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President’s reforms racist and genocidal, say leaders of Movimento Negro in protest; government austerity measures leading to demonstrations across the country

Note from BW of Brazil: The social situation in modern day Brazil has many wondering how they will survive, particularly under new measures being taken by current President Michel Temer. … Continue reading

April 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

What is the real reason for the imprisonment of former President Lula da Silva? According to sociologist, hatred of the poor and policies lifting Brazilians out of poverty

Note from BW of Brazil: I must say, the past few years have seemed like a modern witch hunt. However one feels about embattled former Brazilian President Lula da Silva, … Continue reading

April 10, 2018 · 4 Comments

Rio councilwoman Marielle Franco assassinated with four shots to the head; in execution style murder, assailants also killed the driver of the vehicle

Note from BW of Brazil: When I was going up an elevator this morning, I had no idea why people in my WhatsApp groups were suddenly posting photos of Rio … Continue reading

March 16, 2018 · 5 Comments

“My God, Is Slavery Extinct?”: With stinging criticism of political elites, samba school invokes Brazil’s slave past as commentary on modern condition of the people

Note from BW of Brazil: As I took a pause in the action for some days of much needed relaxation, I mostly tuned out of this year’s Carnaval festivities. But thanks … Continue reading

February 26, 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

Minister of Human Rights at center of controversy after saying her monthly R$33,000 salary is equal to ‘slave work’: “How will I eat, drink and put on shoes?”

Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes I really have to wonder what goes on in the minds of black elites. I mean, some of the things they say and do make … Continue reading

November 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

After the economic boom of the last decade, Brazil returns to poverty; one million more people expected to join the ranks of poverty by year’s end

Note from BW of Brazil: I must say that the swift fall has been even more stunning than the success of the previous decade. How many of us remember the … Continue reading

November 2, 2017 · 3 Comments

“Not one less quilombo!”: On August 16th, the future of millions of quilombolas (maroon society inhabitants) will be decided in the Federal Supreme Court

Note from BW of Brazil: This coming week, Brazil’s Supreme Court (Supremo Tribunal Federal) will make a decisionn that will affect the lives of tens of thousands of Brazilians. They … Continue reading

August 13, 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

77-year old black woman brings down the house at book festival with an emotional speech on racism; words lead top black actor and many others to tears

Note from BW of Brazil: So last Saturday, I received this video in one of my social networks. As I was busy and receive so many messages and videos, I … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

The lowest paid with highest rates of unemployment, controversial labor reform worsens situation of black women in the labor market

Note from BW of Brazil: As Brazilians are surely seeing now, they got far more than what they bargained for when millions to the streets over the past few years … Continue reading

April 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Across the nation, Brazilians take to the streets in a general strike against President’s reforms that threaten basic workers’ rights, retirement and Constitution

Note from BW of Brazil: If you haven’t heard by now, millions of Brazilians are outraged with the sweeping reforms that President Michel Temer’s administration is implementing. These reforms could … Continue reading

April 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

Must black elites “sell out” to maintain status? Black women put Minister of Human Rights on blast after she denominates President “godfather of black women”

Note from BW of Brazil: Why does this seem to be such a common story? Black person struggles, achieves success and reaches the pinnacle of their career but as soon … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 3 Comments

November 20th, Day of Black Consciousness in Brazil: With political turn to the right, black activists see a threat of rolling back progress made in the past decade

Note from BW of Brazil: Today is the Day of Black Consciousness in Brazil, celebrated in hundreds of cities across the country. And while it remains an important symbol of … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · 23 Comments