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“Negressencia”: Spectacular considers the history of Rio Grande do Sul, one of Brazil’s whitest states, from the perspective of black women

Note from BW of Brazil: Wow! All I can say is that I wish I could be there! The photos and background to this spectacular look inspiring. As we’ve seen … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

“It’s not because I’m black, is it?” – As Haitian immigrants head to the south of Brazil, racist tendencies arise as descendants of European immigrants turn their noses up

Note from BW of Brazil: It’s been a while since we reported on the situation of Haitian immigrants who have been steadily arriving in Brazil in search of better lives … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · 10 Comments

“She doesn’t represent the gaúcha woman (who) is white and beautiful, not black”: Contestant in beauty contest target of comments questioning her participation

Note from BW of Brazil: Oh well, here we go again. Over the years I’ve covered quite a few of these beauty contests that take place in Brazil. I’ve seen … Continue reading

April 1, 2018 · 4 Comments

“Um Baile Bom”: In one of Brazil’s whitest cities, young black organizers are putting on ‘a good dance’, in “little Africa”, & developing black entrepreneurship

Note from BW of Brazil: Curitiba is the capital city of the southern state of Paraná. It is one of the whitest cities in one of Brazil’s whitest states. Today, about … Continue reading

September 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

77-year old black woman brings down the house at book festival with an emotional speech on racism; words lead top black actor and many others to tears

Note from BW of Brazil: So last Saturday, I received this video in one of my social networks. As I was busy and receive so many messages and videos, I … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Thank you Raíssa! Finally, after 30 years we have a black Miss Brazil: black girls can also dream of being a Miss

Note from BW of Brazil: As would be expected, the victory of Raíssa Santana in the 2016 Miss Brasil contest has been big news across black Brazilian social media networks. And … Continue reading

October 4, 2016 · 1 Comment

Taking it to the streets! Afro-Brazilians march through the city of Florianópolis in one of Brazil’s whitest states to demand recognition and their rights

Note from BW of Brazil: As we’ve written in numerous posts, the past few decades have seen tremendous changes in the consciousness of Brazil’s black population. The giant is waking … Continue reading

July 21, 2016 · 3 Comments

On whites, persons of mixed race and those who are African descendants when convenient

Note from BW of Brazil: Question. Whenever the concept of race comes up, how do you define it? Is it simply a biological concept? Is it simply a social construct … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · 11 Comments

The Movimento das Mulheres Negras Capixabas: The Black Woman’s Movement of Espírito Santo

Note from BW of Brazil: The struggle of black Brazilian women to be simply recognized as black women, change the public perception as well as the social position of black … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

The extinction of black, brown, yellow and beige: The extinction of the black race in Brazil

Note from BW of Brazil: Well, it’s a conversation that many people don’t seem to want to have. Depending on where you live in Brazil, the title of today’s piece … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 16 Comments

In Brazil’s northeast, young blacks are 5 times more likely to die than young whites

Note from BW of Brazil: Of course, it’s not fun sharing these types of facts, but the more you crunch the numbers, the worse it gets. And still worse, while … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 12 Comments

Re-election of President Rousseff brings widespread prejudice against northeastern voters and calls for secession; candidates didn’t address racism during campaigns

Note from BW of Brazil: The re-election of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff once again brought to the fore questions of race, discrimination that has permeated throughout Brazilian society both in … Continue reading

November 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

The ungrateful quota beneficiaries: When affirmative action in Brazil only benefited white immigrants

  Note from BW of Brazil: In practice throughout Brazil for a little more than a decade, the system of affirmative action has given hundreds of thousands of poor and … Continue reading

August 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

África and black identity in the northeastern state of Ceará

Note from BW of Brazil: The experience of being black in Brazil can has various differences depending on the region of this country that is about the same size as … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · 5 Comments