Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Three cases in three cities, all having racial overtones, result in US$247,000 in damages, three college suspensions and an expulsion


Note from BW of Brazil: Comments and actions often speak volumes and reveal much in terms of how people really think and feel about certain topics and people. All three … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Overcoming the odds: These four black women obtained important positions in civil construction, architecture and design


Note from BW of Brazil: In Brazilian society, black women are usually thought to fill positions that are stereotypically reserved to them such as maids, cooks, babysitters or the near … Continue reading

February 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Blackface, jokes and denial: How racism continues to thrive in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: Two recent incidents that occurred within days of each other provide telling examples of how racism can be naturalized and accepted as jokes in Brazil. … Continue reading

July 15, 2013 · 4 Comments

Teacher admits to calling a student ‘monkey’ in university administered elementary school; says it was "not in a racist tone"


Students at Pedagogical Center at UFMG Teacher calls student ‘monkey’ in a room of the Centro Pedagógico da UFMG (Teaching Centre of UFMG). The University opened an administrative process to … Continue reading

March 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Photos of a practical joke with racist content generate controversy on the Internet


 Student leads a woman painted black in chains as historic slave figure Chica da Silva   A practical staged last Friday by students of the faculty of law at the … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · 7 Comments

Posessing green eyes and of Dutch ancestry, actress Ildi Silva is clear on her identity: "I consider myself black, mulata. White, no"


Ildi Silva is an actress that has appeared in a number of Brazil’s ever popular novelas.  Some of those novellas include Paraíso Tropical (2007), Poeira em Alto Mar (2008), Bela, … Continue reading

June 19, 2012 · 4 Comments

Posessing green eyes and of Dutch ancestry, actress Ildi Silva is clear on her identity: "I consider myself black, mulata. White, no"


Ildi Silva is an actress that has appeared in a number of Brazil’s ever popular novelas.  Some of those novellas include Paraíso Tropical (2007), Poeira em Alto Mar (2008), Bela, … Continue reading

June 19, 2012 · 2 Comments