More than simply a paragon of Brazilian samba, Dona (Lady) Ivone Lara's 1981 Sorriso Negro (translated to Black Smile) is an album deeply embedded in the political and social tensions of its time. Released less than two years after the Brazilian military dictatorship approved the Lei de Anistia (the "Opening" that put Brazil on a path toward democratic governance), Sorriso Negro reflects the seminal shifts occurring within Brazilian society as former exiles reinforced notions of civil rights and feminist thought in a nation under the iron hand of a military dictatorship that had been in place since 1964. By looking at one of the most important samba albums ever recorded (and one that also happened to be authored by a black woman), Mila Burns explores the pathbreaking career of Dona Ivone Lara, tracing the ways in which she navigated the tense gender and race relations of the samba universe to ultimately conquer the masculine world of samba composers.
33 1/3 Global, a series related to but independent from 33 1/3, takes the format of the original series of short, music-basedbooks and brings the focus to music throughout the world. With initial volumes focusing on Japanese and Brazilian music, the series will also include volumes on the popular music of Australia/Oceania, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and more.
Dr. Mila Burns's new book, Dona Ivone Lara's Sorriso Negro (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), investigates Dona Ivone Lara's album to ask larger questions about feminist and black movements in the early 1980s Brazil. At the time, the country's long-lasting dictatorship was coming to an end and the Brazilian samba composer, a black woman, called for change in her lyrics.
Burns's interdisciplinary profile influences her research, with an emphasis on media, anthropology, and history. She is assistant professor in the Department of Latin American and Latino Studies at Lehman College at the City University of New York. For almost two decades, she has been a prominent journalist in Brazil and New York. She is currently the anchor and editor-in-chief of Globo Notícia Américas, a newscast dedicated to the Latino community broadcast at TV Globo International. She holds a M.A in Social Anthropology (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro), a M.A in Latin American Studies (Columbia University) and a Ph.D. in History (The Graduate Center, CUNY).
Paula Abreu was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro. As the Associate Director of Programming for City Parks Foundation, she is responsible for booking and curating music programs and pre-show lectures as part of the iconic SummerStage festival and Charlie Parker Jazz Festival. Prior to joining CPF, Abreu worked in production at the Red Hot Organization, and public programming at Lincoln Center’s festivals Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Midsummer Night Swing. She was inspired to pursue a career in the arts after working on a business project for six months in Angola, where she was exposed to the richness of the country’s culture and music. She holds a master’s degree in Performing Arts Administration from New York University.
Abreu has served as an artistic juror, panelist, speaker, or mentor for conferences such as SXSW (South by Southwest, Austin), WOMEX - World Music Expo (Womex 18 Jury: The 7 Samurai), APaMM (Asia Pacific Music Meeting, Korea), Porto Musical (Brazil), Moshito (South African Music Conference and Exhibition), AME (Atlantic Music Expo, Cape Verde), BOmm (Bogotá Music Market, Colombia), Wavelengths: APAP World Music Pre-Conference (New York), MusiConnect (Paris).
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Bethânia Gomes joined Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1992 as an apprentice in the Company, became a soloist in 2001, and was promoted to principal dancer in 2002. Ms. Gomes began her dance training in 1990 at the Dance Theatre of Harlem School. She has performed as a guest artist with Complexions, and danced with the Artist Formerly Known as Prince and the New Power Generation. At Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ms. Gomes has danced principal roles in Romeo and Juliet, Firebird, Le Corsaire, Return, South African Suite, Signs and Wonders, Adagietto #5, The Greatest, The Four Temperaments and Concerto in F. Me. Gomes had recently joined DTH Dancing Through Barriers® as a teaching artist. (Former Schools: PS 210 -Manhattan, Community Health of the Heights, etc))
Besides her career as a dancer, choreographer and dance teacher, Gomes works to preserve and distribute the works of her mother, Brazilian intellectual, activist, and feminist icon Beatriz Nascimento, who died in 1995.