Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: Afro-Brazilians

Actor will start a campaign on social networks with his daughter against prejudice after she received pejorative comment in reference to her hair


Note from BW of Brazil: So what else is new? The funny thing here is that some people are still surprised when these types of things happen. As numerous posts … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why verbal offenses against Brazilian music legend Jorge Ben may rip the mask off of racism in the society


Note from BW of Brazil: Today I must share an emotional, inspiring conversation I had with an Afro-Brazilian man. The guy (who I will just call “Santos”) is in his … Continue reading

February 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

For Carnaval, please don’t dress up as ‘Nega Maluca’ (crazy black woman), it’s not funny!


Note from BW of Brazil: From the time we first featured a report about the infamous “Nega Maluca” character and costume several years ago, we’ve watched how the topic has … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

The color of the elite: While Afro-Brazilians make up more than half of the population, whites make up 82% of professional elites


Note from BW of Brazil: Many who have ever been confronted with the racial question in Brazil will simply belittle the idea that the country has any sort of inequalities … Continue reading

January 28, 2016 · 3 Comments

Larissa Oliveira is chosen as Ebony Goddess in 37th annual competition exalting the beauty of black women in Salvador, Bahia


Note from BW of Brazil: Continuing a traditional that we have covered here since 2012, a 22-year old was named the newest ‘Goddess’ of black beauty in a contest one … Continue reading

January 21, 2016 · 3 Comments

With countdown to Rio’s Olympics, Brazil’s top TV network continues fear mongering of black population; is there a new policy of ‘disappearing’ “undesirables”?


Note from BW of Brazil: Several years ago, Brazilians celebrated after the country’s rise onto the world stage was rewarded with the hosting of the 2014 World Cup and the … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · 3 Comments

Musical spectacular “Aini-Ará” puts in focus black space and Afro-Brazilian culture in society. Piece also touches on racism, genocide and the role of black women in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: Well needless to say, this “Black November”, better known as the Month of Black Consciousness, has been a memorable one here on the blog! Simply … Continue reading

November 28, 2015 · Leave a comment