Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: Afro Brazilian women

“In a class of 40 new flight attendants, all were white”: Kenia Aquino details how she became a stewardess in yet another area in which black Brazilians are rare


Note from BW of Brazil: So much controversy! The happenings in Brazil in terms of race keep this writer/translator steadily busy trying to keep up with the absurdities of a … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Black Brazilian Women: Presence and Power”: From poverty in a Rio suburb to a master’s degree in New York, Sandra Soares Coleman is putting on an exhibition on successful afro-brasileiras


Note from BW of Brazil: And here we have yet another inspiring story of an Afro-Brazilian woman overcoming the odds, racism and the place that Brazilian society reserves for black … Continue reading

November 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Double discrimination: A rapper, a teacher and a seamstress fight the statistics that make black women the most vulnerable group in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: If you think about it, there are literally hundreds of thousands f great personal history of black Brazilian women that could probably be made into documentaries … Continue reading

September 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

At Brazil’s top network, Globo TV, of every six opening sequences of soap operas with white women, only one has black women


Note from BW of Brazil: Over the course of the years of this blog’s existence, we’ve periodically discussed the influence of novelas (soap operas) in Brazilian culture and the place … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 · 5 Comments

“The revolution will be crespo (kinky/curly)”: With skillful lyrics packed with Rap, Jazz, and R & B rhythms, singer Tássia Reis uses music to fight against racism


    Note from BW of Brazil: The name Tássia Reis has already appeared in seven posts over the past few years on this blog, and for good reason. As we have … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

A woman, black and blind, Rio native Nathalia Santos has dreams of becoming a journalist and doesn’t feel entitled to deny characteristics that make her who she is


    Note from BW of Brazil: What a great example of self-determination, inspiration and a discipline that says “no excuses”. Many of the women featured on this blog already … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 3 Comments

Why are black executives still an exception? Rachel Maia, of Pandora Jewelry, is the only black woman CEO in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: The lack of black people in the position of CEOs in Brazil’s top companies is a topic this blog has addressed in past posts but … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 3 Comments