Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Passinho: The dance craze coming out of Rio’s favelas


Note from BW of Brazil: Poor people of color always seem to up with creative new means to express themselves.  Out of the slums of Rio de Janeiro comes yet … Continue reading

June 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Maria Beatriz Nascimento (1942-1995): Intellectual militant of the Movimento Negro, poet and historian of quilombos, Brazil’s runaway slave societies


Maria Beatriz Nascimento (1942 – 1995) “Being black is facing a history of almost five hundred years of resistance to pain, physical and moral suffering, the feeling of not existing, the … Continue reading

March 26, 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

Will Smith and Kanye West stroll through the Vidigal favela in Rio


Pregnant socialite Kim Kardashian, rapper Kayne West and actor Will Smith came to Brazil for Carnival. They took the trip to see the city’s tourist sites.     Kim Kardashian … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Carolina de Jesus, writer: from the slums of São Paulo to international acclaim


Originally published on November 25, 2011 Republished in recognition of the Month of Black Consciousness Carolina Maria de Jesus (1915-1977) (1) was a favelada (slum dweller) from the the city of São … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

Black teen killed in police Special Operations Battalion sting operation in Rio; family will sue the state


Family accuses BOPE of murder; Military and Civil Police investigating the case. 15 year old died on Saturday during an action in the Parque Arará Favela. The body of the … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 1 Comment