#1 Daniela Gomes breaks down race, racism and hip hop in Brazil PART 1
I knew of Daniela Gomes two years before I actually met her in person. Back then, her blog post on the perceptions of Afro-Brazilian women in the African-American community was the first post I ever read on the Black Women in Brazil blog . In an eloquent post, she explained how the oversexed, prostitute perception of Afro-Brazilian women is just a mirage. . Daniela had just started her Ph.d in African and African Diaspora studies at the University of Texas-Austin. At the time I didn’t realize how unique it was for an Afro-Brazilian woman to be studying for a PH.d at an American usual. Think about it. Brazil just opened up quotas (or Affirmative Action) for Afro-Brazilian graduate students last year. Up until now, all the graduate research on Afro-Brazilian topics has typically been completed by non-Afro-Brazilians. Daniela is writing her thesis on hip hop in São Paulo.
When I started telling people I was going to be moving to Brazil, her name would always pop up in conversations as someone doing great work in the area of Afro-Brazilian rights. You must meet Daniela Gomes! Finally, I just added her on Facebook. I learned how fiery she is on Facebook with her constant commentary on the latest racial snafus. I finally met her in person last November at the Trofeu Raça Negra awards in São Paulo.
I always knew she would be on the podcast. When I finally interviewed her, I knew that she would be the person to initiate the podcast. Daniela is an Afro-Brazilian woman and this podcast will feature Afro-Brazilian issues, culture and people. But she is also an Afro-Brazilian woman who understands Black America. So she is able to explain the cultural differences between the two with ease. Our conversation in this two-part podcast will help you as a listener (who is not from Brazil) to understand Brazil.
In just over two hours we discussed the following:
1) How African-American men view Afro-Brazilian women
2) How she realized that she was an Afro-Brazilian woman at the age of 12
3) How she made it to college from her South São Paulo neighborhood.
4) Hip Hop in São Paulo
Please be sure to connect with Daniela on the internets.
Daniela’s Blog: http://afroatitudes.blogspot.com.br/
Daniela Gomes’ Twitter: https://twitter.com/danielagomesjor
Daniela Gomes’ Biography
Daniela Gomes is from São Paulo, Brazil and is a PhD candidate in African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas – Austin. Daniela received her Masters degree in Cultural Studies at the University of São Paulo as well as did a Graduate course in Media, Information and Culture. Ms. Gomes received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the Methodist University of São Paulo.
Daniela is an activist in the Afro-Brazilian Movement and has worked closely with the communications and international affairs department at Zumbi dos Palmares College since 2004. Zumbi dos Palmares is the only Black college in Brazil. Ms. Gomes has written for Afirmativa Plural magazine, the international news agency Afrobras and the talk show Negros em Foco. As Administrator of International Affairs, Daniela has managed Zumbi dos Palmares’ relationships and programs with HBCUs and numerous global partnerships across the African Diaspora.
Ms. Gomes’ wrote her master thesis entitled, “The Sound of the Diaspora: The Influence of American Black Music in the São Paulo Black Cultural Scene” as well as developed several lectures at universities in the U.S. and Brazil. Daniela presented a talk on Racism and Xenophobia in Latin America at the United Nations 5th session of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary Standards in Geneva, Switzerland in August 2013.
To complement Daniela’s efforts to build international bridges in the fight against racism around the globe, she participated in the course of Theoretical and Political Questions of the Diaspora, hosted by University of Texas in partnership with the State University of Rio de Janeiro and the non-profit Criola.
Ms. Gomes was also one of 10 participants selected from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to take part in the First Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent in 2011.