Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

For the love of natural black hair: Bahian woman wins the first ever Miss Black Power Brasil contest!


Note from BW of Brazil: All I can say is “rock, rock on sistas!” Mad love to the efforts of so many black women throughout Brazil who have fought anti-African, … Continue reading

November 27, 2014 · 8 Comments

Designer Goya Lopes brings an Afro-Brazilian flair to the world of fashion


  Note from BW of Brazil: Although one doesn’t necessarily think of black women when the topic is fashion design, it is precisely in this area that a number of … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Apartheid continues in Bahia: In a 76% black state, 75% of beauty contestants are white; meanwhile agency requests only “white skinned” candidates for job vacancy


Note from BW of Brazil: Why does this story seem so familiar? Hmmm, let’s see…Now I remember! This exact same contest was the subject of controversy this time last year. … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · 9 Comments

Journalist’s passport photo rejected because of her afro: technical error or prejudicial standard?


Note from BW of Brazil: Well this is kinda weird. The issue of hair textures which in turn often become discussions of “good hair” and “bad hair” in Brazil is … Continue reading

July 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Brazilian exchange student suffers racial abuse; Italian woman compares her to a monkey and cockroach


Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so here we have another incident of a racial insult of a Brazilian woman. As reports of racism are a regular feature on this … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · 7 Comments

Photos from Ilê Aiyê’s 2014 Ebony Goddess celebration


These are a few more photos from bloco afro Ilê Aiyê’s annual Ebony Goddess celebration, 2014 edition. For background on this important event please see the previous article here. Photos courtesy … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

In its yearly homage to the black woman, Ilê Aiyê crowns its 2014 Ebony Goddess


Note from BW of Brazil: For this blog, Ilê Aiyê’s yearly homage to the black woman, the Deusa do Ébano (Goddess of Ebony) contest is something that is always highly anticipated! … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · 1 Comment