Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

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

From the northeast to the southeast, natural hair, African culture and empowerment are themes on the International Day of the Black Woman


Note from BW of Brazil: Several of our previous posts have been dedicated to the celebration of the International Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean Women’s Day and for good reason. Black women … Continue reading

July 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

The return of the lynch mob: Another man tied to a pole, kicked beaten and stoned to death by angry mob – Brazil #1 in the world in vigilante justice murders


Note from BW of Brazil: Once again, a black man is tied to a pole and brutally beaten to the death by an angry mob. Another statistic in a shockingly common … Continue reading

July 10, 2015 · 4 Comments

Federal University of Maranhão becomes first in Brazil to offer undergraduate degree in African and Afro-Brazilian Studies


Note from BW of Brazil: One of the principle reasons that Africans and black people throughout the world are so terribly stereotyped as inferior, less intelligent and culturally backward is … Continue reading

June 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

The supermarket: The place where black Brazilians are always the “usual suspects”


Note from BW of Brazil: One thing we have seen consistently throughout Brazil is the routine disrespectful treatment accorded to the Afro-Brazilian population. It doesn’t matter if one is male … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Theater group Circuito Musical Palmares brings Afro-Brazilian history to the stage in the northeast


Note from BW of Brazil: The presentation of the black aesthetic and stories told from the perspective of the Afro-Brazilian are sorely lacking throughout all forms of Brazilian media. But … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Separated from her family at the age of 5 to work as a maid in perpetual slavery, Josefina Serra is now a lawyer in the nation’s capital


  Note from BW of Brazil: The following story of struggle in the life of an Afro-Brazilian woman is very common. It’s always great to see when people overcome what … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · 4 Comments