Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Afro-Brazilian religions win court ruling against Record TV; network’s programs demonized adherents and possibly incited violent attacks on houses of worship


Note from BW of Brazil: This is some unexpected good news! Long overdue but never late than never. In past posts, this blog has tried to alert its readers about … Continue reading

April 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

Sad week…On consecutive days, Afro-Brazilian culture loses two amazing black women: Singer Dona Ivone Lara at age 97 and folklorist Raquel Trindade at age 81


Note from BW of Brazil: It goes without saying that these two stories were the biggest items of the week in terms of black culture. First, on Monday, I came … Continue reading

April 20, 2018 · Leave a comment

Our stories: The history of quilombo Palmares, one of the greatest stories of black resistance to slavery, is now in comic form in ‘Angola Janga – A history of Palmares’


Note from BW of Brazil: It goes with saying that, in terms of Black History, the story of the great quilombo known as Palmares is one of the greatest. Just to … Continue reading

January 10, 2018 · 3 Comments

State of black Brazil? Black award ceremony honors mayor, wealthy descendant of slave owners, who has 72% disapproval rating in black community


Pathy Dejesus Pathy DejesusPathy Dejesus orixásNote from BW of Brazil: Let me ask you something. When was the last time you had one of those WTF moments? You what I’m … Continue reading

December 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Where are our black superheroes? Inspired by Marvel Comics, Bahian artist turns myths of African Orixás (deities) into superheroes


Note from BW of Brazil: Just like any young boy, I spent a great amount of my time in the fantasy world of the superheroes. It was a regular part … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

Turning white: Why do they whiten blacks in movies, soap operas, advertisements and in history?


Note from BW of Brazil: You’ve seen it before…Think about it. When was the last time you saw a film, TV series or advertisement that featured a white actor/actress or … Continue reading

November 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Drug traffickers and pastors united by prejudice? Is Evangelical demonizing of Afro-Brazilian religions to blame for recent violent assaults?


Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes it’s pretty amazing the things that happen in Brazil but people still wanna believe that “we are all equal“. I mean, let’s not even … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · 3 Comments

Leaders of Afro-Brazilian religions living in fear as “Evangelical drug dealers” destroy seven temples in one month in Rio; traffickers filmed, posted assaults online


Note from BW of Brazil: We must really ask ourselves, what the hell is going on in Rio de Janeiro? In numerous previous posts, we’ve brought you information on the … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

Cooking, Candomblé and ancestry: Researcher & cultural producer learned that in religion of African origin, cooks are guardians of knowledge


Note from BW of Brazil: In highlighting the contributions of Africans in Brazil, numerous articles have touched upon the importance of music, dance, martial arts, religion and quilombos among topics. … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

“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 · 2 Comments

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 · 4 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