Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“Being preto (black) is no problem, but this hair?”: After giving interview about prejudice in universities, young black man receives racist attack in letter


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s funny to me that some people harbor this idea that they can have no problem with black people, even like black people but then … Continue reading

March 27, 2018 · 4 Comments

Is there a double standard on beauty and “big hair”? Recent reactions to a black woman not being able to secure employment due to her hair seem to suggest yes


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s quite obvious that Brazil doesn’t like natural, cabelo crespo (kinky/curly) hair. It should be quite obvious by now. Recently, a beautiful, dark-skinned woman appeared … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Natural black hair and the politics of resistance: In a Eurocentric Brazil that rejects African features, wearing natural hair is more than just an aesthetic statement


Note from BW of Brazil: Hearing the word Brazil outside the country conjures various images for foreigners. For people who have never been here, what often comes to mind is … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · 3 Comments

“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