Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Caught with Pine Sol and bleach, in 2013 Rafael Braga was arrested during protests; now due to apparent police framing, he has been sentenced to 11 years on drug dealing charges; solidarity protests ensue


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s a case that dates back to 2013 during the headline-making protests that rocked Brazil. It’s a case that I’ve followed since first becoming aware … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Young black woman is a victim of racism and has her turban ripped off of her head at a Civil Engineering graduation party


Note from BW of Brazil: Let’s face it. We’ve seen enough cases of both racism and sexism to know that Brazil has plenty of both. Regardless of how much people … Continue reading

April 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

“Only in a highly unequal society do people serve others 24 hours a day”: In the capital city region, study shows that 80% of maids are black


Note from BW of Brazil: With reports such as this is there any wonder so many Afro-Brazilian women are calling for a change in  the public image of black women? … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

“On the street how do you spot a thief? First you look at the color”: Rio university professor connects criminality to skin color in front of class


Note from BW of Brazil: I have to admit, even after 17 years studying how racism and racial discrimination functions in Brazil, every now and then I’m still caught off … Continue reading

April 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

X lives! City councilors in city hall of Porto Alegre argue because of councilwoman’s wearing of a Malcolm X T-shirt


Note from BW of Brazil: A full 52 years after his death, human rights icon Malcolm X is alive and well in the hearts thousands, if not millions of Afro-Brazilians. … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil’s center of black culture, gets it first multi-brand Afro-Brazilian fashion store


Note from BW of Brazil: The so-called Afro-Brazilian entrepreneurialism has seen an enormous surge in recent years with a number of initiatives targeting the specific market tastes of the black … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Must black elites “sell out” to maintain status? Black women put Minister of Human Rights on blast after she denominates President “godfather of black women”


Note from BW of Brazil: Why does this seem to be such a common story? Black person struggles, achieves success and reaches the pinnacle of their career but as soon … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 2 Comments