Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Too light to portray a dark-skinned woman? After controversy, singer Fabiana Cozza renounces role as legendary Dona Ivone Lara in a musical


Note from BW of Brazil: This is a follow up report on the controversy surrounding the choice of singer Fabiana Cozza to portray a very important singer/songwriter in the world … Continue reading

June 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

“She’s black but she ain’t BLACK!” Black community criticizes selection of light-skinned woman to portray beloved, darker samba singer Dona Ivone Lara


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, once again it’s on! I first caught wind of the controversy last week and decided, like I often do, to wait a few days … Continue reading

June 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Which one is considered “flesh colored”? How whiteness even defines what color is “natural” – Photographer collects testimonials on the subject


Note from BW of Brazil: I can actually remember very well when I heard someone say something like this for the first time. This idea of “flesh-colored”. It’s funny how … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

Why do the vast majority of funk music videos by male singers overwhelmingly feature white and light-skinned mestiça women in lead and background roles?


Note from BW of Brazil: The origins of today’s post actually go back several months. The first incident that made me think of covering this topic was a spirited debate … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · 7 Comments

We don’t bring redemption in our bellies: Maternity and the process of whitening in Brazil


“The mixture of race is facilitated by the prevalence of the superior element. Therefore, sooner or later, it will eliminate the black race here. Obviously, this is beginning to occur.” … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · 13 Comments

Singer Ellen Oléria on people who “don’t see color”: “Why? I’m like this. I’m black”


Note from BW of Brazil: There are many ways in which a person can suffer from prejudice and singer Ellen Oléria knows as she carries a number of attributes which make … Continue reading

April 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Popular Samba musician Dudu Nobre teaches his children about racial identity: “If you can’t pass for white, you are black”


Note from BW of Brazil: The development of today’s piece is the result of three different incidents. The first is the highly publicized cases of racism involving two black Brazilian … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · Leave a comment