Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

City of Campina Grande sets record for largest student capoeira circle in history with nearly 3,000 participants


Note from BW of Brazil: In November, between 300-400 cities throughout Brazil celebrate the Month of Black Consciousness and recently one of the most well-known facets of Afro-Brazilian Culture celebrated … Continue reading

November 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Race and “place”: Whether in an elite school or dreaming of an opera career, Brazilian society continues to tell blacks where they don’t belong


Note from BW of Brazil: The idea of race-oriented “place” is a common discussion on this blog. Despite the idea that “money whitens” or that if one has money in … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

After historic demonstrations, Brazil’s president meets with 19 black organizations to discuss policies to advance racial equality


Note from BW of Brazil: After the massive protests that took Brazil’s leaders by surprise in June, and a subsequent drop in approval ratings, President Dilma Rouseff has been meeting … Continue reading

July 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Professor, rapper and militant Vera Veronika: Down for the cause in Hip Hop as well as in academia


Note from BW of Brazil: Overcoming a number of obstacles, Vera Veronika is a woman of various accomplishments. Her achievements and outlook as a black Brazilian woman represent very well … Continue reading

July 4, 2013 · 3 Comments

Black Women in the First Person: Dandara Correia discusses the construction of her identity as a black woman and the struggle for racial equality


Note from BW of Brazil: In this essay, included in the collection Mulheres Negras na Primeira Pessoa (Black Women in the First Person), activist Dandara Batista Correia explores many of the … Continue reading

June 12, 2013 · 2 Comments

Invisibility in school curriculum leads to fragmentation and rejection of black children’s identity


Taken from original text entitled: “A educação infantil e as crianças negras (Early childhood education and black children)” by Adomair O. Ogunbiyi The verification of the degree of the ethnic-racial rejection … Continue reading

January 2, 2013 · 7 Comments