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Brazilian fans of the Netflix series ‘Dear White People’ get a special treat: Lead character Sam speaks about Afro-Brazilian heroes Zumbi and Dandara on Brazil’s Day of Black Consciousness


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Note from BW of Brazil: Well, well, surprise, SURPRISE!! In a few previous article, we’ve shown how the Netflix series Dear White People, known as Cara Gente Branca in Brazil, has earned a loyal following in Brazil. With all of the race-related controversies that Afro-Brazilians deal with on a regular basis, it’s not hard to see why the series would be popular in Brazil. Even more so considering the treatment that many Afro-Brazilians report when attending universities across the country.

So imagine the surprise fans in Brazil must have had when the watched the November 20th episode of the series when the lead character, Sam, did a broadcast on her radio show about historical heroes of the Afro-Brazilian struggle, Zumbi and Dandara of Palmares, on the very Day of Black Consciousness, which is celebrated precisely because of Zumbi! Sam even makes reference to the phrase “It’s a black thing” (É coisa de preto), a well-known phrase in both the United States and Brazil and that recently became the center of controversy when a popular Globo TV journalist used the phrase in a disparaging manner earlier in the month. I have to wonder, was Sam’s usage of this phrase just coincidental or did someone involved with the show know about this controversy and added it to the script because they knew it was another element that black Brazilians would pick up on…

Check the story and video clip below…

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Netflix series ‘Dear White People’ discuss Afro-Brazilian heroes Zumbi and Dandara on the Day of Black Consciousness in Brazil

Dear White People: The story of Dandara and Zumbi dos Palmares, according to the Netflix series

“I have a superhero story to tell.”

By Amauri Terto

“Also, is there a Zumbi movie in production right now? That would be badass!”

Dear White People fans were surprised this Monday (20) with a scene from the Netflix series made especially for Brazil.

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On the program, Sam discusses the Palmares quilombo on the very Day of Black Consciousness in which this history is remembered in Brazil

the star of Dear White People made a video talking about the Day of Black Consciousness in Brazil and telling the story of Dandara and Zumbi dos Palmares ❤

In a video shared on social networks, the protagonist of the drama, Samantha (Logan Browning), presents the story of Zumbi, leader of the quilombo of Palmares, whose trajectory gave birth to the Day of Black Consciousness in Brazil.

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The star of Dear White People made a video talking about the Day of Black Consciousness in Brazil and telling the history of Dandara and Zumbi dos Palmares ❤

“In the 17th century, there was a quilombo called Palmares with more than 30,000 African slaves who managed to escape,” says the character’s narration at the beginning of the video.

“The leader, Zumbi, was so famous for his physical strength and battle skills that some people thought he was literally immortal,” Sam says.

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Still from November 20th ‘Dear White People’ episode

In the sequence, she points out that the leader is considered a symbol of the slave resistance in Brazil, “as his wife, Dandara, should also be.”

The character also alerts that the Day of Black Consciousness should be a date to “recognize injustices, honor warriors and remember the many contributions black people made to Brazilian culture.”

In the end, Sam hints:

“Also, is there a Zumbi movie in production right now? That would be badass!”

The series based on the film of the same name, by Justin Simien, Dear White People (Cara Gente Branca in Brazil) exposes the racial tensions, social and political injustices that occur in the University of Winchester, an elite institution dominated by white students.

In this scenario, one of the main activists is Sam, who runs a radio program that bothers many college students.

Critical success and controversial reception from the public, the Netflix series has been upgraded to a second season set to debut in 2018.

Source: Huff Post Brasil

One comment on “Brazilian fans of the Netflix series ‘Dear White People’ get a special treat: Lead character Sam speaks about Afro-Brazilian heroes Zumbi and Dandara on Brazil’s Day of Black Consciousness

  1. Mike
    November 26, 2017

    I know this show means well but the truth is that DWP is supported by White liberals with a White liberal agenda. It was also created by a Black gay liberal man. The main character doesn’t even practice what she preaches and has a White boyfriend while sounding Pro-Black. I don’t know why Black Brazilians love this show so much. SMH.

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