Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Bamidelê: Black feminist organization in the battle against racism and sexism and development of black identity


Note from BW of Brazil: Today the blog brings you yet another organization involved in the struggle racial equality, the development of black identity and visibility of the black population … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Race relations in Brazil: a mixture of openness and acceptance, discrimination and exclusion


Associated Press/Felipe Dana – This photo taken Feb. 25, 2013, shows Nubia de Lima, 29, posing for a photo in her Rio de Janeiro apartment in Brazil. De Lima, a … Continue reading

March 17, 2013 · 2 Comments

Black (negro) or African descendant (afrodescendente)? What’s in a term? Three well-known Brazilians weigh in on which term they prefer to define themselves


When speaking of racial classification or identity in Brazil, things can get quite complex. On the one hand, various reports have proclaimed Brazil to have the largest black or African descendant largest population … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · 7 Comments

Number of young blacks in college quadruples, but 91% still don’t have access


Censo da Educação Superior (Higher Education Census) 2011 shows great progress in enrollment of young blacks and browns between 1997 and 2011 BRASILIA – On the eve of the implementation … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

Number of Brazilians declaring themselves preta (black) increases to 16 million


“To be a black women is to be a warrior. It is to accept your blackness, appreciating your history and your roots. It is finding oneself pretty, even though they … Continue reading

October 17, 2012 · 6 Comments

Racial classification and terminology in Brazil


In Brazil, there five racial classifications on the official census: pardo, loosely meaning brown or mixed race, preto (black), branco (white), amarelo (Asian) and indio (Indian/Native). The term pardo can … Continue reading

November 20, 2011 · 6 Comments