Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Comments on social network pages show that Brazil still has “nostalgic feeling about slavery”, says researcher


Note from BW of Brazil: When one really analyzes and gets to the root of Brazilian society, the evidence is abundant that people very much feel that each segment of … Continue reading

April 7, 2015 · 5 Comments

Black Brazilian celebrities reveal their experiences with prejudice and racism


Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s post features six Afro-Brazilians who have carved out names for themselves in music, acting and journalism. Besides all identifying themselves as black, they also … Continue reading

October 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

White acquaintance offers to sell "legitimate African negro in good state of health" in online auction site; police investigating


Classified ad: “Legitimate African negro, only one owner, good state of health” Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so three days and three straight reports of a ridiculous racist incident. One … Continue reading

March 22, 2013 · 6 Comments

Plus Size models step out of the shadows to fight prejudice against those who overweight


Many children and young people suffer daily bullying for being overweight, having different hair or wearing unusual clothes. The target of the jokes then usually avoids situations and social interaction. … Continue reading

March 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

Prejudice in Brazil: Three black women, a bisexual and a transsexual, all well-known, discuss experiences with bias


Fashion entrepreneur, Gabriele Benedetti brought the women together to discussion prejudice and the fight against racism and homophobia by Peter Willmersdorf     Before following the action on Ipanema Beach, … Continue reading

November 2, 2012 · 1 Comment

Revisiting the black Brazilian middle class of 1999


With recent reports about the surge of Brazil’s black middle class and its buying power in the past decade, we thought it would be interesting to rewind the clock and … Continue reading

September 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

When black children learn the idea of "bad hair" in the least expected place: home


By Fabiana Mascarenhas   As a child I was ashamed of my hair. I dreamed of having a hairstyle like my friends in class, always straight and shiny. Television, the media, … Continue reading

June 15, 2012 · 6 Comments