Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Macaco? Really? But have you ever really done the comparison? Lips. Hair. Skin color. Who is it that really looks more like a monkey?


Note from BW of Brazil: I’m not even gonna spend much time on this one. Believe me, there are already thousands of people who have weighed in on this issue, … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Black women collaborate in photographic essay exalting African royalty: Three São Paulo natives represent Queens Nzinga, Makeda and Yaa Asantewaa


Note from BW of Brazil: Representation, representation, and more representation! A keyword that cannot be stressed enough on this blog. What does one do when depictions of beauty in a mainstream media … Continue reading

August 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

“We black men and women are in the line of fire”: Sociologist and ombudswoman Vilma Reis fights for the collective empowerment of the black population


Note from BW of Brazil: If you’re not already aware, Afro-Brazilians are in a state of emergency. I know there are those who will read such a statement and immediately … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

I’m a “conceited black woman?”: It’s not a compliment, but apparently being a successful, confident black woman makes some people very uncomfortable


Note from BW of Brazil: In numerous previous posts on this blog, many writers and I have discussed this question of “the place” of the black Brazilian. And what I … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Before Neymar, Joel Camargo was the French PSG futebol team’s first Brazilian; a good player, but after speaking out on racism, he died poor, sick and forgotten


Note from BW of Brazil: Let me start this article off by stating that I am not a big sports enthusiast. This is not to say that I don’t like … Continue reading

August 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

77-year old black woman brings down the house at book festival with an emotional speech on racism; words lead top black actor and many others to tears


Note from BW of Brazil: So last Saturday, I received this video in one of my social networks. As I was busy and receive so many messages and videos, I … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Justice in black and white – Rafael Braga and Breno Borges: when 9g of racism weighs more than 129kg of marijuana


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s been a little over three months since we last reported on the situation of Rafael Braga, the young black male from Rio de Janeiro, … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · 3 Comments