Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: natural black hair

“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

“Does it take work leaving your hair like that?” – We resist! Sou negra (I am a black woman)!” – The development of black identity for a negro-mestiça


Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s piece once again reflects upon Brazil’s method of assaulting the development of black identity. Numerous articles on this blog deal with the fact of … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · 2 Comments

Identity in Brazil: “Our children do not know that they are black”


Note from BW of Brazil: If you weren’t born and raised in Brazil (or any other Latin American country for that matter) the question of black identity may not seem … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · 2 Comments