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Meet the beautiful candidates of bloco afro Ilê Aiyê’s 2015 Night of the Ebony Goddess contest!


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s that time once again! Every year the legendary bloco afro known as Ilê Aiyê pays homage to the beauty of the black woman in their … Continue reading

January 18, 2015 · 7 Comments

Ilê Ayê, Bahia’s oldest bloco afro, celebrates 40 years; opens registrations for 2014 Ebony Goddess contest


Note from BW of Brazil: Someone once said that if you never visit the African continent, Salvador, Bahia is the next best thing. With its large black population and vibrant … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Carnival season begins with accusations of "apartheid" against black bloco afro groups in Salvador


Although it may appear that it’s early to start talking about Carnaval as the event doesn’t actually start until late February, but in reality, the preparation occurs behind the scenes … Continue reading

November 30, 2012 · 5 Comments

‘Soul of Brasil’: television series approaches transformations in the country from the perspective of black people


Note from BW of Brazil:It goes without saying that I’m very excited about this new project! We’ve seen over and over in Brazil’s media that the narrative is almost always … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Seun Kuti, son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, films video for his song “Black Woman” with cast of Afro-Brazilian women in Rio and Porto Alegre


Note from BW of Brazil: In a post from November of 2013, BW of Brazil presented an article about an homage to the late, great Nigerian Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti. … Continue reading

November 12, 2016 · 4 Comments

Meet the candidates for the 2016 Ebony Goddess contest in Salvador, Bahia


Note from BW of Brazil: Last Saturday, one of Bahia’s most important black cultural organizations, Ilê Aiyê, crowned one of fifteen contestants competing for the title of Ebony Queen/Ebony Goddess of … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Larissa Oliveira is chosen as Ebony Goddess in 37th annual competition exalting the beauty of black women in Salvador, Bahia


Note from BW of Brazil: Continuing a traditional that we have covered here since 2012, a 22-year old was named the newest ‘Goddess’ of black beauty in a contest one … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · 3 Comments

Documentary project ‘Brasil: DNA África’ helps 150 Afro-Brazilians trace their ancestral roots


Note from BW of Brazil: For decades, Brazil has developed its reputation as one of the most racially diverse countries in the world. After centuries of mixing between descendants of … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

“For us, by us!”: Afronta, new newspaper in Minas Gerais brings black faces and culture to media outlets


Note from BW of Brazil: As followers of this blog well know, media representation is a regular and important theme for us. And it should be. Whether one likes to … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 8 Comments

Blocos afros Muzenza and Ilê Aiyê elect their black queens for the 2015 Carnaval in Salvador, Bahia!


Note from BW of Brazil: When most people around the world think of Brazilian Carnaval, they usually think of the spectacle broadcast from Rio de Janeiro. Lots of samba dancing … Continue reading

February 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Celebrating 35 years, Olodum maintains its roots and the struggle for the affirmation of black culture


Note from BW of Brazil: Anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting Salvador, Bahia, known as the country’s center of black culture, knows that learning about the black pride … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Influenced by movements in the US and Africa, and under intelligence surveillance, the Movimento Negro emerged in 1978 in the fight for racial equality


Note from BW of Brazil: The struggle for equal rights and representation in various areas of society is one of the principal topics covered on this blog. Afro-Brazilians remain so … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · 4 Comments

Leader of black Bahia’s most important symbol of black culture and pride talks about resistance under military dictatorship


Note from BW of Brazil: Last week throughout Brazil there were various television reports, magazines and newspapers devoted to the 50th year anniversary of a Military Dictatorship that would last … Continue reading

April 7, 2014 · 5 Comments

With drama, poetry and consciousness, the Coletivo Negro theater group brings black theatrical and political aesthetic to the stage


Note from BW of Brazil: Although Brazil is often described as the country with the largest black population in the world outside of Africa, one would never know it if … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · 2 Comments