Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Brazil’s economic elite “is a perfect continuation of the slave elite” as it is “slavery that defines Brazilian society”, says sociologist Jessé Souza


Note from BW of Brazil: So….are you surprised by the title of today’s article? Why? I mean, Brazil was the country that forcibly brought the most enslaved Africans across the … Continue reading

October 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Slave struggles and the end of slavery in Brazil: How revolts, organized resistance and fugitive slave communities contributed to the end of slavery in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: It is often said that history is always told from the perspective of the winners and in my own experience of investigating and “un-learning” generally … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

“It was not the white who enslaved the black, it was the black who enslaved the black”: Funk singer Mr. Catra’s recent comments re-ignite debate on slavery


Note from BW of Brazil: Before I get into today’s story I must first reveal to readers that this story first made headlines about two weeks ago and has since … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · 4 Comments

Brazilian women’s clothing brand provokes outrage after releasing a collection depicting slavery in the print; image presents black slave serving a white woman


Note from BW of Brazil: After learning about this latest racial faux pa in a Brazilian store, I came to the conclusion that there are several possibilities as to why … Continue reading

October 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

African heritage is a target of indifference in Brazil: Cais do Valongo was the largest slave port in Brazil but revitalization project lacks investment


Note from BW of Brazil: If one wants to know how Africa is seen in a country like Brazil there are numerous hints to analyze. We can look at how … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Documentary project ‘Brasil: DNA África’ helps 150 Afro-Brazilians trace their ancestral roots


Note from BW of Brazil: For decades, Brazil has developed its reputation as one of the most racially diverse countries in the world. After centuries of mixing between descendants of … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · 2 Comments

One state’s ad for World Breastfeeding Week harks back to Brazil’s slavery era


Note from BW of Brazil: In yesterday’s post, we mentioned how, because of the legacy of slavery, “something as simple as changing the skin color of the people presented in … Continue reading

August 15, 2015 · 1 Comment