Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Pelé was the target of racism during his career, but chose to ignore the anti-racist struggle


Note from BW of Brazil: Any fan of futebol around the world surely knows of the legend of the great Edson Arantes do Nascimento, or Pelé, as he known to millions. … Continue reading

October 8, 2014 · 6 Comments

Latest example of racism in futebol: Opposing team’s fan calls black goalie a monkey; caught on camera, woman loses her job


Note from BW of Brazil: I can hear the denial loud and clear: “We Brazilians aren’t racists.” This was the title of a book after all. This after about seven … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · 7 Comments

Neymar’s blond ambition and the question of racism, identity and marketability of black public figures


Three weeks ago, Brazil’s latest soccer sensation was at the center of another controversy in regards to the question of race. Santos soccer club/Brazilian national team superstar Neymar (da Silva … Continue reading

February 21, 2013 · 72 Comments

Alzira Rufino: poet, activist and nurse in the struggle to eliminate oppression and discrimination against black people


Alzira Rufino is a political activist active in the Movimento Negro and the Black Women’s Movement. From a poor black family, having worked since she was a child, at seventeen … Continue reading

June 10, 2012 · Leave a comment

Alzira Rufino: poet, activist and nurse in the struggle to eliminate oppression and discrimination against black people


Alzira Rufino is a political activist active in the Movimento Negro and the Black Women’s Movement. From a poor black family, having worked since she was a child, at seventeen … Continue reading

June 10, 2012 · Leave a comment


Woman from Santos, São Paulo, Brazil

April 20, 2012 · Leave a comment


Woman from Santos, São Paulo, Brazil

April 20, 2012 · Leave a comment