Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

The first in her family to earn a postgraduate degree, Mariana Fernandes discusses how affirmative action policies transformed her life


Note from BW of Brazil: Stories such as this one featured here today are perfect examples of why this blog exists in the first place. This short article touches on a … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

In Brazil, we speak “Pretoguês” (black Portuguese): Lélia Gonzalez and Afro-Brazilian Portuguese as a political act of resistance


Note from BW of Brazil: As many of us have come to learn, language is yet another weapon that European colonizers have used over the centuries as a means to … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 4 Comments

In 124 years, Larissa Rodrigues Mendes Silva will be one of the 10 black students to graduate with a degree in Engineering at Brazil’s top university


Note from BW of Brazil: Yet another area that we can study when considering the racial issue in Brazil are the experiences of Afro-Brazilians in occupations, positions and areas of … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

On the “Night of the Black Beauty”, Bahia’s historic black consciousness group selects “Ebony Goddess”: Check out the candidates and winner


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s about that time again! Every year, we can always tell when Carnaval season is right around the corner. One sign and when he hear … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Told that the black and poor didn’t study law, woman who lived in a garbage dump and sold snacks on beach to survive becomes a lawyer


Note from BW of Brazil: So many things to celebrate in a story like this one. Of course, congratulations are in order for Ana Karla Nascimento Santa Ana for not … Continue reading

January 31, 2017 · Leave a 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

“Doctor, are you Cuban?”: Woman is first black doctor in a town in Bahia and people assume that she must not be Brazilian


Note from BW of Brazil: In a society like that of Brazil that has purposely created barriers to leave its black population behind those who are white (or something close … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · 1 Comment