Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Too light to portray a dark-skinned woman? After controversy, singer Fabiana Cozza renounces role as legendary Dona Ivone Lara in a musical


Note from BW of Brazil: This is a follow up report on the controversy surrounding the choice of singer Fabiana Cozza to portray a very important singer/songwriter in the world … Continue reading

June 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Exalting itself the “blackest religion of Brazil”, but with no space for the discussion of black issues, are black identity and Neo-Pentecostal currents incompatible?


Note from BW of Brazil: Yet another trap for Africans and African descendants worldwide. White supremacy has so many weapons that when it doesn’t succeed in dominating black people through … Continue reading

May 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

After experiencing racism as both guests and hosts, four Afro-Brazilians create Diaspora.Black agency to help black travelers find more welcoming destinations


Note from BW of Brazil: Of course here at BW of Brazil, the focus is on the issue of race as it affects persons of visible African ancestry in Brazil. … Continue reading

March 6, 2018 · 4 Comments

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

Drug traffickers and pastors united by prejudice? Is Evangelical demonizing of Afro-Brazilian religions to blame for recent violent assaults?


Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes it’s pretty amazing the things that happen in Brazil but people still wanna believe that “we are all equal“. I mean, let’s not even … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · 3 Comments

Leaders of Afro-Brazilian religions living in fear as “Evangelical drug dealers” destroy seven temples in one month in Rio; traffickers filmed, posted assaults online


Note from BW of Brazil: We must really ask ourselves, what the hell is going on in Rio de Janeiro? In numerous previous posts, we’ve brought you information on the … Continue reading

September 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

The empowerment of black womanhood: Finding their paths through fashion, Hip Hop and urban culture, three women share their life stories


Note from BW of Brazil: Since I had the idea of creating this blog several years, I’ve received countless messages on this blog and the social network profiles connected it … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Cooking, Candomblé and ancestry: Researcher & cultural producer learned that in religion of African origin, cooks are guardians of knowledge


Note from BW of Brazil: In highlighting the contributions of Africans in Brazil, numerous articles have touched upon the importance of music, dance, martial arts, religion and quilombos among topics. … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Afro-entrepreneurship on display at Feira Black (Black Expo) which will address racial issues and bring together fashion, music, culinary arts and dance


Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so this event took place last Sunday, but I wanted to present the story as yet another example of the growing genre known as Afro-entrepreneurship … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mãe Beata de Iemanjá, religious leader known for her struggle against racial prejudice, dies at 86 


Note from BW of Brazil: Bahia, Rio and Brazil’s Afro-Brazilian religious community is in mourning over the passing of a great woman, leader, warrior, and inspiration, Mãe Beata. Here is how … Continue reading

June 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

“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 · 1 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