Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

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 · 4 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

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