Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Re-election of President Rousseff brings widespread prejudice against northeastern voters and calls for secession; candidates didn’t address racism during campaigns

Note from BW of Brazil: The re-election of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff once again brought to the fore questions of race, discrimination that has permeated throughout Brazilian society both in … Continue reading

November 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Straight from black Bahia, singer Juliana Ribeiro not only performs Afro-Brazilian music but also does academic research on the history of the genre

Note from BW of Brazil: Juliana Ribeiro is an artist from heavily Afro-Brazilian state of Bahia who brings not only the history of Afro-Brazilian music in her sounds and performances, … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

Maria Menezes: One of the major revelations of Rio’s new samba

Note from BW of Brazil: Anyone who knows anything about Brazilian history and culture knows of the importance of the Samba. The rhythm that was recorded for the first time … Continue reading

October 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

What’s wrong with the show “Sexo e as negas”? Plenty of sex but the “negas” don’t go beyond “their place” in Brazilian society

Note from BW of Brazil: It seems that the more you watch this program and hope for the best the more likely you are to be disappointed. Let me offer … Continue reading

October 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Brazil’s fear of black movies: How can a film get international exposure at Cannes Film Festival and still be ignored at home?

Note from BW of Brazil: Why does Brazil reject black films? A very good question but only another piece in the Brazilian puzzle of black exclusion that is rampant throughout … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

“I’m not ashamed to be who I am: black”: 14-year speaks of her transition from shame to pride of her natural hair

Note from BW of Brazil: In Brazil, the national mythology tells us that “we are all equal”. What the mythology doesn’t reveal is that in a country dominated by Eurocentric … Continue reading

October 26, 2014 · 53 Comments

No black power in a democracy – With no promises from any presidential candidate, Afro-Brazilians can only vote and hope for the best

Note from BW of Brazil: In reality, this should come as no surprise. Over a month ago we posted an article that showed that even with a black presidential candidate in … Continue reading

October 26, 2014 · 4 Comments

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