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 · 1 Comment

Singer Anitta harshly criticized for her silence on councilwoman Marielle Franco’s murder; should artists be expected to take on social issues?


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s been more than two weeks since councilwoman Marielle Franco was brutally murdered on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. In the days and weeks … Continue reading

March 30, 2018 · 2 Comments

French newspaper refers to singer Anitta as ‘Rio’s Beyoncé’ because of her rising international success


Note from BW of Brazil: Everybody wants the Queen B’s throne! And for years, it seems that Brazil’s media has been hell bent on finding a woman who would be … Continue reading

March 6, 2018 · 3 Comments

Singer Ludmilla is among a list of Brazilians nominated for the Latino Grammy Awards


Note from BW of Brazil: Love her or hate her, you gotta admit, singer Ludmilla don’ come a LLOONNGG way baby! I still clearly remember several years ago hearing her … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

With all the force of a black woman: Zaika dos Santos uses her music, encompassing various styles, to combat structural racism


Note from BW of Brazil: If one were to divide Brazil’s scene into style and genres, there would be enough for every region of to be considered its own country. … Continue reading

June 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Baiana singer Larissa Luz branches off into a solo career mixing elements of Jamaican music, Candomblé and Rock


Note from BW of Brazil: Talented singer/songwriter Larissa Luz paid her dues as the lead singer of the popular bloco afro Ara Ketu and is now carving out a name … Continue reading

September 23, 2013 · 1 Comment

Crossover appeal: How racially stigmatized music is accepted when the face is white – The case of singer Anitta


Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so there’s a lot going on here in this post. The posts touches on many of the topics that are regularly discussed on this … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · 8 Comments