Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Group uses mythology of the orixás to create choreographies and dance workshops


Note from BW of Brazil:The history and importance of the Afro-Brazilian religion known as the Candomblé is an important piece to understanding the cultural heritage of many descendants of the millions … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

For those looking for something ‘cool’ to get into: Respect our history! Candomblé is not hip – it is our tradition, ancestry and resistance


Note from BW of Brazil: The Candomblé (1) is an Afro-Brazilian religion that has a history that is thoroughly connected to the history, culture and treatment of the black population. Like black … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Religious intolerance leads to death of 90-year old priestess and stoning in head of 11-year old girl; both initiates of Candomblé – Fanatic Evangelicals accused in both incidents


Note from BW of Brazil: When will it end? The past few weeks have been very difficult for followers of the Afro-Brazilian religion Candomblé. It seems that the brutal attacks on … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

January 21: Afro-Brazilian religious leaders speak in favor of the National Day against Religious Intolerance


Note from BW of Brazil: Today is January 21st which is celebrated at the National Day against Religious Intolerance. Afro-Brazilian religions have a long and important history in Brazil but still … Continue reading

January 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Brutal murder of long-time black activist and religious leader and two other people shocks the community


Note from BW of Brazil: Over the weekend the Afro-Brazilian community was shocked by the tragic news that a long-time leader of Movimento Negro (black rights organizations) and Afro-Brazilian religion … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

Creator of project that houses pregnant, at-risk teens honored with award in capital city


Mãe Neide is the Creator of the project Casa das Janaínas, which houses pregnant teens in vulnerable social situations and family conflict On May 17th in the capital city of Brasília, Mãe Neide … Continue reading

May 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Documentary "City of Women" explores the African-derived religion of Candomblé in Brazil’s northeast


A Cidade das Mulheres is a 72-minute documentary directed by Lázaro Faria that explores the Candomblé, an African derived religion that gave black Brazilian women power and a voice in a society … Continue reading

December 14, 2012 · Leave a comment