Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Why must my hair be straight to see the ‘best in me’?

Note from BW of Brazil: The past few decades have brought about a number of activists, blogs, collectives and groups that are challenging what we call the “dictatorship of whiteness” … Continue reading

March 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

At Brazil’s top university, black militants invade a class and initiate a debate on quotas and racism

Note from BW of Brazil: So the debate rages on! Nowadays it’s impossible to get an understanding of how people see race, class and privilege without tackling the issue of … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

The genocide of the black population by the Brazilian State denounced at the hearing of the OAS in Washington, DC

Note from BW of Brazil: Black Lives Matter was the message that caught on last year after police murders of black men in the United States. The same applies in … Continue reading

March 26, 2015 · 1 Comment

Mother accuses childcare center in Belo Horizonte of racism against children

Note from BW of Brazil: So what else is new? Another day, another racist incident. What’s really a shame about this is that black children must grow up knowing that … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Whipping your racism: A little story demonstrating the racist words, phrases and thoughts embedded in everyday Brazil

Note from BW of Brazil: Very  creative text! Today’s piece is a work of fiction written by Stephanie Ribeiro who has been featured on the blog previously. Stephanie weaves into … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doctor suffers racism because she wears dreadlocks

Note from BW of Brazil: In reality, there’s nothing unusual here. Disappointing yes, but very common in a country where one’s appearance is judged according to their proximity to a … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

Echoes that don’t stop: Black theater redraws new scenario

Note from BW of Brazil: The topic of black Brazilian theater is something that we cover from time to time here on the blog. As the black aesthetic, the black … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

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