Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

After video receives one million views, model who suffered racism on a bus in the Federal District listens to stories of other victims


Note from BW of Brazil: Another day, another example of the ‘racial democracy’….Not! In the story below we learn about the experience of a model whose released a video about … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Rapper Karol Conka sounds off on boy band’s controversial statement about black hair: “I spent my whole life being called names”


Note from BW of Brazil: Strong reactions came from every direction after the member of a boy band made a statement about what many interpreted as an insult to black … Continue reading

October 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

For black women, just taking to streets is already a form of resistance: Black females talk about ‘cabelo crespo’, kinky/curly hair


Note from BW of Brazil: Walk around any number of Brazilian cities across the country and something is sure to strike you about the Afro-Brazilian population. Nowadays, black Brazilians can … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Black Women in the First Person: Dandara Correia discusses the construction of her identity as a black woman and the struggle for racial equality


Note from BW of Brazil: In this essay, included in the collection Mulheres Negras na Primeira Pessoa (Black Women in the First Person), activist Dandara Batista Correia explores many of the … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

Brazilian society continues to ostracize natural black hair: woman followed by store security simply because of her hair.


Note from BW of Brazil: Here we go again! If you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time, you know that the issue of hair texture and standards of … Continue reading

June 6, 2013 · 3 Comments

The racist face of Brazil’s miscegenation


Note from BW of Brazil: The question of racial identity and classification are topics dealt with frequently on this blog. Brazil’s history and reputation has long been constructed upon the … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · 10 Comments

Commenter blames outrage against steel wool/scouring pad hair incident on "hysterical atittudes of americans" while completely ignoring Brazilian militancy: Black Women of Brazil responds


UNEafro rally (left), Black is Back rally (right): taking militancy to the streets   It comes as no surprise that people were outraged by what they saw as a blatant … Continue reading

March 22, 2013 · 2 Comments