Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Overcoming obesity and becoming a champion weightlifter, in search for sponsors, Josélia Oliveira was told they wouldn’t support her because “blacks don’t sell”


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s always great to see people overcoming obstacles and fighting their place in the sun even when there are those who want to throw shade … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Karine Alves, the only black female host on a cable TV sports station, proudly wears her natural hair; wants to be a role model, shares her experience with racism


Note from BW of Brazil: Journalism continues to be an area where Afro-Brazilians are vastly under-represented. Brazilian TV’s penchant for airing mostly journalists who physically fit the European standard has … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Breaking the silence: Gymnast who was victim of teammate’s racist joke was under gag order not to speak about incident


Note from BW of Brazil: So now the truth comes out! When we broke this story a few months back, we wondered as to why it seemed that the young, … Continue reading

August 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

In Toronto’s 2015 Pan Am Games, numerous black women taking medals back to Brazil!


Note from BW of Brazil: Once again Brazilian women are doing what they do best in a global sporting competition! A few of the names we feature in today’s post … Continue reading

July 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Meet the black women of the Brazilian Women’s National Basketball Team!


Note from BW of Brazil: Ya know, there are some days as a blogger in which you just want to post some photos and call it a day. Today happens … Continue reading

July 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Athletes who made racist joke against black gymnast and teammate are suspended by Brazilian Gymnastics Federation


Note from BW of Brazil: Alright, so the politically correct action has been done. Following up on a story presented here a little less than a week ago, three athletes … Continue reading

May 24, 2015 · 2 Comments

‘We love you’: After making racist joke about their black teammate, men’s national gymnastics team record video apology – situation provokes calls for punishment


Note from BW of Brazil: So typical, so Brazilian! This story is the perfect example of how racism works in Brazil and how the society continues to make superficial claims … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 4 Comments