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Health and the black woman: “Invisibility sickens and kills!”

Note from BW of Brazil: The health of black population is a theme that has been at the forefront of many demands of Afro-Brazilian organizations for a number of years. These … Continue reading

January 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

How to pretend to discuss racism without discussing racism: Variety show Esquenta avoids real talk

Note from BW of Brazil: The following story may make reference to a situation that happened over eight months ago but it remains relevant because it speaks to how the … Continue reading

February 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

After criticism that previous girl was “too black”, new, lighter-skinned Carnaval advertisement girl chosen

Note from BW of Brazil: So now it’s official! As the countdown to Carnaval in already on, the Globo TV network has chosen a new Globeleza girl after all of … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Being a black model in a Brazil that prefers white skin

Note from BW of Brazil: This is no longer a surprising topic. If there’s a big fashion in Brazil you can believe that most of the models will be white. … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Brazilian television doesn’t portray blacks”, says journalist Luciana Barreto: TV remains far from a “racial democracy”

Note from BW of Brazil: It is a common theme among activists and also on this blog. Foreigners such as African-American activist Angela Davis, Mozambican writer Paulina Chiziane and African-American filmmaker Spike … Continue reading

December 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

The under-representation of Afro-Brazilians on television

Note from BW of Brazil: Throughout the history of television in Brazil, persons of visible African ancestry have been largely invisible, under-represented or presented in tried and true stereotypes that anyone … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 5 Comments

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