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TV network’s search for Carnaval’s top “mulata” highlights black invisibility in the rest of the year

Note from BW of Brazil: Wow! Is it that time again? Well, not quite. Brazilian Carnaval doesn’t start for more than four months but the nation’s top TV network is … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

One black writer among 70 Brazilians at Frankfurt Book Fair highlights historic black invisibility in the world of literature as well as society

Note from BW of Brazil: This is a follow analysis of the near complete exclusion of Afro-Brazilian writers at the prestigious Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany that recently paid homage … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Brazilian participation in Frankfurt Book Fair once again highlights black invisibility: one Afro-Brazilian among 70 writers

Note from BW of Brazil: Recently, Brazil’s well-known exclusion of its African descendant population was once again pointed out, this time by a German newspaper. On October 9th, Germany will … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

Popular novela contributes to Brazil’s invisibility and stereotyping of blacks: Yet another example of “bamboozling”?

So yet another popular Brazilian novela (soap opera) has come to a close as the final chapter of the Record TV (Rede Record) network’s Dona Xepa broadcast its final episode … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

The invisibility of black couples in Brazilian novelas: How kissing a black woman in a public square can be a revolutionary act

Note from BW of Brazil: A recent American TV commercial by the US breakfast cereal maker Cheerios caused quite a commotion in online communities. The commercial featured a little girl … Continue reading

July 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Race, beauty, representation and black invisibility: how two recent beauty contests represent Brazil’s racial ideology

Note from BW of Brazil: Two beauty contests, two different states, and two different histories serve as good examples of Brazil’s historical racial ideology. In the southern state of Santa … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · 8 Comments

Invisibility in school curriculum leads to fragmentation and rejection of black children’s identity

Taken from original text entitled: “A educação infantil e as crianças negras (Early childhood education and black children)” by Adomair O. Ogunbiyi The verification of the degree of the ethnic-racial rejection … Continue reading

January 2, 2013 · 4 Comments

The women of the NGO Estimativa: Overcoming invisibility

by Fabiana Oliveira Re.Fem: rapper and videographer A group of women from the periphery of Rio de Janeiro came together using art to inform and protest against all forms of violence … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

A little story of how one woman found herself as a black woman in the midst of a family of German immigrants

Note from BW of Brazil: Personal stories have provided some of the best insight into the development of black identity among women of African ancestry in Brazil as featured here … Continue reading

November 6, 2014 · 2 Comments

Treze de Maio Museum: a space of black identity and memory in Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul

Note from BW of Brazil: For five centuries, the nation we know as Brazil has promoted a continuous agenda of erasing the memory and even physical presence of the Afro-Brazilian … Continue reading

November 5, 2014 · 2 Comments

Health, education, employment and self-esteem: On the situation of black women in Brazil

Note from BW of Brazil: Many of the issues featured in today’s post have been topics discussed on this blog for nearly three years now, including the very question, “what … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Brazil’s fear of black movies: How can a film get international exposure at Cannes Film Festival and still be ignored at home?

Note from BW of Brazil: Why does Brazil reject black films? A very good question but only another piece in the Brazilian puzzle of black exclusion that is rampant throughout … Continue reading

October 28, 2014 · 3 Comments

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 · 8 Comments

Brazilian women dominate Victoria’s Secret bikini and fitness catalog

Note from BW of Brazil: The invisibility of black models during Brazil’s top fashion shows and black actresses on the television major networks is an ongoing issue covered here on … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 3 Comments

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