Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Fashion student develops photographic project Noivas Negras (Black Brides) to provide references for black women on their special day


Note from BW of Brazil: Yes, black brides DO exist! Although one would never know it judging from the media and indeed the difficulty that black women often experience in … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 3 Comments

“Being mixed doesn’t make me less black” and compliments that devalue blackness by exalting European attributes


  Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s piece, like so many others, is exactly what this blog is about. Stephanie Paes covers so many issues that are pertinent to the … Continue reading

May 8, 2014 · 14 Comments

The homeless: How does race determine the treatment of society’s rejects?


Note from BW of Brazil: This is actually a follow-up story to a piece from several months ago. It exemplifies how the privilege of whiteness can give someone an advantage … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 5 Comments

TV network’s search for Carnaval’s top “mulata” highlights black invisibility in the rest of the year


Note from BW of Brazil: Wow! Is it that time again? Well, not quite. Brazilian Carnaval doesn’t start for more than four months but the nation’s top TV network is … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · 2 Comments

Black woman, religious leader and Movimento Negro activist defends her master’s dissertation at 72 years of age


by Marcilene Garcia de Souza The Iyalorisá (1) Iyagunã Dalzira Maria Aparecida became literate at 13. Due to the lack of educational opportunities and job issues she only managed to … Continue reading

September 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Drawing comparisons to Nicki Minaj and M.I.A, the eclectic style of rapper Karol Conká wins her Best New Artist at Multishow Awards


Note from BW of Brazil: BW of Brazil has been wanting to do a piece on rapper Karol Conká since discovering her song and video for the song “Gandaia”. Today’s … Continue reading

September 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Singer who gained fame for her version of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect” is disrespected after comment about her hair; files suit against supermarket


Note from BW of Brazil: The issue of hair, hairstyles and hair textures has been one of Brazil’s longest-enduring signs of its slave past and social/racial inequality in which each … Continue reading

May 1, 2013 · 1 Comment