Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

The Movimento das Mulheres Negras Capixabas: The Black Woman’s Movement of Espírito Santo


Note from BW of Brazil: The struggle of black Brazilian women to be simply recognized as black women, change the public perception as well as the social position of black … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Journalist calls black Minister of Racial Equality a tapir; comments speak not only racist idea of “place” but also contradictions of race in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: For those of you who don’t really understand the intricacies of how race, racism and racial classification play out in Brazil, the following post is … Continue reading

January 23, 2014 · 1 Comment

A message to the African-American community on stereotypes about Brazilian women


Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s post is a collaborative essay by Mark Wells, a frequent traveler to Brazil who has written on the topic of blacks and racism in Brazil … Continue reading

December 20, 2013 · 47 Comments

Overcoming experiences with racism and sexism, five powerful black women reveal the keys to success


Persistence, dedication, entrepreneurial spirit, courage and discipline on the job are the secrets of these super powerful women by Adriana Reyes Work trips, professional lunches, agendas full of commitments. Occupying … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Nannies and maids: relations that perpetuate racism and sexism


Note from BW of Brazil: With the recent passage of the new law that expands the rights of maids in Brazil, the web is full of stories and essays that highlight the relations … Continue reading

April 3, 2013 · 1 Comment

Black Women and Power: We can too!


  Photos: Left to right, top row and bottom row: Benedita da Silva, Federal Deputy and first black woman to serve as governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Célia Sacramento, … Continue reading

March 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Young black men die by murder, young black women die from lack of health care: "Public security", state authoritarianism and the extermination of the black population


Originally titled: “Os jovens negros morrem e as mulheres negras também morrem (Young black men are dying and black women are also dying)” by Luka* It’s been awhile since the Movimento Negro … Continue reading

November 11, 2012 · 10 Comments