Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Why do the vast majority of funk music videos by male singers overwhelmingly feature white and light-skinned mestiça women in lead and background roles?


Note from BW of Brazil: The origins of today’s post actually go back several months. The first incident that made me think of covering this topic was a spirited debate … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · 7 Comments

African descendant when convenient: Candidate says he is ‘brown’ to enter a career in Brazil’s Foreign Ministry through racial quotas; is barred, but gets an injunction


Note from BW of Brazil: This is really beginning to get ridiculous! We’ve been following these developments of white Brazilians declaring themselves to be ‘pardos’, meaning brown or mixed race, … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · 16 Comments

“Oh, didn’t you know? I’m brown too!”: In upcoming mayoral election in 80% black Salvador, Bahia, two white candidates declare themselves ‘brown’


Note from BW of Brazil: So typical. Brazil, the place where one can switch their racial identity depending on perceived advantages and agendas. For those of our readers who live … Continue reading

August 25, 2016 · 13 Comments

White people: the normative social standard


Note from BW of Brazil: Over the past few years I’v noticed numerous articles and interviews posted online discussing discrimination against persons around the world who are classified as white. … Continue reading

July 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Police identify 30 people in investigation of internet racism against popular actress – but black Brazilians are called “monkey” everyday: what will they do about this when the victim isn’t famous?


Note from BW of Brazil: Below we present a short update on the situation involving the racist hostility directed at actress Taís Araújo last week in a phenomenon that represents just … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · 3 Comments

Among college graduates, whites still earn 47% more than blacks


Note from BW of Brazil: The article we present below doesn’t in fact reveal anything that researchers of racial inequality in Brazil didn’t already know. The fact is that social disparities … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

In Brazil, justice is white and rich: A comparison of two women, one black, one white, provides another example of this


Note from BW of Brazil: In practical terms, the justice system is supposed to provide equal access and render equal treatment to all whether in situations of judgement, imprisonment or … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · 5 Comments