Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Why does Anitta’s “Vai Malandra” bother black people so much? Singer’s new video once again stirs up questions of racial identity and cultural appropriation


Note from BW of Brazil: So to tell you the truth, the idea of writing something about singer Anitta’s new video hadn’t even occurred to me until probably Wednesday or … Continue reading

December 24, 2017 · 1 Comment

Eight racist stereotypes that Brazilian novelas need to stop using: The continuous invisibility and devaluation of the black population


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s a topic that’s been discussed in numerous previous posts: the images, representation, and stereotypes of Afro-Brazilians on television. So if it’s been discussed in … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

Before Neymar, Joel Camargo was the French PSG futebol team’s first Brazilian; a good player, but after speaking out on racism, he died poor, sick and forgotten


Note from BW of Brazil: Let me start this article off by stating that I am not a big sports enthusiast. This is not to say that I don’t like … Continue reading

August 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Black woman denounces attempt to kidnap her daughter; woman needed to prove she was her child’s mother because the little girl looks white


Note from BW of Brazil: This has got to be one of the strangest cases I’ve come across in some time! In reality, in Brazil, it is very common that … Continue reading

July 9, 2017 · 6 Comments

At Brazil’s top network, Globo TV, of every six opening sequences of soap operas with white women, only one has black women


Note from BW of Brazil: Over the course of the years of this blog’s existence, we’ve periodically discussed the influence of novelas (soap operas) in Brazilian culture and the place … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 · 5 Comments

In new video, singer Mallu Magalhães is accused of racism and white privilege after employing numerous stereotypes in the appearance of her black dancers


Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes I wonder how it is that things that happen in one country seem to sometimes happen in other countries. For example, anyone who has … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

“Black Skin, White Masks”: Based on Fanon classic, dance company presents spectacular of black dance based on studies of ethno-racial relations in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil:  Any person who has had any sort of interest in the situation of African descendants living under the domination of Europeans and their descendants has … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · 1 Comment