Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“We are going to exploit short clothes and they will have to accept it”: Renata Prado wants to unite women in the fight for respect of female bodies in funk dances

Note from BW of Brazil: The culture of the funk has been around for decades, percolating and heating up the slums of various favelas of the peripheries of major cities … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

“People think that, because I’m a funk singer, I can’t seek something for my life”: Young funkster wants to study Medicine

Note from BW of Brazil: We’ve all heard the cliche phrase, “I’m only doing this temporarily to get through college”. It’s a phrase that’s usually uttered by a person who’s … Continue reading

December 29, 2014 · 4 Comments

Black backing dancers of funk singer attract attention with their routines and trendy hairstyles

Note from BW of Brazil: The success of funk singer Anitta has been discussed on this blog twice in the context of race, gender, sexuality and representation (see here and … Continue reading

August 30, 2013 · 4 Comments

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

Girls of funk group, aged 13 to 20, targeted by Public Ministry due to the sexual nature of their performances

Note from BW of Brazil: Actually, I was beginning to wonder if this would ever happen. A little over a week ago, this blog featured a story about the Minister of … Continue reading

May 17, 2013 · 4 Comments

Minister of Policies to Promote Racial Equality says it’s necessary to change the image of black women in the media

Note from BW of Brazil: Yesterday there was another in an ongoing series of discussions and seminars in regards to the necessity of creating policies that help to change the … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Brazilian music sensation “MC Beyoncé” uses the pop princess’s name, Rhianna’s music and blew up on You Tube like Justin Beiber

Funkeira (funk singer) MC Beyoncé Note from BW of Brazil: Alright, so you may or may not be a fan of this type of music; in reality, if you don’t … Continue reading

May 2, 2013 · 1 Comment