Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“I have the greatest pride in the color of my skin, my features and my history”: Where we come from: the history of Afro-descendants in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s an experience many of us have had. That moment when you start to think, where did I come from? Although growing up n Detroit and seeing … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

Afro Brazil Museum exhibit of Nigerian musician Fela Kuti album covers highlights artist’s growing appeal in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: This writer first became aware of the incredible Nigerian musician Fela Kuti back in 1997 after the publicity surrounding the death of the artist. Kuti’s … Continue reading

November 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Race, beauty, representation and black invisibility: how two recent beauty contests represent Brazil’s racial ideology


Note from BW of Brazil: Two beauty contests, two different states, and two different histories serve as good examples of Brazil’s historical racial ideology. In the southern state of Santa … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · 8 Comments

Meet the Rio dancers that will portray the black Adam and Eve in a Carnaval parade


 Willians José da Silva Marins and  Aime do Carmos Rodrigues Lopes will be Adam and Eve   So Willians and Aime were chosen to portray the Bibical characters of Adam … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

"Brazil is the older brother that serves as an inspiration to Africans", says Isabel Azevedo Heyvart, Brazil’s ambassador to Ethiopia


Brazilian Ambassador to Ethiopia,  Isabel Azevedo Heyvart by Renata Giraldi At the height of the crisis in the countries of North Africa, the representative of Brazil to the African Union … Continue reading

August 29, 2012 · 2 Comments

Jaciara Ribeiro dos Santos, Mãe Jaciara


Jaciara Ribeiro dos Santos, known as Mãe Jaciara (Mother Jaciara), is a Ialorixá or mãe de santo, a religious leader of the Afro-Brazilian religion known as Candomblé.  For Jaciara, the … Continue reading

December 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

Jaciara Ribeiro dos Santos, Mãe Jaciara


Jaciara Ribeiro dos Santos, known as Mãe Jaciara (Mother Jaciara), is a Ialorixá or mãe de santo, a religious leader of the Afro-Brazilian religion known as Candomblé. For Jaciara, the … Continue reading

December 3, 2011 · Leave a comment