Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: racial identity

Reflections of a whitened blackness: The difficulties of defining oneself when seen as being ‘too white to be black’ but ‘too black to be white’

Note from BW of Brazil: The text presented below perfectly demonstrate the sometimes difficult task of racial classification in Brazil. It is a topic that I’ve dealt with since the … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

Woman ‘discovers’ her color at age 36: Viviane Duarte only questioned her own racial identity when asked her personal thoughts on difficulties black women face

Note from BW of Brazil: This story is so very typically Brazilian. It’s stories as this one that demonstrate why there are so many stories on this blog detailing the … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

2.5 million black and brown women are ‘missing’ in census report: Report demonstrates the difficulty women of color have in defining themselves as black

Note from BW of Brazil: Well in reality, the information presented in today’s piece should come as absolutely no surprise. When I first created this blog back in 2011, one … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

How did you discover ser negra (being black)? Making the transition from brown to black

Note from BW of Brazil: The question in the title of today’s piece may seem ridiculous to some: How did you discover ser negra (being black)? But is this really such … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

Passing for black? Student with white skin and green eyes declares himself black and competes for position in Brazil Foreign Ministry under the system of Affirmative Action

Note from BW of Brazil: Well, he’s back in the news again! We first covered this controversy involving a white-looking man attempting to take advantage of Brazil’s Affirmative Action system … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · 6 Comments

“But you’re not black; you’re morena!” – How the denial of identity is symptomatic of structural racism in Brazilian society

Note from BW of Brazil: I must admit, the discussion over this topic is quite intriguing. In a recent post in which we featured Camila Pitanga, we received comments of … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · 4 Comments