Black Women of Brazil

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Category Archives: Brazilian universities

“To be black inside the university is to do double to be recognized”: From professors doubting your ability, to needing to work, to a feeling of not belonging, the college realm often eliminates the black student


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s not hard to tell. We’ve covered how the education system in Brazil can be particularly cruel, exclusionary and difficult for the black student. Of … Continue reading

January 26, 2018 · 2 Comments

From poverty and going through stints of hunger, chemist Joana D’Arc de Souza did post-doctorate studies at Harvard and has 15 patents registered


Note from BW of Brazil: And one more “hidden figure”! Back in March, I posted a story influenced by the popular American film that asked, “Where are Brazil’s ‘Hidden Figures’?” … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

“This is not a slave house! Get blacks out of University of Campinas!”: More racist graffiti demonstrates discomfort with blacks being “out of their place”


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, here we go again! It should actually come as no surprise that university campuses have become the new symbol of the discomfort of many … Continue reading

April 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

“I know I look white, but I’m actually black”: Coletivo Negrada denounces 40 cases of fraud in racial quotas at Federal University of Espírito Santo


Note from BW of Brazil: Yet another controversy has arisen in the drama that is race relations in Brazil. It involves a topic that has been a regularly covered subject … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · 18 Comments

Federal University of Maranhão becomes first in Brazil to offer undergraduate degree in African and Afro-Brazilian Studies


Note from BW of Brazil: One of the principle reasons that Africans and black people throughout the world are so terribly stereotyped as inferior, less intelligent and culturally backward is … Continue reading

June 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Racism impairs scientific production of black researchers – How Brazil’s universities place obstacles in the path of Afro-Brazilian university students


Note from BW of Brazil: Coming across the material we present today brought to mind a piece written back in 2006 by José Jorge de Carvalho, an anthropology professor at … Continue reading

May 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why is the work of black intellectuals ignored in Brazilian universities? Halls of higher learning are yet another example of whitewashing


Note from BW of Brazil: This should actually come as no surprise. As we have consistently documented here on this blog, Afro-Brazilians have been made almost completely invisible in numerous … Continue reading

May 16, 2015 · 6 Comments