Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Black woman crowned Miss Minas Gerais – will represent her state in Miss Brasil contest


Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes, or better yet, most of the time, when stories make the headlines, the back story or the details that don’t make the headlines are … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Faces of Afro Brazil 33


The latest in the series Faces of Afro Brazil, Karen Porfiro is from Timóteo, Minas Gerais and recently overcame 29 other women to earn the right to represent the state in … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

May the orixás (deities) protect her: Afro-Brazilian religious leader’s temple has suffered eight violent attacks in eight years


Note from BW of Brazil: The persecution of followers of African-oriented religions is another form of intolerance that we’ve been following for some time. There’s nothing new about it and … Continue reading

September 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Black skin (always) = “suspect”: Man in Salvador, Bahia removes his clothes to prove he hadn’t stolen anything


  Note from BW of Brazil: Alright, so surely there will those who think that such a reaction is blowing things out of proportion, but then there’s the old saying, … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

When blacks oppress other blacks: Black men among fans yelling racist insults at black goalkeeper


Note from BW of Brazil: We’ve all heard or witnessed this type of thing. Hundreds of years of racial oppression also contributes to African descendants insulting, oppressing or undermining those … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · 1 Comment

Latest example of racism in futebol: Opposing team’s fan calls black goalie a monkey; caught on camera, woman loses her job


Note from BW of Brazil: I can hear the denial loud and clear: “We Brazilians aren’t racists.” This was the title of a book after all. This after about seven … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · 2 Comments

Governor’s political party campaign seeks models for advertisement; stresses women “cannot be black or Asian”


Note from BW of Brazil: More news from the country where only 1.3% of the people openly define themselves as racists. Today’s story is really more of the same: the … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 1 Comment
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