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Bloco afro Olodum celebrates 30 years of debut album ‘Egito Madagascar’ with the Carnaval theme ‘The Sun – Akhenaton: The Paths of Light’ in homage to the Pharoahs of Ancient Egypt

Note from BW of Brazil: I must say, there were quite a few memorable moments in this Carnaval, all over Brazil! It’s time like these that a full-time staff is … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

Bloco Ilê Aiyê: 44 years of the “Re-Africanization” of Brazilian carnival and combating structural racism through art, culture and education

Note from BW of Brazil: “Another great moment of identification happened in a Carnival in the company of his father. Even shy, he had tears in his eyes as the … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

On the “Night of the Black Beauty”, Bahia’s historic black consciousness group selects “Ebony Goddess”: Check out the candidates and winner

Note from BW of Brazil: It’s about that time again! Every year, we can always tell when Carnaval season is right around the corner. One sign and when he hear … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Bonecas Pretas” (black dolls) video by Bahian singer Larissa Luz gives voice to the rising demand for black representation in the toy market

  Note from BW of Brazil: The struggle continues…and voices demanding change, equality and representation also continue to grow! The fact that I have documented for the past five years … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

‘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