Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: Abdias do Nascimento

Mercedes Batista: First black woman featured as dancer in Municipal Theater in Rio; introduced African elements into modern Brazilian dance


Mercedes Ignácia da Silva Krieger, Mercedes Batista, was born in 1921, in the city of Campos dos Goytacazes, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, into a humble family that … Continue reading

April 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

In memoriam: Thereza Santos (1930-2012) – The life of a warrior


Last week on December 19th, the struggle for black liberation lost a great warriors: Thereza Santos. Because she was Brazilian from a Portuguese-speaking country, the vast majority of people who … Continue reading

December 28, 2012 · 2 Comments

In memoriam: Edialeda Salgado do Nascimento, speaker of five languages and first black woman to be named a Secretary of State in Brazil, on her amazing career, being a black woman and black history


In memory, these are the words of the late Edialeda Salgado do Nascimento (1941-2010), the first black woman to assume a position of Secretary of State of Brazil. “To be a black … Continue reading

December 22, 2012 · 1 Comment

Black (negro) or African descendant (afrodescendente)? What’s in a term? Three well-known Brazilians weigh in on which term they prefer to define themselves


When speaking of racial classification or identity in Brazil, things can get quite complex. On the one hand, various reports have proclaimed Brazil to have the largest black or African descendant largest population … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · 7 Comments

Why do black Brazilian men prefer blondes? Part 1


Image taken from Raça Brasil magazine I still remember the conversation. It was September of the year 2000 and I was kicking it with my new friend, Marcus, a short, light-skinned … Continue reading

September 29, 2012 · 12 Comments

Brazilian TV network’s usage of blackface and stereotypes causes outrage in online community


Once again, the Brazilian media has been accused of promoting demeaning images of its black population. The online social network, Correio Nagô, that presents itself as the online voice of Brazil’s … Continue reading

June 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

Brazilian TV network’s usage of blackface and stereotypes causes outrage in online community


Once again, the Brazilian media has been accused of promoting demeaning images of its black population. The online social network, Correio Nagô, that presents itself as the online voice of Brazil’s … Continue reading

June 23, 2012 · 1 Comment