Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“Who’s afraid of black teachers?” Starting in the 1930s, Brazil began replacing black teachers until the profession was overwhelmingly white, middle class and female. Teachers remain mostly white still today


Note from BW of Brazil: Throughout this blog’s existence, we have sought to consistently demonstrate how Brazil has for decades attempted to maintain an standard image of whiteness as representative … Continue reading

November 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

“I feel like a queen,” says Brazilian woman teaching in Finland, the No.1 country in the world in education


Note from BW of Brazil: Another interesting category that we like to feature here from time to time is the success and experiences of black Brazilian women in other countries. We’ve … Continue reading

June 27, 2015 · 6 Comments

Federal University of Maranhão becomes first in Brazil to offer undergraduate degree in African and Afro-Brazilian Studies


Note from BW of Brazil: One of the principle reasons that Africans and black people throughout the world are so terribly stereotyped as inferior, less intelligent and culturally backward is … Continue reading

June 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Health, education, employment and self-esteem: On the situation of black women in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: Many of the issues featured in today’s post have been topics discussed on this blog for nearly three years now, including the very question, “what … Continue reading

November 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Adriana Couto: the beautiful face and alluring presence on late night TV


Note from BW of Brazil: If you’ve ever been up at about 10:30 flipping through channels of Brazilian television, you would have come across the TV Cultura network and caught … Continue reading

January 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

While still a miniscule figure, black executives of Brazil’s top 500 companies jumped from 1.8% to 5.3% in the last decade; access to education still key to diversity


Note from BW of Brazil: The past decade has brought about many changes in terms of access of black Brazilians to middle-class status. As education is perhaps the only mechanism … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

“Revolt of the Turbans”: Demands of the black population proclaimed in Rio during historic demonstrations


Note from BW of Brazil: In a week that the Brazilian news magazine Veja referred to as “Os sete dias que mudaram o Brasil (The Seven Days that Changed Brazil)”, the … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · Leave a comment