Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Eugenics in Brazil: In the early 20th century, elites believed racial improvement was only possible with a project favoring predominance of the white race

Note from BW of Brazil: You know, the further you look into Brazil’s past the more you come to realize that the country’s leaders were every bit as committed to … Continue reading

February 27, 2018 · 2 Comments

Whiteness, the perfect (white) man and the promotion of eugenics in funk singer Ludmilla’s ‘Hoje’ video

Note from BW of Brazil: Throughout several articles here on the blog, we’ve discussed the Brazilian obsession with whiteness and 19th century elites promotion of racial mixture with the ultimate … Continue reading

January 10, 2016 · 9 Comments

“I never imagined that I would be so loved”: Singer Ludmilla celebrates 10 million followers and becomes the most followed black woman in Brazil

Note from BW of Brazil: It seems like every time I do an update on this young lady, she reaches some new plateau. In 2012, she released her song “Fala … Continue reading

June 27, 2018 · 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

Since 2011, Brazilian purchases of American sperm for artificial insemination has increased by 3,000%; 95% chose white male donors, 51% chose men with blue eyes

Note from BW of Brazil: Well, well, what have we here but more evidence of what I’ve been pointing out since the debut of this blog? A recent article from … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · 2 Comments

“Who’s afraid of black couples?” In Brazil’s media, seeing a romantic pair that features a black man and black woman is a rarity – What’s the message here?

Note from BW of Brazil: Well, needless to say, it’s a question that needs to be asked. Although I haven’t put the question in the same manner as the title … Continue reading

March 5, 2018 · 2 Comments

Singer Ludmilla is among a list of Brazilians nominated for the Latino Grammy Awards

Note from BW of Brazil: Love her or hate her, you gotta admit, singer Ludmilla don’ come a LLOONNGG way baby! I still clearly remember several years ago hearing her … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

“Black is the color of love, but also the color of the struggle” – Video for song “Negra” by Rio singer Marina Íris debuts online

Note from BW of Brazil: Let’s just be real. A song sung by a black woman featuring black women as the main focus and primary presence of a music video? … Continue reading

May 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Record TV host calls black funk singer Ludmilla a monkey on live TV

Note from BW of Brazil: Nothing really surprising here. Just more from the land of “we are all equal”. This incident is only noteworthy because it happened on live television. … Continue reading

January 18, 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

Criminalization of the black male: In photo of campaign against pedophilia, São Paulo buses use image of black hands grabbing a little white girl

Note from BW of Brazil: Ya know, sometimes I really do believe that people and organizations do certain things, the more outrageous the better, precisely to garner a reaction from … Continue reading

December 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Throwback to slavery era? In the city of Vassouras, descendant of plantation owner dresses as ‘mistress’ and employees as slaves to greet & serve tourists

Note from BW of Brazil: So you wanna understand how race relations work in Brazil? Today’s article is a perfect example of how Brazil’s 350 year experiment with slavery and … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · 5 Comments

It’s the fifth year anniversary of the Black Women of Brazil blog!! Meet the site’s creator and editor!

The Black Women of Brazil blog first appeared on the web on November 18, 2011. So it’s been five years now! Wow! I guess you say it’s kind of a … Continue reading

November 22, 2016 · 20 Comments

When Brazilian guys blow up online for being ‘hot’, why are they always white? – It’s really not hard to tell in EuroCentric Brazil!

Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s article is actually kinda funny because it touches on the reality  of race from another angle that the “we are all equal” discourse doesn’t allow … Continue reading

October 24, 2016 · 45 Comments