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Rio’s Culturally Connected Favelas

Opinion, by Michael Kerlin

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Last week, a friend in one of Rio’s favelas posted a Facebook update about Red Hot Chili Peppers coming to Rock in Rio. A few years ago, I might have found this young man’s Facebook presence and the post itself surprising, but these days it stands as a perfect example of just how connected and culture savvy some of the poorest Cariocas are.

Last week, in the midst of the big music . . .

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