Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

In Brazil, we speak “Pretoguês” (black Portuguese): Lélia Gonzalez and Afro-Brazilian Portuguese as a political act of resistance


Note from BW of Brazil: As many of us have come to learn, language is yet another weapon that European colonizers have used over the centuries as a means to … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 4 Comments

Journalist who was fired for calling funk singer Ludmilla a monkey on live TV is hired by another top network


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, I told you so! I hate the fact that my prediction turned out to be true, but as we saw in a previous article … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

The perfect crime! In court judgments of cases of racism, 67% of the cases are won by defendants and only 29% by the victims


Note from BW of Brazil: The numbers say it all. I’ve said in a number of past posts that Brazil has a very sufficient form of racism. The news I’m … Continue reading

February 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

In 124 years, Larissa Rodrigues Mendes Silva will be one of the 10 black students to graduate with a degree in Engineering at Brazil’s top university


Note from BW of Brazil: Yet another area that we can study when considering the racial issue in Brazil are the experiences of Afro-Brazilians in occupations, positions and areas of … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 · 1 Comment

“Be on the lookout! Two negroes spotted walking on the beach!” – Facebook post by residents of Rio’s richest neighborhood again displays racist sentiments


Note from BW of Brazil: So here we go again! For readers who aren’t familiar with it, Rio de Janeiro has a lloonngg history of discriminating against the city’s poorer, … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

On the “Night of the Black Beauty”, Bahia’s historic black consciousness group selects “Ebony Goddess”: Check out the candidates and winner


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s about that time again! Every year, we can always tell when Carnaval season is right around the corner. One sign and when he hear … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Purchased by a slave master in São Carlos, ‘slave breeder’ had more than 200 children and lived for 130 years, says family; search for descendants continues


Note from BW of Brazil: The slavery era in the Americas has had and continues to have an incalculable influence on the descendants of enslaved Africans living in this region … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · 1 Comment