Black Women of Brazil

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Category Archives: black history

It IS a black thing! Black November! Black Brazilians flip a racist comment by presenting 25 historical personalities in the Month of Black Consciousness


Note from BW of Brazil: A racist statement made by a well-known television journalist became the subject of two recent posts here at BW of Brazil. But as November is … Continue reading

November 17, 2017 · 1 Comment

The little black princess of Hip Hop: MC Soffia has sung about empowering black girls since the age of six


Note from BW of Brazil: Represent. Representation. This is what came to my mind when I first learned of the pint-sized rapper known as MC Soffia. Represent because she’s represents where … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Black She-roes: Author Jarid Arraes brings black female representation in her book about legendary black freedom fighter Dandara of Palmares


Note from BW of Brazil: As we all know, black representation in any genre is an ongoing struggle. Even more so if we consider only black women. As an example … Continue reading

October 3, 2015 · 5 Comments

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

Black Rio: The rise of black music and dances and the interpretation of black American Soul music in Brazil


This article incorporates an article entitled “Black Rio: Brazilian soul and DJ culture’s lost chapter” by Allen Thayer.  Note from BW of Brazil: A few weeks ago this blog ran an … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · 6 Comments

“Black Women Tell Your Story” Award selects the best essays on the trajectory of Afro-Brazilian women


Concurso/Prêmio Mulheres Negras contam sua História   The best five compositions will be awarded R$5,000 (US$2,500), and the five candidates selected in the Essay category will receive R$10,000 (US$5,000). Applications … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

In memoriam: Edialeda Salgado do Nascimento, speaker of five languages and first black woman to be named a Secretary of State in Brazil, on her amazing career, being a black woman and black history


In memory, these are the words of the late Edialeda Salgado do Nascimento (1941-2010), the first black woman to assume a position of Secretary of State of Brazil. “To be a black … Continue reading

December 22, 2012 · 1 Comment