By Mariela Rosario | 05/20/2011 - 16:30
The Guinness Book of World Records recently declared that 114-year-old Maria Gomes Valentim, a resident of Brazil, is officially the world's oldest living human! Brazilian culture has given so many wonderful things to the world, and people there are clearly happy, or they would not be living to be 114.
From caipirinhas to samba—the stand-out South American country has got it going on! Here's why:
By Angie Romero | 05/09/2011 - 19:04
Brazil has never been a country that is afraid of defiance. Remember when they broke Merck’s patent on the AIDS drug efivarenz in 2007 in favor of a much cheaper, generic kind, in essence giving the middle finger to pharma giants?
Now, in a watershed moment for gay rights activists, the country’s Supreme Court has ruled that the legal rights of same-sex couples must be recognized, just as those of heterosexual couples are when it comes to alimony, retirement benefits, and inheritances, among others —all of which has drawn condemnation from the Roman Catholic Church.
By Amaris Castillo | 04/12/2011 - 14:45
—Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, the Spanish director behind 28 Weeks Later, will direct a reinvention of the film The Crow. Expected to start production this fall, the 1994 film is an adaption of the comic book series by James O’Barr and starred Brandon Lee, the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/23/2011 - 15:30
President Obama just wrapped up his first trip as President of the United States to Latin America. He had to cut his trip a little short due to the crisis in Libya and the decision to intervene, but he was still able to hit all his planned stops in Brazil, Chile and El Salvador.
With his whole family in tow, President Obama met with President Dilma Rousseff, Sebastian Pinera and Mauricio Funes before hopping back on Air Force One to return to Washington DC.
By Lee Hernandez | 03/21/2011 - 12:30
It's widely known that the new Brazil-set animated movie, Rio (in theaters April 15th) boasts A-list talent like George Lopez, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx and Jesse Eisenberg.
By Mariela Rosario | 03/17/2011 - 16:00
Despite many assumptions that President Barack Obama would cancel his Latin American tour after the terrible earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan last week, the White House recently announced his intentions to move forward with the trip. “Every day you’re president there’s a world event somewhere. The American people understand and expect their president can walk and chew gum at the same time,” said White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer.
By Grace Bastidas | 03/07/2011 - 14:00
Carnival kicked off this weekend, which means it’s time to let loose before Lent rolls around. Not that you have to be Catholic to indulge in a little church-sanctioned debauchery. Hedonists of all stripes can party at celebrations all across Latin America. Just pick your destination.
By Irasema Romero | 02/11/2011 - 13:45
Brazilian soccer player Daniel Alves says he deals with racism at almost every one of the matches he plays with La Liga franchise FC Barcelona. The Associated Press reports that futbol fans regularly subject the 27-year-old defender to racial insults, including “monkey.”
By Johanna Ferreira | 02/01/2011 - 14:02
- Things got a little out of hand when Christina arrived in Brazil this weekend. Hundreds of fans waited for her at the airport and lined the streets just to see her arrive. The pop star tried plowing through the crowd but was mobbed in the process! Scary stuff!