Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Coming to terms with female palmitagem (preference for whiteness): “Deeply hurt and exploited, I no longer want to be used as a sex hole for white boys”

Note from BW of Brazil: I’ve been wanting to post this piece as soon as I read it. It is a very important piece in the ongoing debate over the … Continue reading

July 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

“Can I take out all my hair and put in blond hair?”, a 3-year old black girl asks her mother – The effects of whiteness on black children

Note from BW of Brazil: If you really want to know how perceptions of race affect people, all you really need to do is talk to the children. Or talk to … Continue reading

June 20, 2018 · 1 Comment

The whitening process and transfer of ‘black money’ continues – 76% of Brazil’s World Cup stars marry white women: Is love really color-blind?

Note from BW of Brazil: The origin of how today’s article came out is quite intriguing. In 2013, I was contacted by a London-based Nigerian writer who was doing research … Continue reading

June 11, 2018 · 2 Comments

“Who will defend our children against whiteness?”: How racist school experiences interfere with the positive self-images of black children

Note from BW of Brazil: Over the course of my experiences in Brazil, I have known quite a few people who would be classified as white anywhere in the world. … Continue reading

April 7, 2018 · 4 Comments

Whitening, the loneliness of black women, black stereotypes: In book ‘O Tapete Voador’, writer Cristiane Sobral covers many facets of the drama of black people

Note from BW of Brazil: We must celebrate black Brazilian literature. We must fight and continue to be vocal about why these writers matter and that every Brazilian story cannot … Continue reading

March 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

Reflections of a whitened blackness: The difficulties of defining oneself when seen as being ‘too white to be black’ but ‘too black to be white’

Note from BW of Brazil: The text presented below perfectly demonstrate the sometimes difficult task of racial classification in Brazil. It is a topic that I’ve dealt with since the … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

Two famous mothers, one black, the other white, denounce racism, but only one is taken seriously; the advantage of whiteness even in denouncing racism

Note from BW of Brazil: In today’s post, we revisit a pair of incidents that went down late last year that provides us with still more insight into how the … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · 1 Comment

Mestiçagem (racial mixture), harmony and whitening: who is afraid of the black man?

Note from BW of Brazil: It is a question that is becoming increasingly important as we analyze the situation of black people in Brazil. Countless black feminists have spoken on … Continue reading

January 3, 2018 · 1 Comment

Turning white: Why do they whiten blacks in movies, soap operas, advertisements and in history?

Note from BW of Brazil: You’ve seen it before…Think about it. When was the last time you saw a film, TV series or advertisement that featured a white actor/actress or … Continue reading

November 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Which one is considered “flesh colored”? How whiteness even defines what color is “natural” – Photographer collects testimonials on the subject

Note from BW of Brazil: I can actually remember very well when I heard someone say something like this for the first time. This idea of “flesh-colored”. It’s funny how … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

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

‘In Brazil, no one is white’, says Anitta: Long accused of whitening her look, singer’s new look provokes comments of black cultural appropriation

Note from BW of Brazil: When I read about this story I knew that it would be necessary to discuss it on the blog as it speaks to very popular … Continue reading

March 6, 2017 · 9 Comments

“The Festival of Whiteness”? Writers criticize lack of black writers invited to one of Brazil’s principle literary festivals

Note from BW of Brazil: The more things change the more thing stay the same. That about sums up what went down at the annual FLIP literary festival. Before getting … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

17-year old Rio student wins neuroscience competition; will represent Brazil in Denmark – Why did Ministry of Education whiten her image as an homage?

Note from BW of Brazil: A question that may come to mind if one read any number of articles on this blog might be, “why doesn’t Brazil like its black … Continue reading

June 2, 2016 · 4 Comments