Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

The first “Black Women Tell Your Story Awards” honors writers bringing visibility to the experience and struggle of black Brazilian women


Note from BW of Brazil: Following up on a story presented here back in January, on April 23, the first “Black Women Tell Your Story Awards” took place in the … Continue reading

April 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Outside of history: study show that black women have no place in contemporary Brazilian literature


Of 1,245 characters cataloged, only 34 are black women. 70% of the time they are portrayed as maids and prostitutes Research conducted by the Grupo de Estudos em Literatura Brasileira … Continue reading

April 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Sisters create a new business model offering domestic services


Note from BW of Brazil: Brazil simultaneously has the most maids in the world while see sharp declines in the numbers of people working in this profession. According to research by the … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

In Brazil’s capital city region, a 12 year-old girl is beaten up by four assailants simply for being black


Márcia Pereira do Nascimento consoles her daugther after she was viciously assaulted   Well, it’s been a banner week in Brazil! On the 17th there was a report about the … Continue reading

March 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Devassa beer and the objectification of the black body


  Rewinding the clock almost exactly one year, it was on December 15th, 2010, that I learned of the outrage caused by an advertisement of placed in the December issue … Continue reading

December 5, 2011 · Leave a comment

Laudelina Campos Mello: Union leader and militant against racial discrimination


Born in the city of Poços de Caldas, in the state of Minas Gerais, in 1904, Mello worked as a domestic and became the first union leader of this occupation … Continue reading

November 24, 2011 · Leave a comment

Laudelina Campos Mello


Born in the city of Poços de Caldas, in the state of Minas Gerais, in 1904, Mello worked as a domestic and became the first union leader of this occupation … Continue reading

November 24, 2011 · Leave a comment