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

On being a privileged black: The exception among blacks and the exception among whites


Note from BW of Brazil: In today’s piece, Gabriela Gonçalves analyzes the complexity of certain blacks having certain privileges among other blacks even though they are still not able to access … Continue reading

September 6, 2015 · 1 Comment

Brazil doesn’t think ballet is the ‘place’ for black women; black Brazilian ballerinas find more opportunities outside of the country


Note from BW of Brazil: We last featured ballerina Ingrid Silva back in May. Chasing her dreams led her to New York and dancing for one of the most renown … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Professor who was target of racist graffiti says offenses are reaction to policies of racial/social inclusion


Note from BW of Brazil: We’ve seen the scenario too many times to be surprised. A given society is divided into “haves” and “have nots”. The divisions are so clear … Continue reading

August 13, 2015 · Leave a comment