For the most part, during the 2016 Olympics, we’ve seen Brazil through the eyes of the media without glancing at what its like for people who live day-to-day in cities like Rio de Janiero.

But photographer AhDream Smith traveled to Brazil during the games and had a chance to speak with several African-American expatriates to get their viewpoint of culture, living and Blackness in the South American nation. They told her about the differences — and similarities they’ve found.

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