Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Writers, entertainers, activists, students and journalists: 14 black Brazilian women talk about how racism affects their lives


Note from BW of Brazil: Racism is nothing new in Brazil. But as I have stated in previous articles on this blog, what IS different is the collective Afro-Brazilian voice … Continue reading

December 6, 2016 · 1 Comment

Faces of Afro Brazil 44


In the latest installment of the series “Faces of Afro-Brazil” we bring you the energetic baiana, Ana Paula, who is #44 in the series. Get to know a little about … Continue reading

December 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Beyond the aesthetic question, kinky/curly hair is a symbol of resistance against racism: after straightening for years, woman feels empowered with natural hair


Note from BW of Brazil: The discovery of the beauty in kinky/curly hair is a process that tens of thousands of Afro-Brazilian women are experiencing these days (see here and … Continue reading

December 4, 2016 · 3 Comments

Brazil’s racist tendencies can be brutal on the self-esteem of Afro-Brazilians; teacher puts together photo project to show students how beautiful they really are


Note from BW of Brazil: As you have no doubt figured out from the details and recollections of so many people on this blog, Brazil can be brutal on the … Continue reading

December 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

Afropreneurship: Although racism is the principle obstacle for black entrepreneurs, Brazil’s tax system also puts them at a disadvantage


Note from BW of Brazil:┬áIn recent years, we’ve seen a lot of research and investment being devoted to “Afropreneurship”, referring to Afro-Brazilian entrepreneurs. And even though we’ve seen an upsurge … Continue reading

December 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Black symbols of representation are on the rise, but they’re “in the hands of white people”: Patricia Anunciada talks about cultural appropriation & the importance of teaching Afro-Brazilian culture in schools


Note from BW of Brazil: The question of black representation has been one that has been on the Afro-Brazilian agenda for some time. As we live in a society in … Continue reading

December 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Racism and self-esteem: Afro-Brazilians share experiences and challenges of living in a society that is a constant assault on one’s blackness


Note from BW of Brazil: The title of today’s article sums up a great part of what this blog is all about. The development of the self-esteem of Brazil’s Afro-Brazilian … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 3 Comments