Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

How did you discover ser negra (being black)? Making the transition from brown to black


Note from BW of Brazil: The question in the title of today’s piece may seem ridiculous to some: How did you discover ser negra (being black)? But is this really such … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

After controversy over lack of ethnic representation, a black woman is crowned Miss Bahia 2013; protests highlight the contradiction of race


Priscila Cidreira Santiago was elected Miss Bahia 2013 Note from BW of Brazil: Last week the blog covered the latest racial controversy coming out of Brazil concerning race and representation … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · 7 Comments

Essay and poem "Negra, Pérola, Mulher (Black, Pearl, Woman)" pays homage to important black Brazilian women


  The Império da Tijuca Samba school’s Carnaval parade that paid homage to black women was the 2013 Series A champion in Rio de Janeiro! (See short video below). Their Carnaval presentation … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

What is it to be a black woman in Brazil? Part 1


Simone Nascimento, 38, a cultural producer from Rio de Janeiro “You are not black, you’re morena. No, but I’m black! Oh! Don’t say that, you’re so beautiful!”* Still today I feel a mixture of grace and … Continue reading

December 27, 2011 · 1 Comment