As former President Lula da Silva prepares to hand himself over for imprisonment, black leaders reflect on his administration’s effects on the black population
Note from BW of Brazil: I have to admit, I really didn’t think it would actually happen. I mean, we’ve all seen accusations of corruption against politicians, we’ve seen single … Continue reading
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
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
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
“The place of blacks is not in Mackenzie. It’s in the prison”: Racist graffiti causes outrage among students at University of Mackenzie in São Paulo
Note from BW of Brazil: What’s to say here? Just another example of a contradictory Brazil in everyone wants to believe that “somos todos iguais” (we are all equal) while … Continue reading
The imprisoned woman in Brazil is young, black and with low education; in one state prison, privatization coincides with prisoner increase of 624%!
Note from BW of Brazil: Brazil is quickly increasing its stake in a “prison planet”. This is one conclusion that one could come if we take a quick glance and … Continue reading
“Today I woke up with the will to scream: I AM BLACK!! I AM THE PROOF!!” – After imprisonment for a murder with no evidence of her guilt, Rio native has a new understanding of what it means to be black
Note from BW of Brazil: So what exactly is the experience of being black in Brazil, in the West and in the world? Is it just phenotype based upon physical … Continue reading
Trouble catching a cab? Constant police harassment? Majority in prisons and slums? 127 years after the end of slavery, racism continues to dominate the lives of black Brazilians
Note from BW of Brazil: Yesterday, May 13th, marked the 127th year since the official abolition of slavery in Brazil. And while the institution of human bondage came to a … Continue reading
After two weeks, black women remains imprisoned after Italian tourist murdered; with no clear evidence of her involvement, activists call for her freedom!
Note from BW of Brazil: We first reported this story about a week and a half ago and, unfortunately, there is still no good news to report. An Italian tourist … Continue reading
The prison and its walls: When black people continuously reproduce the acceptance of internalized European aesthetics
Note from BW of Brazil: The BW of Brazil blog tackles a lot of issues that affect the Afro-Brazilian community on a regular basis and tries to do so in … Continue reading
Artist sentenced to prison for comic strip: Is this depiction of a black woman and children racist or a condemnation of racism?
Note from BW of Brazil: The idea for the creation of the Black Women of Brazil blog was give a little more media space, even if just a little, to … Continue reading
The 1835 Revolt of the Malês: The Legacy of the black Muslims that rebelled in Bahia 53 years before the abolition of slavery
Note from BW of Brazil: Many years ago when I began to learn about the struggle of Afro-Brazilians to achieve equality in a Brazilian society that treated them as second class … Continue reading
On average, on Brazil’s top TV networks, Globo, Record and SBT, only 8% of current casts of soap operas are black
Note from BW of Brazil: I’ve said this before, it’s an across the board policy. Since the controversy surrounding the cast of Brazil’s top television network Globo TV’s newest novela … Continue reading