Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“I was fired for being black and having an afro”: Rio man details his ordeal after being harassed and dismissed due to his look


Note from BW of Brazil: If you haven’t realized it by now, Brazil’s standards of attractiveness and beauty are undeniably anti-black. Is there really any way to continue denying this? … Continue reading

July 15, 2017 · 1 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

Professor, rapper and militant Vera Veronika: Down for the cause in Hip Hop as well as in academia


Note from BW of Brazil: Overcoming a number of obstacles, Vera Veronika is a woman of various accomplishments. Her achievements and outlook as a black Brazilian woman represent very well … Continue reading

July 4, 2013 · 3 Comments

Aparecida Petrowky: Compared to Rhianna, Halle, Beyonce and others, see her gallery of hairstyles from long and straight, to curly, short and afro – Who does she remind you of?


Actress Aparecida Petrowky became known to most Brazilians through her role on the Globo TV novela Viver a Vida in 2009. Although she made a name for herself playing the role of Sandrinha in … Continue reading

September 22, 2012 · 3 Comments

Actress Aparecida Petrowky been’s rockin’ her ‘fro since April! "Women have to appreciate the black race and stop straightening their hair". See the gallery here!


Petrowky: “Women have to appreciate the black race and stop straightening their hair”   We had a little fun on another post following actress Aparecida Petrowky through her various hair … Continue reading

September 21, 2012 · 1 Comment

When black children learn the idea of "bad hair" in the least expected place: home


By Fabiana Mascarenhas   As a child I was ashamed of my hair. I dreamed of having a hairstyle like my friends in class, always straight and shiny. Television, the media, … Continue reading

June 15, 2012 · 7 Comments

Black hair in Brazil: A revolution in the making


Gone are days when kinky/curly hair was synonymous with mistreated and laborious hair. Nowadays in Brazil, kinky/curly hair is increasingly associated with self-assertion, self-esteem, behavior and femininity. Mirella Santos   … Continue reading

May 18, 2012 · 1 Comment