Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Race and revelry at the biggest party: Black “queens of the drumbeat” are the majority in Rio’s Carnival


Note from BW of Brazil: It would be pretty easy for one to believe that racial politics play no role in Brazil’s most joyful time of year, Carnaval. But that … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

After her being “too black” led to her dismissal as Carnaval’s poster girl, Nayara Justino will be the topic of British documentary and star in a soap opera


Note from BW of Brazil: The name Nayara Justino may ring a bell for some of you who consistently follow this blog. She was the young lady who won a … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · 3 Comments

Black women activists call for an end to ‘blackface’ Carnaval costumes!


Note from BW of Brazil: Just a few days ago, we posted another example of Brazil’s shameful practice of white actors painting their faces black and imitating and/or making fun … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · 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

Black man working in Rio’s cultural industry defines himself as a “mulatologist”. Are we dealing with an expert on ‘mulatas’, sexism or ‘pimpology’?


Note from BW of Brazil: There are several words that came to mind when I came across this self-aggrandizing, unabashed promotion of being an “expert” of selling black flesh…But I’ll stick with … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

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