Black Women of Brazil

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“Only in a highly unequal society do people serve others 24 hours a day”: In the capital city region, study shows that 80% of maids are black


Note from BW of Brazil: With reports such as this is there any wonder so many Afro-Brazilian women are calling for a change in  the public image of black women? … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

X lives! City councilors in city hall of Porto Alegre argue because of councilwoman’s wearing of a Malcolm X T-shirt


Note from BW of Brazil: A full 52 years after his death, human rights icon Malcolm X is alive and well in the hearts thousands, if not millions of Afro-Brazilians. … Continue reading

April 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

Must black elites “sell out” to maintain status? Black women put Minister of Human Rights on blast after she denominates President “godfather of black women”


Note from BW of Brazil: Why does this seem to be such a common story? Black person struggles, achieves success and reaches the pinnacle of their career but as soon … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

Three steps to sincere diversity in advertising: Recent commercials featuring black models/actors show how diversity in advertising is possible


Note from BW of Brazil: The struggle for black representation in all areas of Brazilian society is an ongoing battle. And even with progress advancing at an ever so slow … Continue reading

April 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘Protagonism is not ceded, it is conquered’: In panel, various successful Afro-Brazilian women discuss challenges black women face in Brazilian society


Note from BW of Brazil: The word protagonism is defined as “the state, character, or activity of a protagonist” or “the leading character, hero, or heroine of a drama or other … Continue reading

April 11, 2017 · 1 Comment

When street harassment is combined with racism: Personal reflection and film deal with the effects of “catcalling” on Afro-Brazilian women


Note from BW of Brazil: What comes to mind when men think of black women? And what is it that comes to mind when men think of white women? And what comes … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · 3 Comments

Fashion and Racism: Bahian designer Carol Barreto on working in the fashion industry in the context of race relations in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: Carol Barreto has been building a name for herself for some time in the fashion industry. The native of Santo Amaro, Bahia, has been able … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · 1 Comment