Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Bad hair or bad hair day? Singer clarifies his statement that many interpreted as racist; black fan steps forward in defense

Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so today’s feature is a follow up to a recent controversy involving the comment of a singer in boy band posted a few days … Continue reading

October 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rapper Karol Conka sounds off on boy band’s controversial statement about black hair: “I spent my whole life being called names”

Note from BW of Brazil: Strong reactions came from every direction after the member of a boy band made a statement about what many interpreted as an insult to black … Continue reading

October 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

With black representation lacking in Brazilian media, actors bring their perspective to You Tube

Note from BW of Brazil: In past posts, we have seen numerous examples and proof of the vast under-representation of Afro-Brazilian actors in Brazilian film and television. We also have … Continue reading

October 8, 2015 · 1 Comment

In the southern state of Paraná, a descendant of a quilombo, communities established by fugitives escaping slavery, becomes the first to earn a Ph.D

Note from BW of Brazil: The history of the quilombo is an important piece in the struggle of Afro-Brazilians. These independent communities were established by fugitives escaping the cruelty and … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Braids are a salvation for those who have bad hair”: Boy band provokes controversy with comments about afro textured hair

Note from BW of Brazil: Imagine this. You have a whole pool full of dirty water. You take a 16 ounce glass and scoop out a glass of water from … Continue reading

October 6, 2015 · 4 Comments

“I grew up without having a black couple that represented me,” says actress Taís Araújo. Starring with real life husband in new series, pair has become a reference for black couples

Note from BW of Brazil: Actress Taís Araújo has been featured or mentioned in a number of previous posts and for good reason. She is perhaps the most accomplished of black … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · 8 Comments

Black She-roes: Author Jarid Arraes brings black female representation in her book about legendary black freedom fighter Dandara of Palmares

Note from BW of Brazil: As we all know, black representation in any genre is an ongoing struggle. Even more so if we consider only black women. As an example … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 3 Comments

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