Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“Today I woke up with the will to scream: I AM BLACK!! I AM THE PROOF!!” – After imprisonment for a murder with no evidence of her guilt, Rio native has a new understanding of what it means to be black


Note from BW of Brazil: So what exactly is the experience of being black in Brazil, in the West and in the world? Is it just phenotype based upon physical … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · 4 Comments

Four months later: Who killed Gaia Molinari? Interview with Mirian França, the black woman accused of killing the Italian tourist


Note from BW of Brazil: First of all, apologies for presenting this report so late. The origins of today’s interview date back to Christmas of last year when an Italian tourist … Continue reading

April 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

After two weeks, black women remains imprisoned after Italian tourist murdered; with no clear evidence of her involvement, activists call for her freedom!


Note from BW of Brazil: We first reported this story about a week and a half ago and, unfortunately, there is still no good news to report. An Italian tourist … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

“It’s easy to put the blame on a ‘neguinha’; they arrested her because she’s black” says mother of Ph.D candidate being held as a suspect in murder of Italian woman


Note from BW of Brazil: This is a follow-up to a story we presented yesterday. In yesterday’s post we pointed out the race factor and how Afro-Brazilians, regardless of their … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · 4 Comments

Italian tourist killed in Ceará; victim’s friend from Rio apprehended. But is this Ph.D student really a suspect, or is she being held because she’s….black?


Note from BW of Brazil: Sad but bizarre story here. Short story. An Italian woman vacationing in northeastern Brazil was found bloodied and dead on Christmas Eve. A friend of … Continue reading

January 2, 2015 · 6 Comments

“I began to understand why white friends always offered me bananas”: Congolese immigrant details his experiences with racism in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: One of the best ways to gauge a country is how it is perceived by foreigners. Although it is true that natives of a particular … Continue reading

August 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

Faces of Afro Brazil 26


The latest in the series Faces of Afro Brazil, Maíra Ortins is a 33 year old visual artist from Fortaleza, the capital and most populous city of northeastern state Ceará. Ceará … Continue reading

June 5, 2014 · Leave a comment