Black Women of Brazil

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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

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

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 1


Filhas do Vento DVD cover For today’s post and those of the next few days, I wanted to discuss Filhas do Vento, a 2004 film directed by Joel Zito Araújo. Now I’m … Continue reading

November 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

Thalma Freitas and Afro-Brazilians as "suspects of the standard color" in Brazil


In another example of the way in which brown skin is automatically associated with crime in Brazil, well-known actress/singer Thalma Freitas was stopped, picked up and taken to a police … Continue reading

January 8, 2012 · 2 Comments