Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Macaco? Really? But have you ever really done the comparison? Lips. Hair. Skin color. Who is it that really looks more like a monkey?


Note from BW of Brazil: I’m not even gonna spend much time on this one. Believe me, there are already thousands of people who have weighed in on this issue, … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Go back to the slave quarters, monkey, and straighten that hair!” – Black woman punched and dragged by her hair in a pub; aggressor pays fine and walks


  Note from BW of Brazil: I ask the question again: With aggressive, blatantly racist assaults happening in Brazil for so long, how is it that the nation managed to … Continue reading

July 3, 2017 · 9 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

“I have money so I’ll get away with it”! 70-year old lawyer pulls a black woman’s hair, slaps & calls her ‘monkey’; after paying bail, walks out of jail


Note from BW of Brazil: In previous articles posted on this blog, I’ve described racism in Brazil as the ‘perfect crime’. I define it as ‘perfect’ because time after time … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · 3 Comments

Journalist who was fired for calling funk singer Ludmilla a monkey on live TV is hired by another top network


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, I told you so! I hate the fact that my prediction turned out to be true, but as we saw in a previous article … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

TV host fired after calling black singer a ‘monkey’ on the air; singer and TV network both issue statements


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, I have to admit, I am a bit surprised at how quick this situation was taken care of. In all honesty, I thought this … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 6 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

“If I don’t see myself, I don’t buy”: Photo of black girl on representation receives barrage of racist comments; girl compared to monkey & accused of ‘playing the victim’


Note from BW of Brazil: Wow, wow, WOW! According to a mythology that has existed for since at least the 1930s, one would believe that racist sentiments, comments and heated … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Teacher calls black student a monkey during a fight at a school in Rio; placed on administrative leave pending further investigation


Note from BW of Brazil: White teacher. Black student. Brazilian school. Monkey? In reality, there’s not much necessary to even say about this incident. Another day in Brazil. Another example of … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

Haitian student called ‘monkey’ and assaulted in Foz do Iguaçu; assailants blame suspended President Dilma for his presence in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: Let’s be clear about something. Brazilians DON’T like Haitians  and DON’T like Africans! This latest assault on a black immigrant once again demonstrates the anti-black, … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · 10 Comments

“Many see a monkey, I see Aladdin’s best friend”: Father apologizes after dressing his black son as Abu from Disney’s ‘Aladdin’ cartoon


Note from BW of Brazil: Hmm, OK, so how should we file this? Should we label it under “we Brazilians aren’t racists”? The “difficulty of Brazilians admitting racist gaffes”? The … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · 11 Comments

Police identify 30 people in investigation of internet racism against popular actress – but black Brazilians are called “monkey” everyday: what will they do about this when the victim isn’t famous?


Note from BW of Brazil: Below we present a short update on the situation involving the racist hostility directed at actress Taís Araújo last week in a phenomenon that represents just … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · 3 Comments

“Quota monkeys get out!” – Racial tension intensifies after more racist graffiti found at university; but why is there more outrage over the repudiation than the racism that provoked it?


Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s piece provides us with the latest example of how racial tensions continue to heat up in Brazil. Back in March, we presented a report … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Woman called black mall employees “monkeys”; after angry crowd gathers, suspect hides in store.


Note from BW of Brazil: Alright so what else in new in Brazil? Another woman expresses how she feels about black people in a racist manner. We really have to … Continue reading

October 2, 2015 · 2 Comments