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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

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 · 5 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

Why are American women so bothered by the Globeleza commercial? For the same reasons many Brazilian women are. But exactly what does this image say about black women?


Note from BW of Brazil: Yes it’s that time of year again. Carnaval is coming! Of c0urse if you live in Brazil, you’ve already seen or heard some of the … Continue reading

January 29, 2016 · 2 Comments

In the state of Acre, 100% of female prisoners are black women


Note from BW of Brazil: The state of Acre is one of the smallest of Brazil’s 26 states. Located in the southwest region of the country’s north, the state is … Continue reading

January 3, 2016 · Leave a comment