Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Monica Costa: From the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to top entrepreneur in the Washington, D.C. area


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s always great when I discover international stories of the success that black Brazilian women are finding in other countries. In previous stories, I brought … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Beautiful just like you”: teacher wears the same hairstyle as a student who had been told that her hair was ugly


Note from BW of Brazil: You gotta love stories like this on! Brazil needs for more black people in positions of influence to make statements such as the one featured in … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

“I have money so I’ll get away with it”! 70-year old lawyer pulls a black woman’s hair, slaps & calls her ‘monkey’; after paying bail, walks out of jail


Note from BW of Brazil: In previous articles posted on this blog, I’ve described racism in Brazil as the ‘perfect crime’. I define it as ‘perfect’ because time after time … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

“It was not the white who enslaved the black, it was the black who enslaved the black”: Funk singer Mr. Catra’s recent comments re-ignite debate on slavery


Note from BW of Brazil: Before I get into today’s story I must first reveal to readers that this story first made headlines about two weeks ago and has since … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · 3 Comments

“What racism has already caused in my life”: A personal reflection on living in Brazil as a black girl/woman


Note from BW of Brazil: The topic is regularly discussed on this blog. And that’s simply because it exists and there are still people who deny it, minimize it or … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

“Negra sou” (a black woman I am)!: Thesis explores affirmative action policies and development of identity of black women in a federal university


Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so the topic is not new. As I’ve discussed in numerous previous posts, the exact figure of Brazil’s black population can be a tricky … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

A mirror of false reflection that doesn’t fit our image, the word is not amor (love), it’s dengo


Note from BW of Brazil: As we continue to try to re-construct our realities as African peoples stolen from our lands, we must deal with the multiplicity of methods that the … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · 1 Comment