Black Women of Brazil

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Meet Adélia Sampaio: the first black woman to have ever directed a full feature Brazilian film!


Note from BW of Brazil: Exactly the type of story that we like to share here, especially during this, November, the Month of Black Consciousness in Brazil. In the past … Continue reading

November 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

In the southern state of Paraná, a descendant of a quilombo, communities established by fugitives escaping slavery, becomes the first to earn a Ph.D


Note from BW of Brazil: The history of the quilombo is an important piece in the struggle of Afro-Brazilians. These independent communities were established by fugitives escaping the cruelty and … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

A mulata, illegitimate child and poor, Maria Firmina dos Reis suffered a lot of prejudice, but she was the first Brazilian novelist


Note from BW of Brazil: In another feature that rescues the history of Afro-Brazil and black women, today we present an important woman in the world of Brazilian literary works. … Continue reading

August 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

10 black women who are making a difference in Bahia


Note from BW of Brazil: What better way to finish up a celebration of black women of Latin America and the Caribbean than with a post dedicated to 10 black … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

Rilza Valentim, the first black woman elected mayor in São Francisco do Conde, Bahia, dies at age 52


Note from BW of Brazil: It is with great sadness that BW of Brazil recently learned that on the night before the Day of the Afro Latin America Caribbean Black … Continue reading

July 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

50 years ago, Vera Lúcia Couto became the 1st black woman to represent her state in the Miss Brasil contest


Note from BW of Brazil: Vera Lúcia Couto is now 70 years old, but fifty years ago, at the age of 20, on June 27th, she made history. Although Brazil has … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

Ivone Caetano sworn in as first black woman Court of Appeals Judge in state of Rio de Janeiro


Note from BW of Brazil: As the position of black women in Brazilian society has been a struggle of nearly five centuries against institutions of oppression, exclusion and discrimination, any … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment