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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 · 6 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

In one northern capital city (Rio Branco), city council approves bill to feature more blacks in advertising

Note from BW of Brazil: The necessity of diversity, more visibility and a dignified representation of black women and black Brazilians in general have been a few of the main … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

My black is beautiful: meet the women bloggers who are filling the void in Brazil’s Eurocentric beauty market

Note from BW of Brazil: The beauty and appreciation of blackness has long been a theme that we promote here at BW of Brazil and today’s feature on seven dynamic … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · 2 Comments

Research shows that black women are excluded from Brazilian cinema; represent only 4.4% of casts of films

Note from BW of Brazil: The Brazilian movie market, like its television industry, is a virtual colony of American productions. TV networks such as Globo, Record and SBT as well … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

From the ‘mammy’ to the Carnaval ‘mulata’, black women’s representation on Brazil’s airwaves remains very limited

Note from BW of Brazil: It’s really not hard to tell. If you happen to watch Brazilian TV for any amount and you pay attention, you will note the overwhelming … Continue reading

July 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Short films by black female directors presented at prestigious Cannes Film Festival

Note from BW of Brazil: Great news to share here but even in the good news there’s more than one side to reflect upon. Good news first. A pair of … Continue reading

June 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Video production requests a more dignified representation for black women in the media

Note from BW of Brazil: Black Brazilian women, for the most part, do not see themselves represented by Brazil’s mass media. Regularly, Brazil’s major TV networks, popular magazines and cinema, … Continue reading

June 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

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