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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

When racist stereotyping of black women descends into humiliation: The case of the Globeleza


Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s topic is a bit depressing and difficult to discuss. Of course, if you live in Brazil, with Carnaval season long gone, this story is … Continue reading

April 22, 2014 · 4 Comments

“Racist? Who me?”: 92% of Brazilians believe racism exists but only 1.3% consider themselves racist


Note from BW of Brazil: Brazil can be quite confusing to understand at times. How does one explain such strong evidence of racism throughout the country, the near invisibility of … Continue reading

April 21, 2014 · 7 Comments

Actress Juliana Alves opens up about racism, victories and the black struggle in Brazil


  Note from BW of Brazil: Actress Juliana Alves has been previously featured here on the blog and has made a name for herselfin various novelas and during annual Carnaval … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

The Black Woman of Cariri remains forgotten: The undermining of blackness in a northeastern city


  Women of the organization Pretas Simoa during a recent protest in Cariri Note from BW of Brazil: Over the past century, Brazilian elites have successfully promoted the country as … Continue reading

April 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

Annual fashion shows in Rio and São Paulo feature natural black hair, men in skirts and protest against low percentage of black models


Note from BW of Brazil: Wow, is it really that time again? Yes indeed, Brazil’s most famous events dedicated to the latest designer fashions took place in the nation’s largest, … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

“No relationship is worth the tears of another woman”: from black woman to black woman, with sisterhood, life is a little less lonely


Note from BW of Brazil: A little time for reflection. Sometimes due to life’s challenges, pitfalls and disappointments, we sometimes forget that those who we sometimes treat as competitors are/should … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 2 Comments
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