Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

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 · Leave a comment

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 · Leave a comment

“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

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