Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

In the southern state of Paraná, a descendant of a quilombo, communities established by fugitives escaping slavery, becomes the first to earn a Ph.D


Note from BW of Brazil: The history of the quilombo is an important piece in the struggle of Afro-Brazilians. These independent communities were established by fugitives escaping the cruelty and … Continue reading

October 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fashion student develops photographic project Noivas Negras (Black Brides) to provide references for black women on their special day


Note from BW of Brazil: Yes, black brides DO exist! Although one would never know it judging from the media and indeed the difficulty that black women often experience in … Continue reading

June 18, 2015 · 3 Comments

Black personalities honored in Ponta Grossa, Paraná as city celebrates Week of Black Consciousness with various activities


Note from BW of Brazil: Please note that this story is actually from November 18th and as such the events spoken of in the content have already taken place. With … Continue reading

November 29, 2014 · Leave a comment

Re-election of President Rousseff brings widespread prejudice against northeastern voters and calls for secession; candidates didn’t address racism during campaigns


Note from BW of Brazil: The re-election of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff once again brought to the fore questions of race, discrimination that has permeated throughout Brazilian society both in … Continue reading

November 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

“You have to give the white type of service, not the black” – Two companies in southern Brazil condemned for racial discrimination; damages worth US$48,000


Note from BW of Brazil: Nothing new here. Simply more exposure of how racism is as Brazilian caipirinha! Again, as has been pointed out in previous posts, these cases simply … Continue reading

October 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Being mixed doesn’t make me less black” and compliments that devalue blackness by exalting European attributes


  Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s piece, like so many others, is exactly what this blog is about. Stephanie Paes covers so many issues that are pertinent to the … Continue reading

May 8, 2014 · 14 Comments

The homeless: How does race determine the treatment of society’s rejects?


Note from BW of Brazil: This is actually a follow-up story to a piece from several months ago. It exemplifies how the privilege of whiteness can give someone an advantage … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 5 Comments