Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“We black men and women are in the line of fire”: Sociologist and ombudswoman Vilma Reis fights for the collective empowerment of the black population


Note from BW of Brazil: If you’re not already aware, Afro-Brazilians are in a state of emergency. I know there are those who will read such a statement and immediately … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

Afro-entrepreneurship on display at Feira Black (Black Expo) which will address racial issues and bring together fashion, music, culinary arts and dance


Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so this event took place last Sunday, but I wanted to present the story as yet another example of the growing genre known as Afro-entrepreneurship … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

The daughter of a street vendor, Mahany Pery from São Gonçalo in Rio de Janeiro, becomes the darling of the fashion industry


Note from BW of Brazil: What words come to mind when you look at this young lady? Gorgeous? Striking? Lovely? Stunning? I’m sure as people fixate on her photos, more … Continue reading

June 7, 2017 · 3 Comments

Mãe Beata de Iemanjá, religious leader known for her struggle against racial prejudice, dies at 86 


Note from BW of Brazil: Bahia, Rio and Brazil’s Afro-Brazilian religious community is in mourning over the passing of a great woman, leader, warrior, and inspiration, Mãe Beata. Here is how … Continue reading

June 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

“Black Skin, White Masks”: Based on Fanon classic, dance company presents spectacular of black dance based on studies of ethno-racial relations in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil:  Any person who has had any sort of interest in the situation of African descendants living under the domination of Europeans and their descendants has … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

A mirror of false reflection that doesn’t fit our image, the word is not amor (love), it’s dengo


Note from BW of Brazil: As we continue to try to re-construct our realities as African peoples stolen from our lands, we must deal with the multiplicity of methods that the … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Singer Xênia França is a force of nature: With the voice, a groove and a warrior spirit, meet the goddess whose star is rising on São Paulo’s black music scene


Note from Black Women of Brazil: Music is another of my all-time passions. Since I was a kid my taste in music has evolved quite a bit. In my household … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Seun Kuti, son of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, films video for his song “Black Woman” with cast of Afro-Brazilian women in Rio and Porto Alegre


Note from BW of Brazil: In a post from November of 2013, BW of Brazil presented an article about an homage to the late, great Nigerian Afrobeat musician Fela Kuti. … Continue reading

November 12, 2016 · 4 Comments

“Negressencia”: Spectacular considers the history of Rio Grande do Sul, one of Brazil’s whitest states, from the perspective of black women


Note from BW of Brazil: Wow! All I can say is that I wish I could be there! The photos and background to this spectacular look inspiring. As we’ve seen … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

In short films, women are playing a leading role in the production of ‘Cinema Negro’, Black Cinema


Note from BW of Brazil: Welcome to 2016 and welcome back to Black Women of Brazil! It’s great to know that readers have the interest and are taking the time … Continue reading

January 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

The theory of ’embranquecimento’- Brazil’s agenda to whiten its black population had an accomplice: black leaders


Note from BW of Brazil: In today’s report, we seek to further a conversation that has been growing within Afro-Brazilian oriented social networks and activist circles. It is a topic … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · 6 Comments

Only five days to go!! On November 18th, 20,000 black women will march on the nation’s capital!!!


Note from BW of Brazil: Unbelievable! It’s always amazing to see how time flies, especially when there is a lot of planning, organizing and participation of an upcoming event that … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Raiz Forte (strong root) project launches website about black women and their experiences


Note from BW of Brazil: With the story of black women being, for all intents and purposed, non-existent in the mainstream media, books, websites, seminars, projects and organizations that shine … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Movimento das Mulheres Negras Capixabas: The Black Woman’s Movement of Espírito Santo


Note from BW of Brazil: The struggle of black Brazilian women to be simply recognized as black women, change the public perception as well as the social position of black … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment