Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Coming to terms with female palmitagem (preference for whiteness): “Deeply hurt and exploited, I no longer want to be used as a sex hole for white boys”


Note from BW of Brazil: I’ve been wanting to post this piece as soon as I read it. It is a very important piece in the ongoing debate over the … Continue reading

July 19, 2018 · 3 Comments

With the release of documentary ‘The Case of the Wrong Man’, Camila de Moraes becomes first black woman director in 34 years to have film released in commercial theater – What took so long?


Note from BW of Brazil: The work and importance of black Brazilians filmmakers is yet another area that is very important to this blog. Afro-Brazilians have been creating incredible short … Continue reading

May 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

Should we celebrate this date? May 13th: 13 decades past the end of slavery and the black population still has no rights guaranteed


Note from BW of Brazil: Can you think of anything that would be worth celebrating or remembering on May 13th? This year, it fell on a Sunday, just yesterday. Well … Continue reading

May 15, 2018 · 1 Comment

“The validation we want is usually white”: Why black romantic relationships tend to be complex


Note from BW of Brazil: As with many personal texts I come across, translate and post on this blog, when I read today’s piece, I thought the author deserved applause. … Continue reading

April 6, 2018 · 5 Comments

Singer Anitta harshly criticized for her silence on councilwoman Marielle Franco’s murder; should artists be expected to take on social issues?


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s been more than two weeks since councilwoman Marielle Franco was brutally murdered on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. In the days and weeks … Continue reading

March 30, 2018 · 2 Comments

Egnalda Côrtes: Meet the woman behind some of Brazil’s most popular black YouTubers


Note from BW of Brazil: I gotta say that I impressed with this business venture. In the past few years, I’ve posted a number of articles showing how the popular … Continue reading

January 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Journalist digitally darkens skin color of important white Brazilians and foreignors for exhibit and is accused of using blackface


Note from BW of Brazil: I’ve been wanting to cover this story since I first learned about it over a month ago. Today, I won’t comment on it. First, I … Continue reading

December 31, 2017 · 1 Comment

Can we finally put this fallacious phrase to rest? These seven women explain why it is racist to say that “we are all equal” in a society that is so unequal in terms of race


Note from BW of Brazil: It is a phrase that this writer has rallied against for some time now. The utterance of this phrase in response, usually to yet another … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

The empowerment of black womanhood: Finding their paths through fashion, Hip Hop and urban culture, three women share their life stories


Note from BW of Brazil: Since I had the idea of creating this blog several years, I’ve received countless messages on this blog and the social network profiles connected it … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Number of women prisoners in Brazil grows 700% in 16 years; main reason for incarceration is drug trafficking


Note from BW of Brazil: Well this is actually not surprising. A shame, but not surprising. As the “powers that shouldn’t be” continue to construct this prison planet, it should … Continue reading

September 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

“I am a black woman”: After much criticism and confusion over her racial identity, popular YouTuber Rayza Nicácio declares herself ‘negra’


Note from BW of Brazil: Such a very Brazilian story! If you’ve ever had any dealings with Brazilians, particularly those who you may see as black but who don’t see … Continue reading

June 29, 2017 · 7 Comments

In new video, singer Mallu Magalhães is accused of racism and white privilege after employing numerous stereotypes in the appearance of her black dancers


Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes I wonder how it is that things that happen in one country seem to sometimes happen in other countries. For example, anyone who has … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

When street harassment is combined with racism: Personal reflection and film deal with the effects of “catcalling” on Afro-Brazilian women


Note from BW of Brazil: What comes to mind when men think of black women? And what is it that comes to mind when men think of white women? And what comes … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · 6 Comments

UN Women launches digital action with black Brazilian women YouTubers in the fight against racism and for black representation


Note from BW of Brazil: Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade or so, you’re probably quite familiar with the star-making potential of the online video … Continue reading

March 29, 2017 · Leave a comment