The Project originally began as an independent and experimental initiative in Salvador, Brazil in 2015, sharing the stories of four Afro-Brazilian entrepreneurs living and working in the city of Salvador. We worked with local journalists, camera operators, translators and other support roles to produce four biographical films starring four Afro-Brazilian entrepreneurs. In addition, we crafted a number of related articles. Based on the overwhelmingly positive response this initiative received from Brazilians and non-Brazilians alike, we recognized the pressing need for more progressive and celebratory news coming out of Black communities around the world. Explore this page to find articles and photos about Black ingenuity in Salvador, Brazil!
Salvador video series
These four videos represent the work and impact of four enterprising Afro-Brazilian entrepreneurs living and working in Salvador, Brazil.” They represent just a tiny portion of the vibrant and creative entrepreneurship scene in Salvador.
Some days I wake up and wonder if I dreamt the whole thing: That a pandemic runs rampant all around the globe, grounding entire countries and economies to a halt, emptying streets and restaurants, buses and trains and airplanes, schools and universities and theaters...read more
Come help us elevate the voices of grassroots Black visionaries and leaders in South Africa and Brazil! The Emerge Project is on a growth track for 2018! We've got a vision and goals for this year; will you help us realize them? We are looking for a team of volunteers...read more
What’s hair got to do with it? You can’t talk about the growth and development of the black population in Brazil, about social and economic solutions, about inclusive strategies and empowerment initiatives, without recognizing the important role hair plays in all of...read more
I stumbled on Mão Dupla restaurant during my first visit to Brazil in 2014. Tucked deep inside the maze of crisscrossing cobblestone streets in the Pelourinho, Salvador’s historic district, I found myself drawn there one day as I wandered around, wide-eyed, hungry,...read more
The number of people who perform entrepreneurial activity in Brazil has surpassed 20 million, according to SEBRAE (Brazil’s agency for small and micro-business support). Of this total, 51 percent, or the equivalent of about 11 million, are Afro-Brazilian. According...read more