Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Another quilombola community leader murdered in Bahia: 36-year old Binho latest in string of assassinations most likely connected to land rights


Note from BW of Brazil: The people know what’s going on. Some months back, as the issue of land rights of Afro-Brazilian fugitive slave communities began to heat up (see … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Brazilian wins scholarship in Obama program with project that links tourism to quilombola communities


Note from BW of Brazil: Barack Obama has been out of the White House for more than eight months now, but even so, his name continues to make headlines within Brazil’s … Continue reading

September 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

Students at the University of Brasília form the Quilombook club and dedicate themselves to debates on books written by black authors


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s no secret that the presence of Afro-Brazilians has been minuscule in numerous areas of Brazilian society. If every area of invisibility of black Brazilians … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · 2 Comments

As the dispute over land rights heats up, eight quilombola (maroon society) inhabitants have recently been murdered in the state of Bahia


Note from BW of Brazil: The situation involving quilombo territories something we should be paying close attention to. In case you’re not familiar with quilombos and quilombos and their importance in … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

“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

“They don’t even serve for procreating”: In Jewish club, Congressman Jair Bolsonaro, the “Brazilian Trump”, infuriates Afro-Brazilians with comments on black quilombo communities


Note from BW of Brazil: As this blog is specifically focused on issues of race with a focus on the experiences of black Brazilian women, the subject of today’s post … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

For black quilombola girls, victims of enslavement and sexual abuse in the state of Goiás, there was no hashtag calling for justice


Note from BW of Brazil: With the most recent Military Police bloodbath that claimed the lives of still more young black males, we find yet another example of Brazil’s selection … Continue reading

December 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

In the southern state of Paraná, a descendant of a quilombo, communities established by fugitives escaping slavery, becomes the first to earn a Ph.D


Note from BW of Brazil: The history of the quilombo is an important piece in the struggle of Afro-Brazilians. These independent communities were established by fugitives escaping the cruelty and … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

75% of quilombolas, descendants of runaway slave societies, live in extreme poverty


 Note from BW of Brazil: The history of quilombos in Brazil is an important part of the history of black resistance within a racist society. A quilombo, known as a … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Maria Beatriz Nascimento (1942-1995): Intellectual militant of the Movimento Negro, poet and historian of quilombos, Brazil’s runaway slave societies


Maria Beatriz Nascimento (1942 – 1995) “Being black is facing a history of almost five hundred years of resistance to pain, physical and moral suffering, the feeling of not existing, the … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

After 170 years, the important of blacks in one of Brazil’s bloodiest wars, the Farroupilha Revolution, is still minimized, says doctor in history


Note from BW of Brazil: Afro-Brazilian historians and activists have been saying this for a long time: black Brazilians are mostly non-existent in Brazilian history textbooks. Beyond representation as slaves, … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Slave struggles and the end of slavery in Brazil: How revolts, organized resistance and fugitive slave communities contributed to the end of slavery in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: It is often said that history is always told from the perspective of the winners and in my own experience of investigating and “un-learning” generally … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Black fatherhood: Beyond the stereotype linking black men to absence, being a black father means taking extra care


Note from BW of Brazil: For many people, certain stereotypical images come to mind when the words homem negro, meaning black man, come up. In Brazil, when people think of … Continue reading

October 7, 2017 · 2 Comments