In 2006, various writers began exposing a little secret that African-American men had keeping: sexual tourism in Brazil. Millions of black American men had been “introduced” to Brazilian women through the music videos of rappers like Snoop Dogg and Ja Rule. Rapper TI mentioned Brazilian women in the lyrics of his song, “Let’s Get Away”. In 2003, Hip Hop producer Pharrell Williams released a documentary about his search for the sexiest Brazilian model in Rio de Janeiro. Adult film production companies were recording many of their films in various cities throughout Brazil, particularly in Rio de Janeiro. Professors like William Jelani Cobb of Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting of Vanderbilt University focused part of their work on the phenomenon of African-American men and sexual tourism in Brazil. And in 2008, social worker Jewel Woods and journalist Karen Hunter, released the most complete analysis of the new trend in their book, Don’t Blame It On Rio: The Real Deal Behind Why Men Go to Brazil for Sex.
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