Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

‘You don’t need to work so much because you won’t go far, after all, you’re of color’: Overcoming odds against blacks in Classical Music, Maestro Alba Souza conducts orchestras and will complete a Ph.D in Orchestra Direction


Note from BW of Brazil: In yet another inspirational story of overcoming stereotypes and derogation, we present the story of a black woman who is succeeding in another field that … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Times of intolerance: cases of racial insults and racism grow in Piauí


Note from BW of Brazil: The future only knows where Brazil is headed but one thing seems to be certain: racism isn’t going anywhere anytime soon! Piauí is a state located … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 2 Comments

Theater group Circuito Musical Palmares brings Afro-Brazilian history to the stage in the northeast


Note from BW of Brazil: The presentation of the black aesthetic and stories told from the perspective of the Afro-Brazilian are sorely lacking throughout all forms of Brazilian media. But … Continue reading

May 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

The epidemic of popular justice and lynchings


Note from BW of Brazil: This is the second part of a two-part series on the surge of lynchings in Brazil. Although these mob attacks have recently surged in the … Continue reading

April 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Racism in northeastern hospital: mother says security guard called her son “rotten black” and kicked him


Note from BW of Brazil: What else can be said here except, as incidents like this happen everyday somewhere in Brazil, who can honestly still believe in the idea of … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

66-year old black man murdered after being offended; shooting suspect called him “negro”


Note from BW of Brazil: Here we have yet another tragedy to report that appears to be connected to race. Following the deaths of a 71-year old black man in … Continue reading

October 6, 2013 · 4 Comments

July 25th is the International Afro-Latin American and Afro-Caribbean Women’s Day: Black Women of Brazil raise their voices, call for struggle and unity against racist and sexist oppression


Note from BW of Brazil: Today, July 25th, is a day to celebrate the unique experiences of black women in Latin America and Caribbean. Although International Women’s Day is celebrated … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · 3 Comments