Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“When I discovered I was racist”: Woman reflects on her perceptions of blackness and what it means to be white

Note from BW of Brazil: Many of us go through processes of discovery that often change the very way in which we see the world. For me, one of those … Continue reading

December 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

The role the racist humor of a late night talk show host played in the racist assault on a popular black journalist

Note from BW of Brazil: Alright so today’s piece is late. The subject, late night talk show host Danilo Gentili, has been discussed in previous posts. Not being a fan … Continue reading

August 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doctor suffers racism because she wears dreadlocks

Note from BW of Brazil: In reality, there’s nothing unusual here. Disappointing yes, but very common in a country where one’s appearance is judged according to their proximity to a … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 13 Comments

From the “mulata” dancing nude on TV to the killing of youth, black people are stereotyped and tossed aside in the Brazilian social imaginary

Note from BW of Brazil: In the interview below, poet/musician Ronald Augustus takes on a number of topics that are important to this blog and that have been covered in a … Continue reading

December 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Brazil: One big, happy mixed family? Not exactly…The shame and dehumanizing of its black population

Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so by now, you must already know the story. Brazil, the great melting pot where everyone is a mixed blood in a country where … Continue reading

May 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Debate: One of the most diverse programs on Brazilian TV, is ‘Esquenta’ also the most racist show on television?

Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s post has been a long-time coming. Originally I wanted to contribute this post to BW of Brazil back in June when I came across … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

“With this face you could only be a cleaning woman or trash scrap collector”: Manager of a store verbally attacked by aggressive, racist customer

Note from BW of Brazil: Ahhhh Brazil. Another day, another racist incident. What a way to end the year! Again, in this case, as in many in the past, we … Continue reading

December 31, 2013 · 3 Comments