Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: black pride

Black Rio: Exposition, documentary and book recover the history of the ‘bailes black’ (black soul dances) of 1970s Rio de Janeiro


Note from BW of Brazil: It was a fascinating era in Brazilian history. . Thousands of black teens and young adults donning the best 1970s fashion and spending their night … Continue reading

September 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Black consciousness is more than just wearing an afro: in terms of race, Brazil still has a ways to go


True “Black Power” by Nátally Nayutta Martins de Souza Many people get confused with regards to the Black Power (1) lifestyle. It’s not enough to just pick your hair out go … Continue reading

June 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mundinha Araújo: Founder of the Center of Black Culture in northeastern Brazil explains how Angela Davis and the Jackson 5 influenced her to wear her natural hair in the 1970s


Note from BW of Brazil: The question of hair is a topic that is often discussed here on the blog. As Brazil has always been and continues to be dominated … Continue reading

April 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

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

Inspired by Beyoncé, actress Roberta Rodrigues straightens her hair and goes blonde; says guys are crazy about her new look


Actress Roberta Rodrigues who first became famous in her role as Berenice in the 2002 hit film Cidade de Deus (City of God) has decided to go against the grain in the … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · 4 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

How I learned to accept my hair, Fernanda Alves*


Fernanda accepted her curls and started showing her looks on her blog The topic of hair has long been as issue and a hot topic of discussion in the African-American community. … Continue reading

January 9, 2012 · 2 Comments