Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

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

Dear white “boss”: We know you didn’t mean to come off as a nice “master”, but….: The case of the blond TV host and her black nannies


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s stories such as these are really key for understanding how the racial hierarchy works in a country like Brazil. A few days ago we … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 2 Comments

Blond TV host posts photos of her black nannies and is labeled a “slave missus”; to deflect accusations of racism, poses for photos with black security guard!


Note from BW of Brazil: Ah, the race question in Brazil! Really, you just can’t make this stuff up! File the following story under the file of “how Brazil doesn’t … Continue reading

August 10, 2015 · 7 Comments

“For sale, for rental and runaways”: Black slaves in 19th century classified ads; a reminder of May 13th, when slavery was abolished in Brazil 127 years ago


Note from BW of Brazil: As we’ve seen recently, 350 year plus years of the inhumane institution of slavery has had and continues to have a profound effect on the … Continue reading

May 14, 2015 · 7 Comments