Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

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

Inspired by Beyoncé, actress Roberta Rodrigues straightens her hair and goes blonde; says guys are crazy about her new look


Actress Roberta Rodrigues who first became famous in her role as Berenice in the 2002 hit film Cidade de Deus (City of God) has decided to go against the grain in the … Continue reading

January 20, 2013 · 4 Comments

The meaning of Whitney Houston and the obstruction of a black female pop superstar in Brazil


Whitney Houston (1963-2012) With the recent passing of pop music superstar Whitney Houston, radio stations have been playing Houston’s hits around the clock, as is customary when a well-known artist … Continue reading

February 15, 2012 · 4 Comments

Legendary actress Ruth de Souza


Along with Léa Garcia and Zezé Motta, one of the most important black Brazilian actresses, Ruth de Souza is a legend of the performing arts with a major career in world of theater, … Continue reading

February 3, 2012 · Leave a comment