Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

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 · 6 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

Lawyer and former government secretary has gun pointed at her, is violently frisked and called ‘neguinha’ by Military Police; black colonel calls it an isolated incident


“What do you call an educated negro with a B.A. or an M.A., with a B.S., or a PhD? You call him a nigger, because that is what the white … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · Leave a comment
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