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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

“Books by whites don’t interest us. Here is the space of appreciation of our own”: Musician creates project to preserve traditions in quilombola community


Note from BW of Brazil: While people continue to believe that Brazil is a country in which the various races form one great, big, happy family, the truth is quite … Continue reading

May 28, 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

“She doesn’t represent the gaúcha woman (who) is white and beautiful, not black”: Contestant in beauty contest target of comments questioning her participation


Note from BW of Brazil: Oh well, here we go again. Over the years I’ve covered quite a few of these beauty contests that take place in Brazil. I’ve seen … Continue reading

April 1, 2018 · 4 Comments

Since 2011, Brazilian purchases of American sperm for artificial insemination has increased by 3,000%; 95% chose white male donors, 51% chose men with blue eyes


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, well, what have we here but more evidence of what I’ve been pointing out since the debut of this blog? A recent article from … Continue reading

March 31, 2018 · 1 Comment

There are white people in the samba: Carnival is also a time to discuss privileges; when people not connected to the culture get the exposure and the money


Note from BW of Brazil: “The Party’s Over, Time To Call It A Day…” Well, not quite. But as the champions of the big party are named, the country will … Continue reading

February 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

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