Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

How racial consciousness changed my way of seeing the world


Note from BW of Brazil: I’m sure there must be some who read this blog that wonder why a common theme here is the development of black identity. As was explained … Continue reading

April 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

Against all of the anti-affirmative action rhetoric, see why the university quota system has worked so well in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: A little more than a decade ago, when affirmative action and quotas according to race began to be debated and implemented in Brazilian universities, the … Continue reading

January 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

10 years of Affirmative Action at the University of Brasília: black student enrollment increases by 71.5% and quota students outperform non-quota students


Note from BW of Brazil: When the question of affirmative action policies and quotas for Brazil’s African descendants to have more access to a college education first came up more … Continue reading

June 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Study finds that 99% of Brazilian diplomats and federal university professors are white


Note from BW of Brazil: In yet another stunning example of racial inequality in Brazil, a 2005 study found that 99% of Brazil’s diplomats and college professors are white. And … Continue reading

May 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Racist grafitti and Neo-Nazis in Brazil: The evidence that can’t be denied


“Fora crioulo (Out with the crioulos/blacks)” Last week on May 1st, several news outlets in Brazil reported that the front of a building located across the street from the Federal University … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · 2 Comments

Racist grafitti and Neo-Nazis in Brazil: The evidence that can’t be denied


“Fora crioulo (Out with the crioulos/blacks)” Last week on May 1st, several news outlets in Brazil reported that the front of a building located across the street from the Federal University … Continue reading

May 11, 2012 · 3 Comments

Actress, writer and educator Cristiane Sobral on the challenges facing Afro-Brazilian women


Actress, writer and educator, Cristiane Sobral was the first black woman to graduate in Theatrical Interpretation at the University of  Brasília (UnB). Born in the Coqueiros section of west Rio de … Continue reading

April 19, 2012 · 1 Comment