Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: natural black hair

Natural black hair and the politics of resistance: In a Eurocentric Brazil that rejects African features, wearing natural hair is more than just an aesthetic statement

Note from BW of Brazil: Hearing the word Brazil outside the country conjures various images for foreigners. For people who have never been here, what often comes to mind is … Continue reading

January 27, 2018 · 3 Comments

Singer Ludmilla reveals her natural hair for the first time and covers the Brazilian edition of Cosmopolitan with her new look

Note from BW of Brazil: I like it…I like it A LOT!! Here at BW of Brazil, we’ve followed the career of singer Ludmilla since nearly the beginning and besides … Continue reading

January 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

“I was fired for being black and having an afro”: Rio man details his ordeal after being harassed and dismissed due to his look

Note from BW of Brazil: If you haven’t realized it by now, Brazil’s standards of attractiveness and beauty are undeniably anti-black. Is there really any way to continue denying this? … Continue reading

July 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

“Solta esse black” (set your ‘fro free) project: In Rio de Janeiro, black girls discover their beauty, confront sexism and racism after accepting natural hair

Note from BW of Brazil: It should be pretty clear by now why this blog focuses so much on the acceptance of natural black hair and black identity. Ever since … Continue reading

April 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

“Beautiful just like you”: teacher wears the same hairstyle as a student who had been told that her hair was ugly

Note from BW of Brazil: You gotta love stories like this on! Brazil needs for more black people in positions of influence to make statements such as the one featured in … Continue reading

March 25, 2017 · 2 Comments

For black women, just taking to streets is already a form of resistance: Black females talk about ‘cabelo crespo’, kinky/curly hair

Note from BW of Brazil: Walk around any number of Brazilian cities across the country and something is sure to strike you about the Afro-Brazilian population. Nowadays, black Brazilians can … Continue reading

August 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

More from the series “there is no racism in Brazil”: Differences in opinions about the march of natural black hair and march of redheads provide more examples of white privilege

Note from BW of Brazil: Yet another avenue that provides an excellent source of material for the analysis of racial issues can be found in social networking and news sites. … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · 2 Comments