Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“When there was the first movie theater of Novo Hamburgo, blacks sat in a separate place and couldn’t leave from there”: Dona Dora, 91, remembers 1930s southern Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: Our elders, besides being the foundations of our families and important branches in our genealogical trees are living, breathing sources of a wealth of information. … Continue reading

April 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Hot Comb Twins’ vibrant mixture of black, urban and Hip Hop culture shakes up the São Paulo nightlife scene!


Note from BW of Brazil: São Paulo is huge, multi-cultural city with numerous ethnic influences. Sampa, as is known, is Brazil’s New York City and the economic engine of the entire … Continue reading

April 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Longing for the slavery era? Restaurant seeks Tia Anastácia (ie ‘Aunt Jemina’) type to greet customers at the entrance


Note from BW of Brazil: Last week we brought you an article that presented research demonstrating how Brazilian society still has a “nostalgic feeling about slavery”. The ideas of race, social … Continue reading

April 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Black girls, aged 10-14, descendants of runaway slave communities, victims of rape; worked as maids in middle-class homes of powerful white elites


Note from BW of Brazil: To say the least, this is quite a disturbing story! These types of reports once again makes one ask if law, order and justice in … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

In Brazilian commercials, only little white girls with straight hair can be ‘princesses’


Note from BW of Brazil: Here at BW of Brazil we consistently demonstrate the obsession with whiteness in Brazil’s media. But sometimes one has to step back and literally observe … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 3 Comments

Actress Lucy Ramos turns down slum character to play psychologist in another: “We, blacks, always interpret maids, slaves or we are in inferior situations”


Note from BW of Brazil: Although actress Lucy Ramos is not quite a household name among actresses in Brazil, she’s had a consistent presence on the big and small screen … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

We are empowered black women! We will not whiten ourselves anymore


Note from BW of Brazil:This is the type of inspiring material we love to bring you hear on BW of Brazil! I’m sure somewhere out there, in Brazil as well … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · 6 Comments
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