Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

It’s time to give a red card to sexual tourism: My flesh doesn’t belong to Carnival, nor the World Cup!


Note from BW of Brazil: The preparation, spectacle and eventual outcome of the 2014 World Cup will no doubt be discussed, studied, researched and debated for many years to come, … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Grupo Cultural Balé das Iyabas: presenting Africa, orixás and the feminine in dance


  Note from BW of Brazil: First became aware of this group, Grupo Cultural Balé das Iyabas,  from their appearance in the recent celebration of the global black woman, Festival … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Festival Latinidades shines spotlight on talents and versatility of feminine African Diaspora; scholars, intellectuals debate position of black women


(Originally posted on July 29, 2014; updated on July 30, 2014) Note from BW of Brazil: It would be a huge understatement to say that the 2014 Festival Latinidades was … Continue reading

July 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

In the 1970s, Brazil’s intelligence agencies spied on black organizations; sought to frame the movement’s most outspoken activist


Note from BW of Brazil: Persons who are not familiar with Brazil’s history and the question of race often ask why it appears that the country’s black liberation movement seems … Continue reading

July 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

A restaurant, racism and the question of “place”: Is a “sit-in” necessary in 21st century Brazil?


Note from BW of Brazil: The origins of today’s post are actually from July 4th in a Facebook post that ended up being shared more than 400 times. The topic … Continue reading

July 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Bailes of Madureira – The “charme” of cultura negra in Rio de Janeiro: where black America meets black Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: The city of Rio de Janeiro is of course famous for many things. Its breathtaking views and beaches. The Christ the Redeemer statue. The Maracanã futebol … Continue reading

July 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Rilza Valentim, the first black woman elected mayor in São Francisco do Conde, Bahia, dies at age 52


Note from BW of Brazil: It is with great sadness that BW of Brazil recently learned that on the night before the Day of the Afro Latin America Caribbean Black … Continue reading

July 26, 2014 · Leave a comment
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