Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“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 · Leave a comment

Singer Xênia França is a force of nature: With the voice, a groove and a warrior spirit, meet the goddess whose star is rising on São Paulo’s black music scene


Note from Black Women of Brazil: Music is another of my all-time passions. Since I was a kid my taste in music has evolved quite a bit. In my household … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Culture silences racism: Black artists are gaining visibility and occupying spaces in institutions that previously ignored them


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, in reality, I would have to disagree with the title chosen for today’s post. Cultural practices and exhibits may be ways of responding to … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

“It’s no use equating the experience of being a black woman in Brazil and being white”: From genocide, to feminism & racism, filmmaker Viviane Ferreira discusses the black Brazilian experience


Note from BW of Brazil: For five years now, this blog has presented material that breaks down the differences between being white in Brazil and being black. Although millions around … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

In Salvador, Bahia, male and female models participate in selection for Afro Fashion Day parade


Note fro BW of Brazil: Salvador, Bahia, in Brazil’s northeast, is known internationally for the strong African influence on its culture. And this influence can noted in the music, groups … Continue reading

November 11, 2016 · 3 Comments

Combining technology and knowledge of Afro-Brazilian culture with contemporary issues, NoBrasil releases web series AfroTranscendence


Note from BW of Brazil: Needless to say, I’m very excited about this project! Over the years since media became such a powerful medium for telling stories, spreading news and … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Where were black Brazilians during the protests calling for the president’s removal? They came out in force in a separate rally in her support!


Note from BW of Brazil: Featured in a previous post, the protests throughout Brazil calling for the end of the Dilma Rousseff presidency captured international headlines last week but several … Continue reading

March 24, 2016

Samba Roots: What was the historical significance of black women in samba?


Note from BW of Brazil: Studying the history of samba is a key element to understanding the struggle of Afro-Brazilians. From its beginnings, the musical genre that would later become Brazil’s … Continue reading

March 5, 2016 · 4 Comments

Five things every black child learns in school – why it is necessary to broaden our references beyond the positivist perspective of Europeans


Note from BW of Brazil: Brazil’s school system is yet another avenue for which persons of African ancestry are invisible or made to look inferior in comparison to other groups. … Continue reading

December 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

“I am a woman. I’m from the periphery. But I still have an advantage: I’m white” – The recognition of white privilege and racism


Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes one has to accept the idea that coincidences don’t exist. Sometimes things happen in the universe that demonstrate that things are supposed the happen … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · 3 Comments

In Santa Catarina, a southern state considered the “Brazilian Europe”, blacks make up only 15% of the population: Black women of the state continue to prepare for the National Black Women’s March!


Note from BW of Brazil: Over the years we have noted a rising consciousness, organization, sisterhood and determination among black women of Brazil. Black women’s organizations, events dedicated to the … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · 2 Comments

“For us, by us!”: Afronta, new newspaper in Minas Gerais brings black faces and culture to media outlets


Note from BW of Brazil: As followers of this blog well know, media representation is a regular and important theme for us. And it should be. Whether one likes to … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 8 Comments

Whitewashing history: Play in Rio de Janeiro inspired by Afro-Brazilian historical figures but portrayed by white actors!


Note from BW of Brazil: Incredible! These people NEVER give up! The latest controversy coming out of Brazil involving black (mis)representation and history is neither new or surprising. As has … Continue reading

June 20, 2015 · 45 Comments

Religious intolerance leads to death of 90-year old priestess and stoning in head of 11-year old girl; both initiates of Candomblé – Fanatic Evangelicals accused in both incidents


Note from BW of Brazil: When will it end? The past few weeks have been very difficult for followers of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé. It seems that the brutal attacks on … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · Leave a comment