Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Following in the trail blazed by Carolina de Jesus: A black woman who writes is already a transgressor


Note from BW of Brazil: The written word is a form of expression that has long been either denied or ignored when the writer is Afro-Brazilian. As we touched upon … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · 1 Comment

July of the Pretas seminar promotes Black Women and Entrepreneurship in Salvador, Bahia


Note from BW of Brazil: With every passing year, more and more Afro-Brazilians are staking their claims in entrepreneurial enterprises and a number of black women have been able to … Continue reading

August 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

79-year old woman earns her degree in Rio de Janeiro


Note from BW of Brazil: Great story here! One of dedication, determination and desire. Educational inequality has a long history in Brazil that the system of affirmative action has only … Continue reading

August 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

Negras in solidarity! In preparation for the national Black Women’s March, black women take over Rio’s Copacabana!


Note from BW of Brazil: We’ve been reporting on this for several months now and it’s hard to realize that November is only three months away! We’re talking about the … Continue reading

August 3, 2015 · 14 Comments

Female, black and feminist: Meet the new vice president of National Student Union


Note from BW of Brazil: In the last few decades, we’ve seen black Brazilian women assume posts and responsibilities that would have seemed impossible even as recently as the 1990s. … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

A mulata, illegitimate child and poor, Maria Firmina dos Reis suffered a lot of prejudice, but she was the first Brazilian novelist


Note from BW of Brazil: In another feature that rescues the history of Afro-Brazil and black women, today we present an important woman in the world of Brazilian literary works. … Continue reading

August 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Black women stink”?: After racist graffiti offending black women and a black professor at university, black students’ collective repudiate act and stand in solidarity


Note from BW of Brazil: So what else is new here? Manifestations of racism in Brazil and at a college campus. Calling black people ‘monkeys’? We’ve seen it so often … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · 2 Comments
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