PM

HBO’s ‘PCC: Poder Secreto’ Shows the Rise of South America’s Largest Criminal Organization

In an interview with Latino Rebels, veteran Brazilian filmmaker Joel Zito Araújo talks about the relevance of telling this story, the appeal of the PCC in impoverished areas, and how it is expanding its power across Latin America.

  • Jun 29, 2022
  • 1:53 PM

Brazilian Latinoness and the Pursuit of Cultural Identity in the US (OPINION)

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — In my high-school English language class in São Paulo, our teacher Agnaldo once raised the question of whether Brazilians saw themselves as “Latino” or not. After some lively discussion, Agnaldo informed us that, in the U.S., we would be seen as Latinos. This came as a surprise to many of my […]

  • Apr 25, 2022
  • 2:20 PM

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