Black Women of Brazil

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Category Archives: African immigrants

Angolan shot and killed in Brazil, in front of three-year-old daughter; some believe murder was due to his criticism of government


Note from BW of Brazil: A lot a questions surround this murder that took place in northern Brazil in the last week of 2016. We have facts and we have speculations … Continue reading

January 6, 2017 · 4 Comments

Although the African legacy is in the culture, music and color of the Brazilian population, prejudice of skin color continues: Experiences of recent African immigrants


Note from BW of Brazil: The original title of the piece featured today is “But is there racism in Brazil?” but as we’ve documented this so thoroughly over the past … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

“A black man? From Africa? A doctor??”: A hard-hitting testimony of an African medical student in Rio de Janeiro about racism in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: So, some Brazilians, black and white, may still being in denial of just how deep racism is ingrained in the fabric of the society, but … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · 7 Comments

“Preto” or “Negro”? In Portuguese both mean ‘black’, but which term should be used to define black people? Ghanaian-Brazilian man’s video on the topic goes viral


Note from BW of Brazil: In director Spike Lee’s 1992 epic film about the legendary human rights activist Malcolm X, there was an important scene in which the convict then … Continue reading

August 3, 2016 · 7 Comments

Victims of police harassment, fire bombings and murders, Haitian and African immigrants coming to Brazil are confronted with ‘Brazilian racism’.


Note from BW of Brazil: So Brazil is supposed to be the wonderful paradise where all the races mix, everybody gets along and everyone is equal, right? Well, it’s no longer … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

In southern Brazil, woman yells racial slur at Senegalese immigrants and throws bananas; other woman apologizes and says ‘Brazilian people are not like that’ – Really?


Note from BW of Brazil: This unfortunate is both sad but so typical and also so indicative of how Brazilians deal with the issue of racism. First of all, there’s … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

“I began to understand why white friends always offered me bananas”: Congolese immigrant details his experiences with racism in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: One of the best ways to gauge a country is how it is perceived by foreigners. Although it is true that natives of a particular … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · 3 Comments