Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Category Archives: self-esteem

Identity in Brazil: “Our children do not know that they are black”

Note from BW of Brazil: If you weren’t born and raised in Brazil (or any other Latin American country for that matter) the question of black identity may not seem … Continue reading

January 28, 2014 · 2 Comments

Black dolls teach the combat of racism while playing

Note from BW of Brazil: As has been shown on this blog, the Brazilian media and school system play important roles in the development of the country’s identity. As such, … Continue reading

January 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Long-time actress Zezé Motta is competing for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ in Brazil’s most prestigious movie awards

Note from BW of Brazil: Actress/singer Zezé Motta has long represented for black Brazilian women on the big and small screen. A veteran actress with a career of nearly 50 … Continue reading

October 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

White Brazilians want to know: ‘If blacks can wear “100% negro” t-shirts, why can’t we wear a “100% branco” (white) t-shirt?’; black Brazilian woman responds

Note from BW of Brazil: The topic of this post is a subject that has been debated in Brazil nearly as passionately as the question of quotas and affirmative action … Continue reading

October 1, 2013 · 3 Comments

In northeastern state of Maranhão, which is 74% Afro-Brazilian, illiteracy rate is 50% higher among blacks

Population of northeastern state of Maranhão is 74% Afro-Brazilian   In Maranhão, the illiteracy rate is 50% higher among blacks, according to the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (Brazilian Institute … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Inspired by Beyoncé, actress Roberta Rodrigues straightens her hair and goes blonde; says guys are crazy about her new look

Actress Roberta Rodrigues who first became famous in her role as Berenice in the 2002 hit film Cidade de Deus (City of God) has decided to go against the grain in the … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · 4 Comments

Black Brazilian women mobilize against a racist hair campaign ad featuring people wearing afro wigs

Sign: “eu preciso de Cadiveu (I need Cadiveu)”   In several of our blog posts over the past 14 months, we have given consistent examples of how the aesthetic and image … Continue reading

January 16, 2013 · 9 Comments