Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Two black men turn themselves in after spraying a swastika on Brazil’s most powerful symbol of black resistance; didn’t know what swastika meant


Note from BW of Brazil: Ya know, when stories like this one break my reaction is always the same. First, a sort of “wow, really???” And then I usually like … Continue reading

October 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Young people of NGO conduct interviews with residents of one of Rio’s most famous neighborhoods to map the legacy of African culture


Note from BW of Brazil: This sounds like an exciting project and I am definitely look forward to seeing its results! Brazil, in a very general way, has a problem … Continue reading

October 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

In Brazil, the black woman earns the least money but pays the most taxes


Note from BW of Brazil: In Brazil, inequality continues to persist and can be measured according to gender and race. In 2013 for example, the monthly income of black (negros) … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

When the bright lights go dim: Two of Carnaval’s poster girls fall into depression after losing their status


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s something that millions dream of. Lights, camera, fame and fortune. Of course the feeling must be of utter joy and satisfaction when one manages … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · 8 Comments

“The place of (the) black monkey is in the slave quarters”: Swastika and racist graffiti found written in São Paulo university


Note from BW of Brazil: With the Brazilian election only about 8 days away, the country’s racist nature reveals itself once again. But does the presidential election have to do … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Written in the Stars: The beautiful story of how four sisters from one state married four brothers from another state


Note from BW of Brazil: While it’s true that most stories on this blog deal with serious issues such as racism, police brutality and media representation, sometimes it’s necessary to … Continue reading

October 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

From denial to consciousness: One didn’t know he was black, the other denied the existence of racism – Two Afro-Brazilian militants tell their stories


Note from BW of Brazil: In the last 80 years or so, Brazil successfully promoted itself to the world and Brazilian citizens as a “racial democracy” in which there was … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · Leave a comment
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