Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“Black is the color of love, but also the color of the struggle” – Video for song “Negra” by Rio singer Marina Íris debuts online


Note from BW of Brazil: Let’s just be real. A song sung by a black woman featuring black women as the main focus and primary presence of a music video? … Continue reading

May 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

MC Carol’s turn: Black, fat and from the ghetto – Rio funkeira steals the show in Fox Life Brasil reality show ‘Lucky Ladies’


Note from BW of Brazil: Rio-style funk has been around for some time; at least two decades. And the genre has produced a number of its own stars, both underground … Continue reading

September 5, 2015 · Leave a 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

Pearls Negras, a rap trio formed in the Vidigal slum of Rio, prepare for shows in Europe


Note from BW of Brazil: We first brought you news about this trio of cuties back in late January. They’re Alice, Mariana and Jennifer, collectively known as the rap/funk trio … Continue reading

August 1, 2014 · 3 Comments

“But….you’re black”: When racial classification leads to stereotypical expectations


  Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s features touches upon a number of issues that are common here on the blog. But as the question and development of identidade negra … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 1 Comment

Singer Ellen Oléria on people who “don’t see color”: “Why? I’m like this. I’m black”


Note from BW of Brazil: There are many ways in which a person can suffer from prejudice and singer Ellen Oléria knows as she carries a number of attributes which make … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

From Spain to France and back to Brazil, singer Lívia Lucas offers an eclectic brew of Samba, Jazz and Latin rhythms


Note from BW of Brazil: Like a great number of other Brazilian born and raised artists over the years, singer Lívia Lucas traveled outside of her native country to find … Continue reading

March 28, 2014 · 1 Comment