Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“The Brazilian State is mainly responsible for the crimes committed against blacks in the country” – National Commission of Truth on Black Slavery to issue report in December on reparations findings


Note from BW of Brazil: Here in the 21st century, the damages caused by nearly four hundred years of black slavery in Brazil continues to have enormous influence on contemporary … Continue reading

April 22, 2018 · Leave a comment

Elderly woman enslaved for eight years was rescued in the state of Minas Gerais: is slavery extinct?


Note from BW of Brazil: Unfortunately, what the question asked in the headline is not as outrageous as you may think. In the country that imported the most enslaved Africans … Continue reading

March 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

The face of Brazil: Photographic collection provides photos of the black population after the end of slavery


Note from BW of Brazil: As understanding of the condition of Brazil’s black population is one of the primary objectives of this blog, I will of course always be intrigued when there is … Continue reading

February 15, 2018 · 3 Comments

(Only) slavery (doesn’t) explain the current situation of black Brazilians


Note from BW of Brazil: You would think that the title of today’s article would be totally obvious to anyone who reads it, but it doesn’t quite work like that. … Continue reading

February 3, 2018 · 8 Comments

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 · 1 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