Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

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

“I love being black!” – Popular white singer Daniela Mercury heavily criticized for honoring legendary Afro-Brazilian singer in blackface and afro wig

Note from BW of Brazil: Does anyone dare call it a conspiracy? In the past three years or so there has been an enormous increase in Brazilians who see fit … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

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