Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Black actresses tackle the issues of prejudice, natural black hair and self-affirmation in the play “Combs”


Note from BW of Brazil: Well once again we see an example of the old adage, “if you want something done, you have to do it yourself”. Over the past … Continue reading

November 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

For black women, just taking to streets is already a form of resistance: Black females talk about ‘cabelo crespo’, kinky/curly hair


Note from BW of Brazil: Walk around any number of Brazilian cities across the country and something is sure to strike you about the Afro-Brazilian population. Nowadays, black Brazilians can … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Specialists discuss the case of woman’s death after application of hair relaxer


Note from BW of Brazil: Many questions remain after a woman in the northeastern state of Bahia recently died about a week after applying a hair relaxing product to her … Continue reading

January 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

“The World in the Afro of Tayó”: Book addresses the self-esteem of black children and the acceptance of black hair as beautiful


Note from BW of Brazil: In Brazil today and for many years, women of African ancestry have long had to endure disparaging comments about having cabelo crespo (meaning kinky/curly hair). … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

The prison and its walls: When black people continuously reproduce the acceptance of internalized European aesthetics


Note from BW of Brazil: The BW of Brazil blog tackles a lot of issues that affect the Afro-Brazilian community on a regular basis and tries to do so in … Continue reading

August 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

A feminist’s personal account of “the privileges of being a white woman”


Note from BW of Brazil: As has been pointed out in various posts on this blog, the normative representation of whiteness as the standard in Brazilian society is simultaneously subtle … Continue reading

August 10, 2013 · 5 Comments