Mississippi Masala (Mira Nair, 1991)

Video Art Still, Shikeith, 2014

Amani, Brooklyn, NY
Taken by Andre Uncut

James Brown released “I’m Black and I’m Proud” during the height of the Black Power Movement in the United States in 1968. Brown’s in-your-face approach to racial pride resonated in the U.S. ghettos as well as the slums abroad. Many black people, all around the world, embraced the Black Power soundtrack and consciousness. Working-class black cariocas (residents of Rio) of Zona Norte began using the English phrases “Black Power,” “brother” and “black is beautiful.” They played African-American soul records at their bailes (dances) and incorporated the lyrics and sounds into their music.
Learn more about soul music and the Black Power Movement in Brazil. 
Photo caption: Black Rio Scene by Almir Veiga

Andre Uncut, Brooklyn, NY