Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

August 22: Brazil’s black movement organizes marches in 17 states against the genocide of Afro-Brazilians and in solidarity with Palestinians


Note from BW of Brazil: When will the madness of the destruction of human life end?!?! The struggle is international. Although the media refuses to show the images, many of … Continue reading

August 21, 2014 · 3 Comments

Pioneering dancer Mercedes Baptista passes away at 93; she was the first black woman to perform at the Municipal Theater in Rio


 Note from BW of Brazil: BW of Brazil bids a fond farewell to the dance great Mercedes Baptista. The pioneering dancer passed away yesterday at the age age of 93. … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Affirmative Action student is winner of the “Inventor Award” at Bahia’s top university, UFBa; she was the only black woman graduate in the Pharmacy course


Note from BW of Brazil: The debate, or some would say argument, over affirmative action policies in Brazil has raged on for more than a decade now. Against all fallacious … Continue reading

August 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Zumbi dos Palmares: An African warrior in Brazil – The legend of the nation’s greatest black leader continues to be a topic of debate and inspiration


 Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes there are topics, figures and subjects that are simply too monumental to approach in simply one post. Today’s topic is one of them. The … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Giane Vargas-Escobar will receive the 2014 International Museum Prize; museum in southern Brazil keeps the history of struggles of the black population alive


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s always great to see someone recognized when they dedicate themselves to their work. And there is an extra reason in the celebration of this … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

Social networks facilitate the organization of 2015 Black Women’s March and discussion about racism


Note from BW of Brazil: In December of 2012, November of 2013, as well as last month, we updated you on the announcement and organization of the 2015 Black Women’s March … Continue reading

August 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

“They insisted on erasing the black memory of my family from the documents”: the connection between hair and identity


Note from BW of Brazil: Hair texture and the whitening of racial identity. They are common themes here on the blog but extremely important for understanding racial dynamics in Brazil. … Continue reading

August 17, 2014 · 1 Comment
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