Black Women of Brazil

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Category Archives: Rio de Janeiro

Welcome to Rio2016 Olympics! Afro-Brazilians and favela culture conquer the world with a dazzling display at the Opening Ceremony!


Note from BW of Brazil: Well unless you were sleeping, unconscious or simply not interested, you know that the long anticipated 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro started off with … Continue reading

August 7, 2016 · 9 Comments

“I am a woman. I’m from the periphery. But I still have an advantage: I’m white” – The recognition of white privilege and racism


Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes one has to accept the idea that coincidences don’t exist. Sometimes things happen in the universe that demonstrate that things are supposed the happen … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · 3 Comments

Overcoming obesity and becoming a champion weightlifter, in search for sponsors, Josélia Oliveira was told they wouldn’t support her because “blacks don’t sell”


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s always great to see people overcoming obstacles and fighting their place in the sun even when there are those who want to throw shade … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nêga Rosa Project increases income of black women in Rio communities. Women sew, cook and give turban workshops; works to be featured in 2016 Olympics


Note from BW of Brazil: In recent years, numerous projects, programs and seminars focused on black culture and entrepreneurial enterprises have changed the lives of numerous Afro-Brazilians, bringing opportunities that … Continue reading

October 13, 2015 · 1 Comment

“I can’t take publishing news of murdered children anymore”: 11-year-old black boy killed by police in Rio neighborhood; protest closes down main streets


Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes, after something depressing happens again, again and again and again, there are simply no more words to really express the sense of outrage and … Continue reading

September 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

So a black woman is not supposed to have $700 gift certificate, right? Teacher says she was discriminated against by Ágatha store in shopping mall in Rio’s south zone


Note from BW of Brazil: Really bizarre this situation. Of course, as this blog is full of discriminatory incidents involving race, hair and skin color, but we always like to … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Book about the career of pioneering actress Ruth de Souza will be released in Rio


Note from BW of Brazil: Today, in the 21st century, the role of Afro-Brazilian women in Brazilian film and television remains minuscule although there has been some progress made. Actress Taís … Continue reading

September 24, 2015 · 1 Comment