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

"Stop and Frisk" Brazilian style? Military Police captain gives order to approach black and brown suspects

Instruction based on the description of an assault victim in an upscale neighborhood by Thais Nunes Since December 21st of last year, police officers of the Taquaral district, one of … Continue reading

January 26, 2013 · Leave a comment

Black (negro) or African descendant (afrodescendente)? What’s in a term? Three well-known Brazilians weigh in on which term they prefer to define themselves

When speaking of racial classification or identity in Brazil, things can get quite complex. On the one hand, various reports have proclaimed Brazil to have the largest black or African descendant largest population … Continue reading

November 26, 2012 · 7 Comments

Racial classification and terminology in Brazil

In Brazil, there five racial classifications on the official census: pardo, loosely meaning brown or mixed race, preto (black), branco (white), amarelo (Asian) and indio (Indian/Native). The term pardo can … Continue reading

November 20, 2011 · 8 Comments