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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 · 7 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

Singer Preta Gil’s skin color lightened on magazine cover

Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so we’ve seen this type of thing before. The “accidental” lightening of the skin of certain entertainers has been going on for some time. … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Police identify 50 people responsible for racist comments against interracial couple online

Note from BW of Brazil: Last week we brought you a story about an interracial couple who, after posting their photo on a social network, were the target of a … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Who told you that straight hair is the most beautiful? How Brazilian society destroys black self-esteem

Note from BW of Brazil: In the 19th century, Brazil’s elites decided that it wanted a white country. In order to achieve this objective, a strategy was put into place. This … Continue reading

August 16, 2014 · 2 Comments

TV series completely whitens Ancient Egypt; cast features 40 actors, all white

Note from BW of Brazil: It wasn’t until the mid-1990s when I began to investigate the deeper historical meanings of blackness. Physical blackness and identity is only a piece of … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · 3 Comments

“I began to understand why white friends always offered me bananas”: Congolese immigrant details his experiences with racism in Brazil

Note from BW of Brazil: One of the best ways to gauge a country is how it is perceived by foreigners. Although it is true that natives of a particular … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

Upcoming television “Sex and the Negress” provokes concerns over the continuous stereotyping of black women

Note from BW of Brazil: As the vast under-representation and stereotyping of black women and black Brazilians in general in Brazil’s super-white media is one of the main topics on … Continue reading

August 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

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