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“Palmitagem exists, I am an example”: Black man reflects on growing up in Rio & how the culture and racial hierarchy influences the adoration of white girls


Note from BW of Brazil: Before I present today’s text I would like to provide a little background of how it came to be. It all started back in April … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · 14 Comments

We need to recognize our ‘palmitagem’, the preference for white skin


Note from BW of Brazil: Yes, it’s a topic that’s been frequently addressed here on this blog. And it’s an ongoing debate, discussion and even argument, but there is still … Continue reading

May 27, 2016 · 11 Comments

Analyzing “palmitagem”: the racist policy of whitening the black population


Note from BW of Brazil: It is an ongoing debate/dialogue/argument among black Brazilians. As more and more people become conscious of the depths of indoctrination in terms of the worship … Continue reading

December 28, 2015

Mixed/brown girls, mulatas, beige, exotic? No. They are black! Women tell how they discovered being black and the difference it makes in practice


Note from BW of Brazil: It may seem strange for anyone of African descent who doesn’t live in a Latin American country, but knowing or accepting a black identity isn’t … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

Brazilian government threatens the land rights of quilombolas; inhabitants are descendants of fugitive slave communities protected by Constitution


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s been a while since I approached this topic and now more than ever, we must inform the world of what’s happening to black Brazilians … Continue reading

August 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Black men and relationships with black women


Note from BW of Brazil: Similar to my previous post that discussed the importance of understanding what it is to be a black man in Brazilian society, as the dialogue … Continue reading

July 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

African-centered relationships, black solitude and the preference for whiteness


Note from BW of Brazil: Ya know, this has been a topic that has received ample attention on this blog. And the reason is actually quite simple: people are discussing … Continue reading

June 12, 2017 · 5 Comments

“But if I were Snow White would you marry me?” – The construction of the affectivity of a black woman deconstructing fairy tales


Note from BW of Brazil: The solitude of the black Brazilian woman is a topic that has been approached in numerous previous posts on this blog. Specifically over the period … Continue reading

June 5, 2017 · 2 Comments

Black Consciousness presupposes self-love; self-love presupposes reflecting on being passed over in relationships


Note from BW of Brazil: Well I must say that it is now getting interesting! What I’m speaking on is an increasing number of Afro-Brazilians, normally women, but increasingly men, … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Meet 12 YouTubers who are empowering black Brazilian women on the internet


Note from BW of Brazil: You gotta admit it. YouTube has opened up a flood of opportunities for common, everyday people that simply weren’t possible just over a decade ago. … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

One woman, passed over in so many ways: Are black men more likely to listen to concerns of black women if they are articulated by white women?


Note from BW of Brazil: The depths of this issue get deeper and deeper with every passing piece on the topic. Just a few days ago, Léo Custódio’s piece and affirmation … Continue reading

January 2, 2017 · 20 Comments

Happy New Year and Welcome to 2017!! Re-visit the top 10 Black Women of Brazil posts for 2016!!


Well, here we are again!! It’s seems like every year we marvel at how fast the time went by. Yes, another year! And what a year it was!! 2016 saw … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · 3 Comments

“I loved the black doll, auntie”: The best Christmas message that I received – The difficulty of embracing blackness in a country that wants to be white


Note from BW of Brazil: So today I’m bringing you perhaps a lighter post than what was posted yesterday (on recognizing ‘palmitagem’ in the pursuit of white romantic partners), but … Continue reading

December 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why do the vast majority of funk music videos by male singers overwhelmingly feature white and light-skinned mestiça women in lead and background roles?


Note from BW of Brazil: The origins of today’s post actually go back several months. The first incident that made me think of covering this topic was a spirited debate … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · 7 Comments