Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Brazil has most maids of any country in the world; a legacy of slavery, oppression and social inequality, middle and upper classes want to keep it that way


While the film The Help may have brought back memories of paternalistic, oppressive relationships in the recent past of the US, domestic service in Brazil continues to be a widespread facet of … Continue reading

February 8, 2013 · 4 Comments

"What are you blacks doing here?": Three black men beaten and electroshocked by security – How racism works in Brazil


A few weeks ago, three black men were assaulted, beaten and given electroshocks from a stun gun by security guards at a concert in southern Brazil. Of course the obvious … Continue reading

October 5, 2012 · 6 Comments

Brazil: Where "The Help" is still an unequal reality for black women


  The 2011 film “The Help” portrayed the cruel realities of the lives of black domestic workers in 1960s Mississippi. In modern day Brazil, the often demeaning, unappreciated efforts of … Continue reading

June 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

How Brazilian ideologies of racial stereotypes apply to Viola Davis and the Oscars


The Oscars and Viola Davis in “The Help” So once again, Oscar time is upon us, and as usual, the media is clamoring and hyping up the show and trying … Continue reading

February 26, 2012 · 1 Comment

How Brazilian ideologies of racial stereotypes apply to Viola Davis and the Oscars


The Oscars and Viola Davis in “The Help” So once again, Oscar time is upon us, and as usual, the media is clamoring and hyping up the show and trying … Continue reading

February 26, 2012 · 3 Comments