“My soul is freed.”

Blush is applied to anxious cheekbones.  Heels are slipped on.  Contestants line up for the chance to capture–or defend–the title.  But this Rio beauty pageant isn’t one you can hope to glimpse on television.  It’s held within the walls of the Talavera Bruce penitentiary in Rio.  For the contestants, women serving prison time for various offenses, this is a rare and bittersweet opportunity to express beauty and spend time with family.

INSIDE A BRAZILIAN PRISON BEAUTY PAGEANT

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Mangaratiba: Thirty Islands and A Hundred Beaches

Located along the southern shoreline of Rio State, Mangaratiba offers more than 30 islands and 100 beaches, only 100 kilometers away from Rio de Janeiro!  Whatever you fancy–live music, bars, restaurants, calm waters, or a chilled environment–Mangaratiba has it!

MANGARATIBA: THE GATEWAY OF RIO’S STUNNING ‘COSTA VERDE’

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“Strange–and Very Sad”

“Strange–and very sad” is how 25-year old student and community activist Buba Aguiar describes the role that technology is playing in the quest to increase safety in RIO according to today’s featured article.  Every day before leaving home, Aguiar uses a mobile application called Fogo Cruzado to inform her of any nearby violence.  Read on for more on how technology is helping to crowdsource crime data in order to keep people safe.

RIO’S FAVELAS ARE CROWDSOURCING CRIME DATA TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE

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Transforming Communities Through Art

As part of a TED Radio Hour episode titled How Art Changes Us, North Philadelphia residents Dre Urhahn and Jeroen Koolhaas share how picking up paintbrushes with Rio favela residents have transformed rough neighborhoods into open-air art galleries.  Learn more about the great work this pair does as part of their Favela Painting Foundation, including how they crowdsourced more than $100,000 for the cause!

DRE URHAHN: HOW CAN PUBLIC ART PROJECTS TRANSFORM ROUGH NEIGHBORHOODS?

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