Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

White Brazilians want to know: ‘If blacks can wear “100% negro” t-shirts, why can’t we wear a “100% branco” (white) t-shirt?’; black Brazilian woman responds


Note from BW of Brazil: The topic of this post is a subject that has been debated in Brazil nearly as passionately as the question of quotas and affirmative action … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 3 Comments

Baiana singer Larissa Luz branches off into a solo career mixing elements of Jamaican music, Candomblé and Rock


Note from BW of Brazil: Talented singer/songwriter Larissa Luz paid her dues as the lead singer of the popular bloco afro Ara Ketu and is now carving out a name … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Nádia Maria Rodrigues: “Everything changed in my life after I became black”. Teacher reveals how consciousness and bell hooks influenced her identity


Note from BW of Brazil: Featured today on the blog is yet another deep, revealing piece by a black Brazilian woman who reveals her journey from the humiliation of not … Continue reading

June 2, 2013 · 2 Comments

Women’s magazine and stylist speak out against accusations of racism in the use of scouring pad hair as an homage to blacks; protesters denounce the defense


Ronaldo Fraga at the end of his runway parade on Tuesday, March 19th (Photo: Getty Images)   Note from BW of Brazil: Yesterday, the the blogosphere and social media were fire … Continue reading

March 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Stylist pays homage to black people using models who wear scouring pad material as hair


Who comes up with this stuff? I have to admit that I’m beyond being upset with some of things ridiculous displays of racism that come out of Brazil nowadays. I … Continue reading

March 20, 2013 · 22 Comments

"Bombril is a scouring pad; kinky/curly hair is something else"


by Lívia Deodato My hair is, curly, kinky or wavy, depending on the day and who’s looking at me. I was born with this gene. From childhood, I learned that it’s … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bombril campaign is suspended for racist content; ad caused outrage amongst black Brazilian women who repudiated the association of the scouring pad with black women’s hair


  Previously, the charges were denied but the company has changed the campaign to avoid further controversy.   The campaign ad for “Mulheres que Brilham (Women that Shine)” was considered … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · 1 Comment