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Category Archives: Taís Araújo

Actress Taís Araújo shines on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival; catches attention of actress Uma Thurman


Note from BW of Brazil: Actress Taís Araújo may not be very well known in the English speaking world, but she is one of the most featured black Brazilian women here … Continue reading

May 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

Research shows that the way Brazilians see the color of celebrities reveals “racial” criteria in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: Racial identity and classification are topics often discussed on the BW of Brazil blog. The article below taken from the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper is … Continue reading

May 10, 2013 · 2 Comments

Chica da Silva: From slave to elite in 18th century Brazil


Francisca da Silva de Oliveira, or simply Chica da Silva or Xica da Silva (Serro, cerca 1732 – February 15, 1796), was a slave, later freed, who lived in the … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Actress Jéssica Ellen, a former cleaning woman, is often confused with Brazil’s most successful black actress


Jéssica Ellen, who plays Rita on the TV show Malhação, was a cleaning woman and says that she’s already been confused for Brazil’s most successful black actress, Taís Araújo Before getting her … Continue reading

February 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

The representation of black women in Brazil’s novelas (soap operas)


Aparecida Petrowki (left) and Camila Pitanga Taís Araújo (left) and Maria Ceiça By Rosa Estrada I have just under three decades of existence, and, because of this, I don’t have … Continue reading

January 18, 2013 · 8 Comments

Actress Sheron Menezes: Through her and other actresses, "Today, black children have people in which they can see themselves"


The actress shows that she learned to make acarajé (fried bean fritters) (1) to play the confectioner Berenice in her latest novella, Lado a Lado and says that she has … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · Leave a comment

Revisiting the triumph and controversy surrounding the film Filhas do Vento, the first Brazilian film made with a majority black cast and black director – Part 3


Filhas do Vento – The challenges and triumph Note: This is the third and final part of this three part series; see part 1 and part 2 Directing a cast full of well-known … Continue reading

November 27, 2012 · Leave a comment