Black Women of Brazil

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Monica Costa: From the favelas of Rio de Janeiro to top entrepreneur in the Washington, D.C. area


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s always great when I discover international stories of the success that black Brazilian women are finding in other countries. In previous stories, I brought … Continue reading

March 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Negra sou” (a black woman I am)!: Thesis explores affirmative action policies and development of identity of black women in a federal university


Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so the topic is not new. As I’ve discussed in numerous previous posts, the exact figure of Brazil’s black population can be a tricky … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

The seedy world of Carnaval’s backstage: Former performers reveal power relations and sexual harassment in Rio’s biggest party in new book


Note from BW of Brazil: We’ve always heard that whatever happens in Rio, stays in Rio. The Carnaval season recently ended but the curiosity about Rio’s biggest party will never end. … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

March 8th – black women and pension reform: With drastic proposed changes to retirement, International Women’s Day takes on a new meaning


Note from BW of Brazil: Today, March 8th, we pause in recognition of International Women’s Day. The struggle of black women of Brazil against racism, sexism, violence and social inequality … Continue reading

March 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Debate “Black women in resistance and mobilization for human rights” packs Cine Odeon theater in Rio for discussion on violence and the black population


Note from BW  of Brazil: The disrespect and disregard for the lives of African descendants is an issue that affects us all, whether we are speaking on police violence that … Continue reading

March 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Young white woman stirs up debate on cultural appropriation; after being confronted by black woman, reveals being a cancer patient dealing with her hair loss


Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s story caused quite a debate when the incident took place a few weeks ago. At issue here is a topic that has been approached … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · 3 Comments

Rio councilwoman goes through embarrassing airport search in nation’s capital; had bra, body and hair checked as part of patdown procedure


Note from BW of Brazil: So should we consider this another episode of “traveling while black”? I’d say it qualifies! Suspicion of black people is a regular part of everyday … Continue reading

February 23, 2017 · Leave a comment