Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“It was not the white who enslaved the black, it was the black who enslaved the black”: Funk singer Mr. Catra’s recent comments re-ignite debate on slavery


Note from BW of Brazil: Before I get into today’s story I must first reveal to readers that this story first made headlines about two weeks ago and has since … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · 3 Comments

Fans of popular Bahian singer Léo Santana criticize absence of black women in Carnaval promo video


Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so the Carnaval season in Brazil officially ended a little over a week ago, but there were enough stories and controversies that took place … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 9 Comments

“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