Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Monthly Archives: December, 2013

“With this face you could only be a cleaning woman or trash scrap collector”: Manager of a store verbally attacked by aggressive, racist customer


Note from BW of Brazil: Ahhhh Brazil. Another day, another racist incident. What a way to end the year! Again, in this case, as in many in the past, we … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · 2 Comments

If Iemanjá is an African goddess, who are these negros carrying? Brazil’s “racial democracy” at its finest


Note from BW of Brazil: The arrival of 4-5 million African slaves in Brazil during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade brought various expressions of African culture to what would become Latin … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · 1 Comment

25 curious facts about slavery in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: Whenever discussing the experiences of African descendants in the Americas, the topic will inevitably turn to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade at some point in the … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · 10 Comments

Michelle Fernandes: iG Passista dancer of Rio for 2013


Michelle Fernandes was recently crowned the iG Passista dance of Rio for 2013. In a previous article, Michelle spoke a bit about her victory and what it means for her … Continue reading

December 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Meet Michelle: Rio’s 2013 Carnaval season passista dancer


Note from BW of Brazil: Hard as it may be to believe, but Carnaval season n Brazil is right around the corner. In Rio, another brown-skinned beauty was named Rio’s … Continue reading

December 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Racism or colorism? Bus incident re-visits the light-skinned/dark-skinned issue


Note from BW of Brazil: The question of colorism and classification within African descendant populations has long been an issue throughout the African Diaspora, from the United States to the … Continue reading

December 28, 2013 · 3 Comments

“We Black Women, Hair and Identity” photo exhibit puts pride of black hair on display in nation’s capital


Note from BW of Brazil: Black. Women. Hair. Three aspects of the identity of African-descendants of the feminine gender that can profoundly mark experiences in western societies. For centuries, skin … Continue reading

December 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

The struggle for racial identity in a society that denies it is racist


Note from BW of Brazil: The question of racial identity in Brazil is not a simple subject. This question is made even more complex by the fact that this country, … Continue reading

December 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

Daúde: The “Black Pearl” of Brazilian Popular Music


Note from BW of Brazil: For most, the name Daúde (pronounced “Dah-ooh-gee”) may not be a familiar name in the world of Pop music. But in Brazil of the 1990s and … Continue reading

December 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

New site aimed at Afro-Ethnic Tourism launched in Bahia, “An African nation in Brazil”


Note from BW of Brazil: Salvador, Bahia, located in Brazil’s northeast, is the capital of the state of Bahia and was the first capital city of Brazil until the year … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · 6 Comments

“We, black women are invisible to the media”, says women’s rights institute vice executive director


  Note from BW of Brazil: The interview below continues along the lines of much of the analysis found daily on this blog. Please see the previous articles associated with the research discussed … Continue reading

December 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

In the state of Amazonas, a black woman is called a “dirty, old, poor black monkey” by a doctor after seeking medical care for her child


Note from BW of Brazil: When does it end? Two issues to address here. 1) The general racist tendency of Brazilians to refer to African descendants as monkeys. 2) The … Continue reading

December 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

A message to the African-American community on stereotypes about Brazilian women


Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s post is a collaborative essay by Mark Wells, a frequent traveler to Brazil who has written on the topic of blacks and racism in Brazil … Continue reading

December 20, 2013 · 37 Comments

College student forcibly removed from bus at gunpoint by Military Police


Note from BW of Brazil: There is much evidence to argue that Brazil’s Military Police often acts with overt aggressive in its dealings with the public, a fact that has … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 2 Comments
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