Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Behind the cameras: black directors emerge on Brazilian audiovisual scene – With recent coup, filmmakers fear restriction of black production funding


The Note from BW of Brazil: The idea of a ‘Cinema Negro’ or Black Cinema emerging in Brazil has been an idea that has been gaining support as well as talented … Continue reading

September 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Singer Carmen Silva dies at age 71 of cardiac arrest; artist’s career spanned nearly four decades


Note from BW of Brazil: Among other hobbies of mine, crate digging for old music albums is one of my favorite pastimes. And needless to say, Brazilian music is a … Continue reading

September 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

In state beauty competition, black model files suit after hearing leaked message in which she was called ‘negrinha’; believes she was discarded due to skin color


Note from BW of Brazil: Of course in case such as this, it’s always a mistake to jump to any quick conclusions without more precise information, but even so, this … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

For the first time in its history, Miss Brasil contest will have six black women competing for the title!


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, it’s definitely gonna be interesting this year! In case you’re wondering, I’m speaking of the annual Miss Brasil competition, an event that is normally lilly white … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · 1 Comment

Celebrating the power of choice: 10 beautiful black Brazilian women empowered with straight hair


Note from BW of Brazil: As with many topics we cover on this, today’s post is on a topic that offer an alternative; the other side of the coin, if … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

Teacher calls black student a monkey during a fight at a school in Rio; placed on administrative leave pending further investigation


Note from BW of Brazil: White teacher. Black student. Brazilian school. Monkey? In reality, there’s not much necessary to even say about this incident. Another day in Brazil. Another example of … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

The incredible case of a black ‘palmiteiro’: He doesn’t want a ‘commitment’, but radically changes his mind when a white woman enters his life


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s a dialogue that desperately needs to happen! In Brazil today, the black population is waking up by the hundreds of thousands, realizing and decoding … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · 3 Comments