Twenty-three year-old Valnei, born and raised in the Faz Quem Quer community and now living on the “asphalt” of Rocha Miranda, has plenty of stories to tell. His family and friends have lived the history of the Carioca periphery: his grandparents founded the community, his uncle started the now outlawed “pagofunk” dance parties and many others have suffered in the never-ending battle amongst residents, organized crime and the police. Valnei’s—aka Mc Succo—prefers to communicate through graffiti and funk music and, among other projects, is working to launch a course in funk music production. Valnei participates in the RioOnWatch community journalism course, and his articles appear on RioOnWatch.org thanks to the work of volunteer translators.
To the benefit of humanity, there exist many people who dedicate their lives to causes for the common good, and it is always a pleasure and inspiration to meet them. Maurilio Rodrigues de Araújo, better […]