Mbungu Nlandu Ange lost his wife and children and his freedom when his village of Makombo, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was attacked by men in army uniforms. That night, 321 people were brutally killed and another 250 were made captive to walk in a human herd in the African jungle for two months.
Fans of Rage Against the Machine made history in 2009 when ‘Killing in the Name’ reached number one on Christmas day, ahead of the predicted number one X-Factor single by Joe McElderry.
Losing a loved one unexpectedly is always a tragedy, but even more so when their death is guised with cruel rumours in the mainstream press. When 96 Liverpool FC fans were crushed to death in Hillsborough in 1989, in what was supposed to be nothing more than a fun day at the football, the Sun’s front page the next day was not only staggeringly disrespectful in the way it was presented but it created deep wounds that have endured for two decades of campaigning for justice – a battle to have the truth recognized as the official version of events.
This week, Rio de Janeiro’s most famous favela was occupied and pacified by authorities without a single gunshot. Rocinha, with a population of 120,000 people and a reputation of bloody gang violence, had been deserted by the government, like most grounds of its kind, since its birth in the 1920’s.
Beyoncé is without a doubt one of the most powerful women in the world. Possessing talent and determination from an early age, she conquered an enormous fan base, sold millions of records, bagged dozens of awards and influenced pop singers all over the world. Her stage presence has made her famous all over and there is no doubt she is a role model to little girls in the United States and beyond. But looking at her most recent endeavours, is she sending the right message?
Hosting the World Cup is most certainly an honour for any country, but when Brazil was chosen to pick up the check in 2014 the excitement was tangible in almost every nation. Brazil has always been known for its passion for football and its talented footballers – unfortunately there is more than reputation involved in hosting an event of such a scale.
After ten years of absence from the city where it was originated, the festival Rock in Rio comes back to its roots next week. The internationalization of the festival deprived Rio de Janeiro of music festivals for years; but now, the music is back full throttle.
In Brazil, a 55,000 m² book fair celebrates the written word for a week once a year by gathering the biggest publishing companies in the country and in Latin America. This year’s event, currently in Rio de Janeiro, launches 1,000 new titles, features 950 exhibitors and will attract an estimated 640,000 visitors.
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The end of the Harry Potter saga has left a franchise-shaped hole in Hollywood and the search for the next big series has started. What story will next capture the hearts of people all around the world?
An online petition to have Bert and Ernie to tie the knot on Sesame Street has sparked discussion on when children should be taught about sexual orientation. Sesame Street has been on the air for 42 years and the relationship between the two muppets who live together and sleep in the same bedroom has been long speculated by older viewers of the show. New York, where the show is set, has just legalized gay marriage last June and pro-gay activist from Illinois Lair Scott, who started the petition, thinks this is the opportunity to teach children about it.
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