Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Brazilian society continues to ostracize natural black hair: woman followed by store security simply because of her hair.


Note from BW of Brazil: Here we go again! If you’ve followed this blog for any amount of time, you know that the issue of hair texture and standards of … Continue reading

June 6, 2013 · 3 Comments

The racist face of Brazil’s miscegenation


Note from BW of Brazil: The question of racial identity and classification are topics dealt with frequently on this blog. Brazil’s history and reputation has long been constructed upon the … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · 9 Comments

Black Brazilian women mobilize against a racist hair campaign ad featuring people wearing afro wigs


Sign: “eu preciso de Cadiveu (I need Cadiveu)”   In several of our blog posts over the past 14 months, we have given consistent examples of how the aesthetic and image … Continue reading

January 16, 2013 · 9 Comments

"Bombril is a scouring pad; kinky/curly hair is something else"


by Lívia Deodato My hair is, curly, kinky or wavy, depending on the day and who’s looking at me. I was born with this gene. From childhood, I learned that it’s … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · Leave a comment

Bombril campaign is suspended for racist content; ad caused outrage amongst black Brazilian women who repudiated the association of the scouring pad with black women’s hair


  Previously, the charges were denied but the company has changed the campaign to avoid further controversy.   The campaign ad for “Mulheres que Brilham (Women that Shine)” was considered … Continue reading

August 27, 2012 · 1 Comment

Brazilian TV network’s usage of blackface and stereotypes causes outrage in online community


Once again, the Brazilian media has been accused of promoting demeaning images of its black population. The online social network, Correio Nagô, that presents itself as the online voice of Brazil’s … Continue reading

June 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

Brazilian TV network’s usage of blackface and stereotypes causes outrage in online community


Once again, the Brazilian media has been accused of promoting demeaning images of its black population. The online social network, Correio Nagô, that presents itself as the online voice of Brazil’s … Continue reading

June 23, 2012 · 1 Comment