Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: natural black hair

“Being preto (black) is no problem, but this hair?”: After giving interview about prejudice in universities, young black man receives racist attack in letter

Note from BW of Brazil: It’s funny to me that some people harbor this idea that they can have no problem with black people, even like black people but then … Continue reading

March 27, 2018 · 4 Comments

Is there a double standard on beauty and “big hair”? Recent reactions to a black woman not being able to secure employment due to her hair seem to suggest yes

Note from BW of Brazil: It’s quite obvious that Brazil doesn’t like natural, cabelo crespo (kinky/curly) hair. It should be quite obvious by now. Recently, a beautiful, dark-skinned woman appeared … Continue reading

March 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

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