For the first time in Brazil, two black journalists will host a news program together
It’s shameful that in this day and age we can still point out events when a black woman, man or child is recognized for being the first of their race to have done this or that. But there are still so many areas in which we can see this or are still waiting for this to happen in a giving area. The media is an excellent example of this.
While the presence in the mainstream media is still rather minuscule, there have been and are a number of well-known and respected Afro-Brazilian journalists, both male and female. But I don’t ever remember seeing two black journalists co-host a news program on a major television network. I still remember all of fuss that was made when Maria Júlia Coutinho became the first black woman to host the weather reported on Globo TV’s top-rated news program, Jornal Nacional.
But typically, in Brazil’s media, having a small minority of Afro-Brazilians on a television production is pretty standard procedure. There have to be one, two or a handful so that no one can say there aren’t any black folks on TV, but they’ll always be outnumbered by persons with a European appearance by a count of something like 5-10 to 1. Well, unless it’s a novela based in the era of slavery. You’ll see plenty of black folks in those productions, even if they’re mostly extras.
Of course, when I usually speak of Brazil’s mainstream media here, the big three, Globo, Record and SBT, are the usual suspects. But the airwaves have a number of other networks, including Rede TV!, which is the focus of today’s post.
My sources are telling me that, tomorrow night, Saturday, August 4th, at 9:30pm, the network will make history by presenting a black journalist couple as hosts of a news program when Luciana Camargo and Rodrigo Cabral will sit side by side and present the Rede TV! News.
The funny thing is, often when I’m returning home and I stop off at auntie’s house, she and her husband are usually watching Rede TV News and I always happen to catch the segment when the black weather girl presents forecasts. Every time I see her I wonder, “who is she?” I happened to search for her online yesterday and discover that her name is, you guessed it, Luciana Camargo. She is Rede TV’s regular weather girl and occasionally fills in as news host when the regulars Amanda Klein and Boris Casoy are away.
On Saturday, Luciana will team with Rodrigo Cabral, a journalist from Rede TV’s affiliate station in the city of Belo Horizonte who will come to São Paulo for this special assignment.
And what a special assignment it is! A historic mark in Brazil’s history of journalism. Two black hosts presenting the news at the same time. It only took about 60 years, so what’s the big deal?