Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“Hell” de Janeiro! Residents complain about Armed Forces stops in the Rocinha favela: Shocking images from Rio’s slums show daily life under occupation


Note from BW of Brazil: If a picture is worth a thousand words, about 9,000 words of shocking photos give you a brief introduction to life under military occupation. This … Continue reading

October 11, 2017 · 4 Comments

Classic children’s characters earn another meaning: Everyday situations and acts of racial prejudice lead psychology student to create a line of black dolls


Note from BW of Brazil: The scream is getting louder: WHERE ARE THE BLACK DOLLS? And it’s not just the issue of the lack of black dolls. As I have … Continue reading

October 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

After 170 years, the important of blacks in one of Brazil’s bloodiest wars, the Farroupilha Revolution, is still minimized, says doctor in history


Note from BW of Brazil: Afro-Brazilian historians and activists have been saying this for a long time: black Brazilians are mostly non-existent in Brazilian history textbooks. Beyond representation as slaves, … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Slave struggles and the end of slavery in Brazil: How revolts, organized resistance and fugitive slave communities contributed to the end of slavery in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: It is often said that history is always told from the perspective of the winners and in my own experience of investigating and “un-learning” generally … Continue reading

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Black fatherhood: Beyond the stereotype linking black men to absence, being a black father means taking extra care


Note from BW of Brazil: For many people, certain stereotypical images come to mind when the words homem negro, meaning black man, come up. In Brazil, when people think of … Continue reading

October 7, 2017 · 2 Comments

Six Brazilians have the same wealth as the poorest 100 million Brazilians; richest 5% have the same share of income as the other 95% of the population


Note from BW of Brazil: So tell me, are we still all equal? I often poke fun at this ridiculous statement that so many Brazilians utter when someone shares an … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

“There is always the will, the intention, to mask discrimination in Brazil,” says Professor Adilson Moreira


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s a topic that has intrigued me for many years: How is it that Brazil can be such a racist, exclusionary country, but people still … Continue reading

October 5, 2017 · Leave a comment