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WED 2/25

Hip-Hop Honeys! Brazilian beauties boom-boom to the hottest jams! This is what comes up when you search for articles about hip-hop culture in Brazil? Half-naked, bronzed meninaswith junk in the trunk? Well, not entirely. They are serious about hip-hop history in Brazil. The four elements of rap (DJs, breakdancing, graffiti, and MCs) are sacred cows, and graffiti is a big business, so much so that Santo Andre -- a city outside of São Paulo -- hosted a world graffiti show in 2002. Brazilian rap has evolved so much that many hip-hoppers don't even listen to American rap; instead, there are various styles, including gospel, gangster, underground, and rock fusion. Of course, there are also political threads holding Brazilian hip-hop together, and FAU offers an overview titled "The Political Appropriation of Music in the African Diaspora: The Case of Hip-Hop Culture in Brazil"at 4 p.m. The lecture takes place at Florida Atlantic University (777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton) in Room 102 of General Classrooms North. Call 561-297-0155.

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