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Another innocent victim in the ‘war on drugs’: 16-year-old student shot dead in favela during shootout between police and drug traffickers in Rio


Note from BW of Brazil: I’ve said it several times in past posts. With the prevalence of violence throughout Brazil, I could run a blog that focuses solely on general … Continue reading

January 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

“War on drugs” claims yet another victim! This time 13-year old Christian Andrade, who was shot after attempting to help a woman that had hit the ground


Note from BW of Brazil: So this is how it works in Brazil. Consistently. Military Police wage a so-called “guerra às drogas” (war on drugs) but yet week after week, … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · Leave a 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

Amnesty Int’l calls for reduction of black deaths; five activists from every region of Brazil carry casket and present 63,000 signatures to Ministry of Justice


Note from BW of Brazil: It is an issue that we can never talk too much about. Black youth in Brazil are dropping like flies, victims of a Brazilian homicide … Continue reading

December 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

Dying in Brazil because of skin color: Homicide rate of black and brown adolescents in the country is three times higher than that of whites


Note from BW of Brazil: It is a harsh reality, but a fact that we must come to terms with: human life has very little value in Brazil. There’s really … Continue reading

November 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Hell” de Janeiro! Residents complain about Armed Forces stops in the Rocinha favela: Shocking images from Rio’s slums show daily life under occupation


Note from BW of Brazil: If a picture is worth a thousand words, about 9,000 words of shocking photos give you a brief introduction to life under military occupation. This … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · 4 Comments

31 people were murdered last weekend in Salvador, Bahia; in first 100 days of 2017, 649 murders registered in city known as “Black Rome” and its metro region


Note from BW of Brazil: What’s goin’ on in Salvador, Bahia? The northeastern Brazil city is known as “Black Rome”, Brazil’s “mecca” of black culture and its enormous population of … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

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

“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

A mother’s pain: ‘You destroyed my life,’ says mother who smeared the blood of her child on her face after he was killed in a clash between police and drug dealers


Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes a photo and a headline says it all. That is clearly the case in today’s story. Sad to say that this happens far too … Continue reading

June 20, 2016 · 8 Comments

Race, revolution and interracial relations: Revisiting rapper Emicida’s video ‘Boa Esperança’, the most courageous video of 2015


Note from BW of Brazil: Get ready! Today’s piece is one of those long articles in which you must read every word in order to get the full significance. The … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · 1 Comment

Blacks are the most threatened by the economic crisis in Brazil, says UN rapporteur


Note from BW of Brazil: Brazil’s free fall from its spectacular rise on the world economic stage has been frustrating, disappointing, devastating and has left millions wondering what the future … Continue reading

October 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

In 80% black Salvador, Bahia, African-American neuroscientist Carl Hart says “blacks seem to be in the hands of white people”


Note from BW of Brazil: A few days ago here on the blog, we featured a story that detailed the experiences of non-Brazilian blacks visiting or living in Brazil. The … Continue reading

September 13, 2015 · 8 Comments

French photographer registers 400 “funk dances” in Rio; provides insight into disparaged and misunderstood community


  Note from BW of Brazil: Over the past few decades, the sounds of “Brazilian Funk” have gained quite a following outside of Brazil. Several countries in Europe have developed … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · 3 Comments