Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“Out of place”?: On being a black woman in predominantly white spaces: invisibility and racism in 80% black Salvador, Bahia


“We know of the discomfort of situations in which we blacks are noticed, admonished, in a mixture of curiosity and amazement on the part of observers who are surprised by … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

“I want five black women in the top spots”, says Kell Rosan; beauty was only black woman of 27 candidates in recent “Goddess of Brasil” pageant


Note from BW of Brazil: In reality, this shouldn’t really be that hard to see. As I’ve been following this sort of thing for years, I could have told this a … Continue reading

January 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Causes and consequences of miscegenation: Racial mixture as a weapon of domination and extinction of the oppressed group


View story at Medium.com Note from BW of Brazil: Over the years of travelling and living in Brazil, I am often amazed at how the process of embranquecimento, or whitening, … Continue reading

January 19, 2018 · 6 Comments

Reflections of a whitened blackness: The difficulties of defining oneself when seen as being ‘too white to be black’ but ‘too black to be white’


Note from BW of Brazil: The text presented below perfectly demonstrate the sometimes difficult task of racial classification in Brazil. It is a topic that I’ve dealt with since the … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

“Our bodies are not available” – Carnaval dancers create the Samba Black Woman project; lectures address racism, sexism and women in the world of samba


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s a very timely discussion. In both Brazil and the United States these days, the question of sexual harassment and assault is front page news. … Continue reading

January 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Woman arrested for refusing to be served by black people in Salvador, Bahia café; manager decided to call the police


Note from BW of Brazil: Hmmm….I get the feeling that this sort of thing probably happens everywhere. Back in November, we reported a similar incident in the southeastern state of … Continue reading

January 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

“Martin Luther King must be a cool guy!” (Or the figure that opened me up to Black America) – A black Brazilian’s first memory of MLK


Note from BW of Brazil: I suppose it would be safe to assume that most of can remember our first exposure to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and I am … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · 1 Comment