Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

The “Procissão do Fogaréu” in Goiás is an annual Easter event, but doesn’t it look a little like….?


Note from BW of Brazil: As recognition of the Easter season is recognized around the world, I thought it would interesting to present an historic event that takes place every … Continue reading

March 26, 2016 · 2 Comments

For those looking for something ‘cool’ to get into: Respect our history! Candomblé is not hip – it is our tradition, ancestry and resistance


Note from BW of Brazil: The Candomblé (1) is an Afro-Brazilian religion that has a history that is thoroughly connected to the history, culture and treatment of the black population. Like black … Continue reading

September 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Brazilian state still sees communities of African origin religions as folklore


Note from BW of Brazil: In a Western world that continues to place Christian religious values and morals at the cores of their societies, those who practice non-Christian belief systems … Continue reading

November 15, 2013 · 2 Comments

Professor, rapper and militant Vera Veronika: Down for the cause in Hip Hop as well as in academia


Note from BW of Brazil: Overcoming a number of obstacles, Vera Veronika is a woman of various accomplishments. Her achievements and outlook as a black Brazilian woman represent very well … Continue reading

July 4, 2013 · 3 Comments

Illiterate and the daughter of a slave, Nhá Chica is the first black woman to be given the title of blessed by the Catholic Church of Brazil


She was also a layperson and didn’t belong to any religious order. Francisca de Paula de Jesus dedicated her life to charity and the poor. by Samantha Silva and Lucas … Continue reading

May 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Documentary "City of Women" explores the African-derived religion of Candomblé in Brazil’s northeast


A Cidade das Mulheres is a 72-minute documentary directed by Lázaro Faria that explores the Candomblé, an African derived religion that gave black Brazilian women power and a voice in a society … Continue reading

December 14, 2012 · Leave a comment