Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Victim of brutal lynching in northeastern state of Maranhão had no prior police record


Note from BW of Brazil: This is a followup report of a savage lynching that happened earlier this month in the northeastern state of Maranhão. Vigilante lynchings have long been a … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Separated from her family at the age of 5 to work as a maid in perpetual slavery, Josefina Serra is now a lawyer in the nation’s capital


  Note from BW of Brazil: The following story of struggle in the life of an Afro-Brazilian woman is very common. It’s always great to see when people overcome what … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

Upsurge in lynchings reveal another side to the Brazilian image of the “cordial man”


Note from BW of Brazil: The occurrence of lynchings (known as lichamentos in Portuguese), or violent popular retaliation by residents of a community reacting to a crime, actual or alleged, that … Continue reading

April 26, 2014 · 1 Comment

Influenced by movements in the US and Africa, and under intelligence surveillance, the Movimento Negro emerged in 1978 in the fight for racial equality


Note from BW of Brazil: The struggle for equal rights and representation in various areas of society is one of the principal topics covered on this blog. Afro-Brazilians remain so … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · 4 Comments

Three decapitated in northeastern prison; 62 prison deaths in same complex evidence of state of emergency!


Note from BW of Brazil: A few of the images in this post are gruesome and may not be fit for some readers. But the emergency at hand cannot be ignored! … Continue reading

January 10, 2014 · 3 Comments

Mundinha Araújo: Founder of the Center of Black Culture in northeastern Brazil explains how Angela Davis and the Jackson 5 influenced her to wear her natural hair in the 1970s


Note from BW of Brazil: The question of hair is a topic that is often discussed here on the blog. As Brazil has always been and continues to be dominated … Continue reading

April 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Students hold protest at a federal university; students proclaim director’s comments about student’s hair racist


Protest flyer; student Wgercilene Martins who was allegedly the target of racism Another day, another accusation of racism. This time it occurred on the campus of a federal university in the … Continue reading

February 25, 2013 · 3 Comments