Black Women of Brazil

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Category Archives: Afro Brazilians

Identities of Brazil: Real stories and experiences in the lives of people struggling for racial equality


Note from BW of Brazil: The personal stories presented in today’s post are simply more common experiences of those that this blog has brought you for the past years. Brazilians … Continue reading

February 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Let’s talk about Afro-Brazilian authors: Journalist Etiene Martins creates channel to discuss Black Literature


Note from BW of Brazil: Yes, black Brazilian authors and black Brazilian literature exists! They may be extremely difficult to find in popular bookstores, but if you really have an … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

The first in her family to earn a postgraduate degree, Mariana Fernandes discusses how affirmative action policies transformed her life


Note from BW of Brazil: Stories such as this one featured here today are perfect examples of why this blog exists in the first place. This short article touches on a … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Whites still make up 90% of Brazilian advertising, but three recent commercials featuring Afro-Brazilians provide a glimmer of hope for racial diversity


Note from BW of Brazil: One post (among many) revealed a fact that is quite shocking: “In Brazilian advertising, more than 90% of the protagonists continue to be white.” Anyone … Continue reading

February 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

In Brazil, we speak “Pretoguês” (black Portuguese): Lélia Gonzalez and Afro-Brazilian Portuguese as a political act of resistance


Note from BW of Brazil: As many of us have come to learn, language is yet another weapon that European colonizers have used over the centuries as a means to … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 4 Comments

In 124 years, Larissa Rodrigues Mendes Silva will be one of the 10 black students to graduate with a degree in Engineering at Brazil’s top university


Note from BW of Brazil: Yet another area that we can study when considering the racial issue in Brazil are the experiences of Afro-Brazilians in occupations, positions and areas of … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

Told that the black and poor didn’t study law, woman who lived in a garbage dump and sold snacks on beach to survive becomes a lawyer


Note from BW of Brazil: So many things to celebrate in a story like this one. Of course, congratulations are in order for Ana Karla Nascimento Santa Ana for not … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · Leave a comment