Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: black representation

Lack of social references harms black children: under-representation of ethnic diversity in childhood influences the construction of adult identity


Note from BW of Brazil: Articles such as the one below supports what has been my view for several years now when the inevitable question comes up: Between the US and … Continue reading

June 30, 2018 · 2 Comments

Actors have emergency meeting with top TV network over lack of blacks in soap opera; network changes its tune but only after pressure from white actors


Note from BW of Brazil: The scenario behind an upcoming novela (soap opera) on Brazil’s top TV network is becoming a soap opera in itself. In a follow up report … Continue reading

May 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

This doesn’t look like ‘Black Bahia’!: Soap opera set in 76% black state presents 87% white cast; campaign presents 53 black actors that could have been cast


Note from BW of Brazil: Let’s get real about this. Brazil is not about change but rather status quo. If it were any other way it wouldn’t be Brazil. Which … Continue reading

May 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

Actors speak out – “Brazilian cinema is the most racist in the world”: Made with public money, blacks sponsor films of whites in which they are not included


Note from BW of Brazil: The secret is out, if it was ever, in fact, a secret. Black Brazilian artists, actors, directors, producers, etc. are basically frozen out of the … Continue reading

April 15, 2018 · 2 Comments

Series ‘Afronta’ features interviews with prominent names on contemporary Afro-Brazilian scene, shows blacks creating networks, generating autonomy


Note from BW of Brazil: These are very exciting times for Afro-Brazilians involved in the arts and entertainment. Although it is true that Brazil’s mainstream media continues to offer limited … Continue reading

April 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

“She doesn’t represent the gaúcha woman (who) is white and beautiful, not black”: Contestant in beauty contest target of comments questioning her participation


Note from BW of Brazil: Oh well, here we go again. Over the years I’ve covered quite a few of these beauty contests that take place in Brazil. I’ve seen … Continue reading

April 1, 2018 · 4 Comments

15-year old black teen goes back to school after watching ‘Black Panther’; after dropping out, young man had been surviving shining shoes in a Rio train station


Note from BW of Brazil: The Marvel film Black Panther has become a worldwide phenomenon, grossing over a US$1 billion just weeks after its release. And Brazil has surely been one … Continue reading

March 29, 2018 · 3 Comments