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“Since you became a black militant, it’s very difficult to talk to you!”: How racial consciousness changes the way one sees the world


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s actually a very common story. There are possibly millions of black Brazilians who have long believed or still believe that Brazil has no racial … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

How racial consciousness changed my way of seeing the world


Note from BW of Brazil: I’m sure there must be some who read this blog that wonder why a common theme here is the development of black identity. As was explained … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

How my mother taught me racial consciousness


Note from BW of Brazil: Continuing with a very important theme here on the blog, we bring you another text on the question of racial identity. And as there are … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · 3 Comments

‘Bleach bath’, clothes pins on the nose and ‘black monkey’: Study exposes racism in interracial families debunking one of Brazil’s greatest myths


Note from BW of Brazil: “How can we be racist? Our families are so mixed.” This is a typical statement one will hear when having a conversation about how racism … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · 3 Comments

In Brazil, we speak “Pretoguês” (black Portuguese): Lélia Gonzalez and Afro-Brazilian Portuguese as a political act of resistance


Note from BW of Brazil: As many of us have come to learn, language is yet another weapon that European colonizers have used over the centuries as a means to … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 4 Comments

Consultant Patrícia Santos de Jesus explains how companies that include minorities understand the customer better and gain more market share


Note from BW of Brazil: As loyal readers of this blog know, the issue of racism in Brazilian society is a major theme covered on this blog. And this topic continues … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

What? She’s not naked??? Why the ‘new Globeleza’ commercial is an advance for the representation of black women in Brazil and what it says about activism


Note from BW of Brazil: Really? Already? I guess I’m not the only one who was caught by surprise by the new, annual Globeleza TV commercial that’s been on the … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Culture resists: Still vastly under-represented in film and television, Afro-Brazilians are making their presence felt in theater, music, literature and art


Note from BW of Brazil: I have never tried to avoid the facts. Afro-Brazilians continue to be vastly under-represented in the Brazilian film and television industries. And when they do … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Brazilian old school/new school singers, rappers, DJs & dancers remake ‘70s funk classic “Mandamentos Black” for release of Netflix’s ‘The Get Down’ in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: I guess you could say this under-appreciated period in Brazilian Popular Music is one of my favorites (see here, here and here)! Not only did … Continue reading

November 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

“Next time, be born white! You have a complex because of being born mulata with hard hair!” Woman is verbally assaulted on Rio beach by middle-aged white woman, a Hitler supporter


Note from BW of Brazil: More from the land of “we Brazilians aren’t racists!” Today’s latest example of unbridled, in your face racism is not at all shocking to me … Continue reading

September 1, 2016 · 18 Comments

“Preto” or “Negro”? In Portuguese both mean ‘black’, but which term should be used to define black people? Ghanaian-Brazilian man’s video on the topic goes viral


Note from BW of Brazil: In director Spike Lee’s 1992 epic film about the legendary human rights activist Malcolm X, there was an important scene in which the convict then … Continue reading

August 3, 2016 · 7 Comments

Why verbal offenses against Brazilian music legend Jorge Ben may rip the mask off of racism in the society


Note from BW of Brazil: Today I must share an emotional, inspiring conversation I had with an Afro-Brazilian man. The guy (who I will just call “Santos”) is in his … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Being black or not: how the controversy surrounding the “mysterious black Prince Charming” speaks of the issue of racial identity in Brazil as a whole


Note from BW of Brazil: The question of race, racial identity and racial classification will always be at the root of any question dealing with race-oriented issues in Brazil. Which … Continue reading

January 13, 2016 · 6 Comments

“I just play futebol”: After racist taunts during game in Spain, Neymar continues Pelé’s shameful history of silence on race issues


Note from BW of Brazil: He’s back!!! It’s funny, in our year-ending New Year’s Eve post featuring our most viewed posts of the year, futebol superstar Neymar appeared in the … Continue reading

January 8, 2016 · 13 Comments