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Prison riot in the Amazon brings to the forefront issues of overcrowding & the rise in incarceration rates; Brazil has 4th highest prison population in the world


Note from BW of Brazil: By now the news of a violent uprising inside of a prison complex in Manaus, in the state of Amazonas has shocked the world. Although the … Continue reading

January 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

Is there a black genocide going on in Brazil? Considering a number of important factors, the answer may be surprising


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, it’s a topic that has been mentioned in a number of articles on this blog. As such, readers should know how I would answer … Continue reading

April 18, 2018 · 3 Comments

“I found this slave in the smoking area! Whoever the owner is let me know!”: Student at FGV College suspended for racist comment/photo of black student


Note from BW of Brazil: Ya know, if you’ve read enough stories on this blog, you just might come to the conclusion that certain (white) people don’t like seeing black … Continue reading

March 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

Number of women prisoners in Brazil grows 700% in 16 years; main reason for incarceration is drug trafficking


Note from BW of Brazil: Well this is actually not surprising. A shame, but not surprising. As the “powers that shouldn’t be” continue to construct this prison planet, it should … Continue reading

September 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Brazilian government threatens the land rights of quilombolas; inhabitants are descendants of fugitive slave communities protected by Constitution


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s been a while since I approached this topic and now more than ever, we must inform the world of what’s happening to black Brazilians … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Of every 100 people murdered in Brazil, 71 are poor, young black people: Is there a hidden agenda to eliminate those considered “socially dangerous”?


Note from BW of Brazil: Although it’s been covered in numerous previous posts, it can never be considered a worn out topic. That is unless you’re a person who isn’t concerned … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Imprisoned wife of jailed former governor of Rio allowed to serve time under house arrest because she has children; and what about poor and black women?


Note from BW of Brazil: Before I get into today’s story, I must provide a little background as to how I became aware of it. Being an American in Brazil, … Continue reading

April 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

March 8th – black women and pension reform: With drastic proposed changes to retirement, International Women’s Day takes on a new meaning


Note from BW of Brazil: Today, March 8th, we pause in recognition of International Women’s Day. The struggle of black women of Brazil against racism, sexism, violence and social inequality … Continue reading

March 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

The color of punishment: Female prisoners in nation’s capital increased 3,242% since 2007; black women are 81% female prisoners but only 52%of female population


Note from BW of Brazil: If you’ve been paying attention to the news concerning Brazil’s prison system as of late, you know that saying that authorities have a major problem … Continue reading

January 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

“We die because of our color”: lawyer, researcher and actress Dina Alves breaks down how just being black in Brazil is seen as a crime in the criminal law system


Note from BW of Brazil: Brazil has ALWAYS looked at black people as a parcel of the population that should be eliminated. It is for this reason that the country … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · 6 Comments

The 2016 Rio Olympics are over, but let’s not forget the fact: In terms of social conditions, “Brazil deserves the tin can medal”


Note from BW of Brazil: Well the 2016 Summer Olympic Games hosted in Rio de Janeiro are officially over and it was a record setting effort for number of medals … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · 5 Comments

Black consciousness, human consciousness or lack of consciousness? Eleven reasons to discredit the myth of racial democracy


Note from BW of Brazil: Over the years of this blog’s existence, we often receive messages from many readers (both here and in social networking sites) from new readers who … Continue reading

April 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

“You’re black but beautiful and intelligent”:Black congresswoman votes in favor of president’s impeachment – Earns support of the right while many black women say she doesn’t represent them


Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s story, another side of the twisted soap opera that is the impeachment process of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff. It is also yet another example … Continue reading

April 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

As an impeachment process clouds the future of Brazil’s president, how should blacks position themselves on the political crisis?


Note from BW of Brazil: Media outlets throughout the world from Spain to Mexico, China to the United States have covered the ongoing circus that is the impeachment process involving … Continue reading

April 21, 2016 · 4 Comments