Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

TV network’s black house actors come out in support of controversial TV program; do their support of their white “masters” make them more akin to “house negroes”?


Note from BW of Brazil: With episode three of the controversial series Sexo e as negas airing tonight, debate over the program has become a true battleground. Black women activists … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Woman dies after attempting clandestine abortion in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro


Note from BW of Brazil: Yet another tragedy because of inadequate, inaccessible health care. The abortion issue is one of contention in Brazil. According to the Brazilian Criminal Code (articles 124, 128, … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Black women and feminism in Brazil: the intersections of racial and gender inequality


  Note from BW of Brazil: Black women in Brazil face and continue to face a number of issues that point to Brazil’s vast social inequalities. Unsafe abortions, racism, loss … Continue reading

September 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

17- year old black teen killed by Military Police; police pepper spray people trying to help, ambulance arrives after two hours


  Note from BW of Brazil: The relentless war on black teens continues in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Year after year, reports show that Afro-Brazilian youth are 3.7 … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Black 5th grade student “protests” all-white images on test; colors characters equal to his skin color


  Note from BW of Brazil: In today’s piece we share an example that shows that it’s not only experts who can perceive Brazil’s insistence on only featuring white people … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Media manipulation: After racist insult makes headlines, talk show features an all-white panel to downplay the issue


Note from BW of Brazil: In reality, this is so typical of Brazil’s media and how the nation itself deals with issues concerning race. The story about the young fan … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Creator of TV program deemed racist invited to black awards ceremony; students of nation’s only black college repudiate the invitation


Note from BW of Brazil: I must say that after reading the news last week I was little disgusted and disappointed. About what, you ask? Well, for the past few … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · 2 Comments
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