Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

África and black identity in the northeastern state of Ceará


Note from BW of Brazil: The experience of being black in Brazil can has various differences depending on the region of this country that is about the same size as … Continue reading

June 1, 2014 · 5 Comments

“If I don’t use deodorant, I’ll smell like a neguinha (black girl)”, says participant on reality show


Note from BW of Brazil: Let me be honest here. I don’t care for much Brazilian television. Most of it comes across as mindless entertainment for persons who don’t have … Continue reading

February 28, 2014 · 14 Comments

"When I discovered I was black", by Bianca Santana


by Bianca Santana I have been black for less than a year. Before, I was morena. My color was practically a prank of the sun. I was a morena for the Catholic school … Continue reading

February 22, 2013 · 9 Comments

Black (negro) or African descendant (afrodescendente)? What’s in a term? Three well-known Brazilians weigh in on which term they prefer to define themselves


When speaking of racial classification or identity in Brazil, things can get quite complex. On the one hand, various reports have proclaimed Brazil to have the largest black or African descendant largest population … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · 7 Comments

Racial classification and terminology in Brazil


In Brazil, there five racial classifications on the official census: pardo, loosely meaning brown or mixed race, preto (black), branco (white), amarelo (Asian) and indio (Indian/Native). The term pardo can … Continue reading

November 20, 2011 · 6 Comments