Black Women of Brazil

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Category Archives: Carnaval dancer

There are white people in the samba: Carnival is also a time to discuss privileges; when people not connected to the culture get the exposure and the money

Note from BW of Brazil: “The Party’s Over, Time To Call It A Day…” Well, not quite. But as the champions of the big party are named, the country will … Continue reading

February 13, 2018 · Leave a comment

From southern Brazil, Michele Crispim wins the fourth season of Master Chef; in her free time she is also a Carnaval queen

Note from BW of Brazil: Well it seems there’s cause for another celebration this week. Earlier this week, we presented a story documenting the second straight victory of an Afro-Brazilian … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

The right to [not] samba: the representation of black women in Carnival

Note from BW of Brazil: Carnaval 2015 has come and gone but the voices of black women about the representation of black women in the yearly spectacular continue to rise. … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Carnaval may be coming, but for expert Eliane Oliveira, racism remains the order of the day at Brazil’s most powerful TV network

Note from BW of Brazil: Right around this, depending on where one lives in Brazil, the heavily percussive sounds of rehearsals peculating into the night signal one thing: Carnaval time is right … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

When the bright lights go dim: Two of Carnaval’s poster girls fall into depression after losing their status

Note from BW of Brazil: It’s something that millions dream of. Lights, camera, fame and fortune. Of course the feeling must be of utter joy and satisfaction when one manages … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · 9 Comments

TV network’s search for Carnaval’s top “mulata” highlights black invisibility in the rest of the year

Note from BW of Brazil: Wow! Is it that time again? Well, not quite. Brazilian Carnaval doesn’t start for more than four months but the nation’s top TV network is … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · 2 Comments


Núbia, a Carnaval dancer from one of Rio de Janeiro’s Samba schools

December 4, 2011 · Leave a comment