Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

The Movimento das Mulheres Negras Capixabas: The Black Woman’s Movement of Espírito Santo


Note from BW of Brazil: The struggle of black Brazilian women to be simply recognized as black women, change the public perception as well as the social position of black … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Group uses mythology of the orixás to create choreographies and dance workshops


Note from BW of Brazil:The history and importance of the Afro-Brazilian religion known as the Candomblé is an important piece to understanding the cultural heritage of many descendants of the millions … Continue reading

September 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Brazil doesn’t think ballet is the ‘place’ for black women; black Brazilian ballerinas find more opportunities outside of the country


Note from BW of Brazil: We last featured ballerina Ingrid Silva back in May. Chasing her dreams led her to New York and dancing for one of the most renown … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dance spectacular centered around Xica da Silva, an 18th century slave who became a rich woman, brings imaginary about the black female body to the stage


Note from BW of Brazil: The personality, myth and life of the 18th century former slave known as Chica (or Xica) da Silva continues to inspire fresh interpretations even today. … Continue reading

May 31, 2015 · Leave a comment

“In Brazil, I don’t know any black dancer in classical ballet”: A native of Rio, ballerina Ingrid Silva finds success in New York


Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s story is great for a number of reasons. 1) As in stories of Afro-Brazilians excelling in areas such gymnastics and classical music, it represents … Continue reading

May 10, 2015 · 9 Comments

A true success story: After 20 years in Italy, 90s Dance music star Corona returns to Brazil.


Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s feature is a blast from the past. If any of you are fans of ’90s-era dance music, you may remember this singer, or at … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · 4 Comments

Popular novela contributes to Brazil’s invisibility and stereotyping of blacks: Yet another example of “bamboozling”?


So yet another popular Brazilian novela (soap opera) has come to a close as the final chapter of the Record TV (Rede Record) network’s Dona Xepa broadcast its final episode … Continue reading

September 28, 2013 · 2 Comments