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A journalist by profession, Esmeralda Ribeiro stands out as one of the most important contemporary Afro-Brazilian women writers. She has published two novels in Portuguese (Malungos e Milongas in 1988 and Orukomi in 2007), but translations of her short stories and poems appear in various anthologies and collections. Both her fiction and her theoretical work reflect on issues of race, gender and the black movement in Brazil. As an advocate for more participation of Afro-Brazilians in every sphere of society, Ribeiro actively promotes the works of other afro-Brazilian women writers as the editor of Cadernos Negros (a publication dedicated to the literary expression of black writers). Ribeiro has also been an active participant in Brazilian politics. She encourages Afro-Brazilian females to pursue leadership roles and her service as the Secretary of Culture for the state of Sao Paulo inspires them to participate in the advancement of black women rights.
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