Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

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

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

The racist face of Brazil’s miscegenation

Note from BW of Brazil: The question of racial identity and classification are topics dealt with frequently on this blog. Brazil’s history and reputation has long been constructed upon the … Continue reading

May 22, 2013 · 12 Comments