Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“Be on the lookout! Two negroes spotted walking on the beach!” – Facebook post by residents of Rio’s richest neighborhood again displays racist sentiments


Note from BW of Brazil: So here we go again! For readers who aren’t familiar with it, Rio de Janeiro has a lloonngg history of discriminating against the city’s poorer, … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Purchased by a slave master in São Carlos, ‘slave breeder’ had more than 200 children and lived for 130 years, says family; search for descendants continues


Note from BW of Brazil: The slavery era in the Americas has had and continues to have an incalculable influence on the descendants of enslaved Africans living in this region … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Black Consciousness presupposes self-love; self-love presupposes reflecting on being passed over in relationships


Note from BW of Brazil: Well I must say that it is now getting interesting! What I’m speaking on is an increasing number of Afro-Brazilians, normally women, but increasingly men, … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

“You look like someone who has good sex”: Can the black man be allowed to enjoy full humanity without extinguishing certain stereotypes?


Note from BW of Brazil: Reading today’s post brought to mind a conversation I had with a friend, also a black man, several years ago. In that conversation, I mentioned … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

“The best student in the classroom can kill”?: Ministry of Transportion removes racist campaign ad featuring a black male; organization takes legal action


Note from BW of Brazil: The issue of race, Brazil and yet another controversy. Why would I be surprised? I’ve been covering just on this blog for more than five … Continue reading

January 13, 2017 · Leave a comment

Classic book ‘The genocide of the black Brazilian’ by Abdias do Nascimento re-released: originally released in 1978, title was activist’s attempt to expose the myth of ‘racial democracy’ outside of Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: In a brief bio I published several weeks ago, I described how I happened to get into studies of the situation of Afro-Brazilians. It is … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

“Palmitagem exists, I am an example”: Black man reflects on growing up in Rio & how the culture and racial hierarchy influences the adoration of white girls


Note from BW of Brazil: Before I present today’s text I would like to provide a little background of how it came to be. It all started back in April … Continue reading

December 30, 2016 · 14 Comments