The first cases of AIDS in Brazil were diagnosed in São Paulo and
    Rio de Janeiro in 1983. Today the country has one of the highest numbers of AIDS cases in
    the world and more than twice as many AIDS cases than any other South American country.
    Today there is an increasing number of women, adolescents, and people with a low income,
    low level of education becoming infected with HIV. One way of reaching out is through
    community-based HIV prevention programs and the distribution of condoms.
    By Brazzil Magazine

    I only have one question to make: Why do you make Brazil look soooo disgusting?!? All
    the women are always naked and the songs are always the worst. You should be ashamed of
    putting these kinds of things in your magazine as if the US didn’t have these things. I
    guess you haven’t been watching the Jerry Springer show lately!

    Via Internet

    What About
    the Kids?

    I am very concerned for the safety, health, education, civil rights, housing, and
    nutrition of street children in Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. I would like
    more current information about them and how we all can help. The economic crisis in Brazil
    may place street children in further peril. I am a member of Amnesty International and a
    contributor to Covenant House. Please, send me information on the Brazil Project of the
    International Child Resource Institute (ICRI) in Berkeley, CA. Apathy and feelings of
    hopelessness and powerlessness in the face of human suffering and persecution are truly
    deadly forces in this world! I am also very concerned for gay street children.

    Richard E. Shannahan, Jr.
    Lutherville, Maryland


    I owe Bruce Gilman the best interview of my life. ("Persistence of Vision,"
    December 1998, on Kuarup record company). I got the magazine and I was very pleased with
    the result. Thank you very much for the treatment given to the copy. Perfect.

    Mário de Aratanha
    Kuarup founder and owner
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


    I enjoyed very much reading Kirsten Weinoldt article about bossa nova. I
    remember being young when it all started. Mother did not like it and called it "bosta
    nova." She preferred our Gaúcho music anyway. Thanks for printing the
    lyrics of the main songs. They are so innocent, especially when compared to the garbage
    they write today. I wonder why the lyrics in English are so different and in many cases
    not so pretty. A very well done article indeed. Thanks, Kirsten! I enjoyed her article on
    Vovô also.

    Geoniora G. Oliveira
    Fountain Valley, California

    for Ilê

    I just saw Kirsten Weinoldt’s Ilê Aiyê article in Brazzil magazine and wanted
    to say I really liked it. And it’s nice to see them getting coverage in English. I added a
    link to the piece on the "Brazilian Artists" page in the MPB Zone web site.

    Chris McGowan
    Los Angeles, California


    I am a native Carioca living in Los Angeles for 18½ years. I have just read
    John Miller’s article "How to Become a Carioca" and must say am delighted
    with his impressions of Rio. I found them to be very truthful, with a great sense of
    humor. He seems to have captured the essence of Rio with a light and curious approach
    rather than critical. Perhaps because he knows this is a temporary situation? I sure no
    longer have the same kind of patience when I visit. Please let me know if he has other
    articles on Brazil and how I can access them, will you?

    Teresa Kratzer
    Tarzana, California


    I’m 17 years old and I live in São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro. I was searching for some
    information about Brazilian politics in English for my American friend. And fortunately, I
    found John Miller’s nice and funny article on Rio. Most of the foreigners here seem to be
    scared about the city. But he can make those usual facts from our city be something fun to
    read. Rio has so many problems, but when I go to the beach, or talk to my Carioca
    friends, it feels like I’m in paradise. It’s a paradox.

    André Arruda
    Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


    I’m an American living in Las Vegas. I’m visiting an old girlfriend in Rio in June for
    three weeks. I just wanted to tell how much I enjoyed John Miller’s article on Rio,
    especially about the caipirinha. I used to hang out with Meli (my girlfriend) and
    other Brazilians when I lived in Philadelphia with her. They love to drink!

    Eric Hoffman
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    No Pics,

    I really like your magazine. I spent a couple of years living in Rio Grande do Sul and
    appreciate the opportunity to keep up on what’s going on in Brazil. I get your magazine
    through Pointcast at work. My only complaint is the Rapidinhas section. Standards of
    pornography are more strict in the USA, and that section often contains pictures
    containing nudity. I realize that in Brazil it’s no problem, but my employer here would
    have a big problem with it. I would prefer to see that section appear without photos, at
    least on the Pointcast version. Thanks again for the news and information you provide.

    John Green
    Salt Lake City, Utah

    Fact or

    I have read of a woman of Bahia named Mãe Zeferina in the early 1800s who supposedly
    led a Yoruba community in a slave revolt. I have not been able to find anymore information
    on her and am beginning to believe that she was simply made up. Would anyone happen to
    know anything about this individual? I am seeking to conduct research on Caribbean and
    Brazilian Female Freedom Fighters who either led slave revolts or liberation raids on
    plantations. Any assistance would be much appreciated.

    Djehuti Sundaka

    Food for

    I hope you don’t mind me contacting you out of the blue. I am based in Paris, France
    and I am researching for a French documentary film information on the Villas Boas
    brothers. I found a couple of very interesting articles on them among your Web pages
    dating 1998 but I wondered whether you had an article on their whole action since the
    Roncador-Xingu expedition. If you don’t, which source can I contact?

    Catherine Piante
    Paris, France

    A Shepherd
    for the Times

    I always enjoy Brazzil, it is the finest e-zine on the Net. I was heartened by
    Priest Marcelo Rossi. This is what the Church needs so very much. This is the hope of the
    Church, priests like this. Thank you for your continuing superb job. Truly the treasure of
    the Internet is Brazzil!

    Via Internet

    Is Over

    It was about time we had a magazine all about Brazil (in English). Many times, I look
    for information about Brazil to pass it on to curious American friends, but it all ends up
    in frustration. Congratulations for the idea.

    Jorge Ferreira
    Pikeville, North Carolina


    Hello, I’m a second-year student at Brown University. I have over four years experience
    in print design and now have a portfolio of Web design. I just received a copy of your
    magazine. I love the content a lot, because I am studying Portuguese and am planning to go
    to PUC-Rio this coming August.

    However, I think I could give you some tips as to how to design the publication. I am
    looking for an internship-type position for the summer. Do you need an intern? My brother
    lives in LA so I could relocate there for a couple of months. I have experience writing
    journalistically, and would be interested in perhaps contributing once I go to Brazil. I
    realize these may be bold requests, but I noticed that you said your operation consists of
    "one person and a few volunteers," so I thought I would give it a shot. Thanks
    in advance.

    Janet Gunter


    I own a group of small communication companies, including a radio (FM and online), four
    newspapers (two online only, one printed with regional reach and one that will be printed
    and distributed in England starting in February). I’m talking about The Brazilian,
    already online at http://www.thebrazilian.com, a newspaper for Brazilians living abroad.

    Since we apparently have the same target but do not compete directly with each other, I
    was wondering if you’d like to make an informal partnership. We could exchange links
    between our sites and later try to develop some promotion together.

    Marcel Leal

    Can’t you find Brazzil
    at your Brazilian consulate? Don’t ask us why, ask the consulate.

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