Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

126 years of abolition: black women and the meaning of May 13th


  Note from BW of Brazil: Another May 13th has come and gone but even 126 years after this historic day when Princesa Isabel signed the so-called “Golden Law” freeing … Continue reading

May 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

Afro-Brazilians make up 76% of population in three states and are the majority in 56.8% of Brazilian cities; racial inequality still persists


Photo: Núcleo de Estudos Afro-Brasileiros (Neab) Prejudice in relation to skin color is still a reality faced by blacks today. Anthropologist Maria de Lourdes Siqueira, who was born in Codó, a … Continue reading

December 8, 2012 · 5 Comments

Black beauty contest raises self-esteem of contestants in northwest Brazil: “I’ve heard that my color is ugly…Now I know that being black is much more than skin color", said one of the winners


Juliana, Paloma and Juliene, contest winners in 2011 The event is the only in the state to appreciate black culture. The 4th edition will be in December, the anniversary of … Continue reading

September 3, 2012 · Leave a comment

Feminist Vanda Menezes and the echoes of black resistance: "My feminism is black"


Echoes of black resistance in Serra da Barriga, in Alagoas (northeastern Brazil), land of Zumbi of Palmares*, run through the veins of Vanda Menezes, black militant and feminist activist for 30 … Continue reading

June 13, 2012 · Leave a comment