Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Black and from the northeast, Etiene Medeiros becomes the first Brazilian woman to be world champion of swimming; takes gold in the 50-meter backstroke


Note from BW of Brazil: I LOVE it when women that this blog has already previously featured have to be featured again for something amazing that they’ve achieved! That is … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · 3 Comments

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