Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“My God, Is Slavery Extinct?”: With stinging criticism of political elites, samba school invokes Brazil’s slave past as commentary on modern condition of the people


Note from BW of Brazil: As I took a pause in the action for some days of much needed relaxation, I mostly tuned out of this year’s Carnaval festivities. But thanks … Continue reading

February 26, 2018 · 1 Comment

What kind of tribute is this?!? Rio’s Salgueiro samba school generates controversy paying “homage” to black women with its members wearing blackface


Note from BW of Brazil: Ya know, this is actually beginning to be a worn out topic. Many people, including myself, have weighed in numerous times on why displays of … Continue reading

February 14, 2018 · 6 Comments

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

Bloco Ilê Aiyê: 44 years of the “Re-Africanization” of Brazilian carnival and combating structural racism through art, culture and education


Note from BW of Brazil: “Another great moment of identification happened in a Carnival in the company of his father. Even shy, he had tears in his eyes as the … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

“Our bodies are not available” – Carnaval dancers create the Samba Black Woman project; lectures address racism, sexism and women in the world of samba


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s a very timely discussion. In both Brazil and the United States these days, the question of sexual harassment and assault is front page news. … Continue reading

January 17, 2018 · 1 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

“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