Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

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

Free photographic project celebrates diversity and the uniqueness of black beauty


Note from BW of Brazil: Great to see here! Like we saw in a similar photo shoot posted here back in January, if black people want to recognize black beauty, … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 1 Comment

‘We love you': After making racist joke about their black teammate, men’s national gymnastics team record video apology – situation provokes calls for punishment


Note from BW of Brazil: So typical, so Brazilian! This story is the perfect example of how racism works in Brazil and how the society continues to make superficial claims … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 3 Comments

“For sale: baby for $50″: Journalist’s pregnant image with false headline is used without permission on sale/purchase page; victim files police report


Note from BW of Brazil: Overall, the availability of the internet has made our lives better and often easier in numerous ways. I remember the first time I had the experience … Continue reading

May 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why is the work of black intellectuals ignored in Brazilian universities? Halls of higher learning are yet another example of whitewashing


Note from BW of Brazil: This should actually come as no surprise. As we have consistently documented here on this blog, Afro-Brazilians have been made almost completely invisible in numerous … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 6 Comments

Trouble catching a cab? Constant police harassment? Majority in prisons and slums? 127 years after the end of slavery, racism continues to dominate the lives of black Brazilians


Note from BW of Brazil: Yesterday, May 13th, marked the 127th year since the official abolition of slavery in Brazil. And while the institution of human bondage came to a … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · Leave a comment
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