Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Racism impairs scientific production of black researchers – How Brazil’s universities place obstacles in the path of Afro-Brazilian university students

Note from BW of Brazil: Coming across the material we present today brought to mind a piece written back in 2006 by José Jorge de Carvalho, an anthropology professor at … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Today I woke up with the will to scream: I AM BLACK!! I AM THE PROOF!!” – After imprisonment for a murder with no evidence of her guilt, Rio native has a new understanding of what it means to be black

Note from BW of Brazil: So what exactly is the experience of being black in Brazil, in the West and in the world? Is it just phenotype based upon physical … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

In Rio, police operation known as ‘Black Machine III’ hunt and gun down two more innocent black males, one of which was 12-years old

Note from BW of Brazil: I don’t really know that any words can suffice for the senselessness of the violence in Rio de Janeiro, but before getting into the latest … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Brazilian students receive honorable mention in the biggest science fair in the world

Note from BW of Brazil: In the past few decades we’ve seen black Brazilians making strides in a number areas outside of the realm that is generally reserved for Africa’s … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Athletes who made racist joke against black gymnast and teammate are suspended by Brazilian Gymnastics Federation

Note from BW of Brazil: Alright, so the politically correct action has been done. Following up on a story presented here a little less than a week ago, three athletes … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

Debate on black representation highlights a growing rejection of blackface performance

Note from BW of Brazil: On May 5th, we presented a report on the growing rejection of the usage of blackface makeup in performances in Brazil. Although Brazilian performers have … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Globo TV’s first black weather girl, journalist Maria Júlia Coutinho’s star continues to rise!

Note from BW of Brazil: Prominent black women journalists are still a rarity in Brazil’s whitewashed media. But the black women who have managed to break through a nearly impenetrable color … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

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