Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Monthly Archives: December, 2013

“With this face you could only be a cleaning woman or trash scrap collector”: Manager of a store verbally attacked by aggressive, racist customer

Note from BW of Brazil: Ahhhh Brazil. Another day, another racist incident. What a way to end the year! Again, in this case, as in many in the past, we … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · 3 Comments

If Iemanjá is an African goddess, who are these negros carrying? Brazil’s “racial democracy” at its finest

Note from BW of Brazil: The arrival of 4-5 million African slaves in Brazil during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade brought various expressions of African culture to what would become Latin … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · 1 Comment

25 curious facts about slavery in Brazil

Note from BW of Brazil: Whenever discussing the experiences of African descendants in the Americas, the topic will inevitably turn to the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade at some point in the … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · 39 Comments

Michelle Fernandes: iG Passista dancer of Rio for 2013

Michelle Fernandes was recently crowned the iG Passista dance of Rio for 2013. In a previous article, Michelle spoke a bit about her victory and what it means for her … Continue reading

December 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Meet Michelle: Rio’s 2013 Carnaval season passista dancer

Note from BW of Brazil: Hard as it may be to believe, but Carnaval season n Brazil is right around the corner. In Rio, another brown-skinned beauty was named Rio’s … Continue reading

December 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Racism or colorism? Bus incident re-visits the light-skinned/dark-skinned issue

Note from BW of Brazil: The question of colorism and classification within African descendant populations has long been an issue throughout the African Diaspora, from the United States to the … Continue reading

December 28, 2013 · 4 Comments

“We Black Women, Hair and Identity” photo exhibit puts pride of black hair on display in nation’s capital

Note from BW of Brazil: Black. Women. Hair. Three aspects of the identity of African-descendants of the feminine gender that can profoundly mark experiences in western societies. For centuries, skin … Continue reading

December 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

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