‘Most Beautiful Thing’ and the rise of black women in the 60s

‘Most Beautiful Thing’ and the rise of black women in the 60s

In a light and pleasant moment, the second season of the national series, original from the Netflix platform, invites you to embark on a journey of four strong and transcendent women who seek their independence in the 60s, a decade marked by social guidelines that were still a deadlock for some individuals, such as the chauvinism it’s the racism.

2nd season

Maria Luiza (Maria Casadevall), Adélia (Pathy De Jesus), Thereza (Mel Lisboa) and Ivone (Larissa Nunes) are the main pawns in the plot. Malu wakes up from a long coma after being shot by Augusto (Gustavo Vaz), the ex-husband of her late friend Ligia, on New Year’s Eve from 1959 to 1960, and is surprised by the return of her husband Pedro (Kiko Bertholini), who had fled with all her money and now she takes over the music club that she had built with all her effort together with Adélia.

Adélia, in turn, faces some obstacles, and what obstacles! She is faced with a leafy happiness for being proposed by the Captain (Ícaro Silva), but, little by little, she discovers that her love for the captain is not really the Platonic passion she wanted, she is torn between the love of Captain and Nelson (Alexandre Cioletti), passion for an old relationship that the two had when Adélia worked at her home. Nelson, who is married to Theresa, and who sees their relationship falling apart like paper on fire.

Thereza, who despite being a classy woman, determined, self-possessed and with a thought beyond her time, ends up being shaken by the end of their relationship, experiences turbulent moments, but has its peak when she is hired to work at radio from Brazil as an announcer.

Radio in which Ivone, Adélia’s younger sister, participates in a music contest. Ivone is young and shows society all his talent, which until then was kept, a sweet voice and choked with power that touches everyone. She has the ambition to grow in the musical world, but that is really conflicted when you are a woman and a black woman in such a backward society.

Messages behind the series

This is the message that the series tries to address, the strength and persistence of women, and even more so the black woman, who struggles not to be invisible in environments where the majority are white and rich. Perhaps it is the turn of the hill, the turn of the hill to have its voice heard and reached by the different ends of Rio de Janeiro in the 1960s.

Ivone can be compared with Dolores Duran, a black singer of great prominence who scored with countless songs from that decade and suffered to reach the stages and have her deserved recognition, or even with Elza Soares, a great highlight of Brazilian music until today, singer who had a hard time and had a trajectory similar to that of Ivone.

It is the black woman conquering her space, going against the tide of racism and machismo of the society of the time and the standard thought, where her voice has no time and cannot reach the most exquisite spaces, nor wear good clothes, nor have a beautiful apartment, and cannot really have its value. It is the exaltation of his strength, his anguish, his brilliance and, most importantly, his persistence, which is never left out.