Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“What racism has already caused in my life”: A personal reflection on living in Brazil as a black girl/woman


Note from BW of Brazil: The topic is regularly discussed on this blog. And that’s simply because it exists and there are still people who deny it, minimize it or … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

“Negra sou” (a black woman I am)!: Thesis explores affirmative action policies and development of identity of black women in a federal university


Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so the topic is not new. As I’ve discussed in numerous previous posts, the exact figure of Brazil’s black population can be a tricky … Continue reading

March 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

A mirror of false reflection that doesn’t fit our image, the word is not amor (love), it’s dengo


Note from BW of Brazil: As we continue to try to re-construct our realities as African peoples stolen from our lands, we must deal with the multiplicity of methods that the … Continue reading

March 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Article by Veja, Brazil’s top news magazine, featuring actor couple Taís Araújo & Lázaro Ramos, irritates readers; citizens still can’t deal with race isssue


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s really interesting how one can gauge the climate of a particular country by just reading one article, the way the media outlet framed it, … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

“A little nigger girl? Not here!” Scholarship student target of racist comment at event of FGV, one of Brazil’s top-ranking universities


Note from BW of Brazil: So once again, Brazil demonstrates its racist, exclusionary tendencies. As I’ve been following these incidents for time, it appears that tension over Afro-Brazilian students frequently … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Where are Brazil’s ‘Hidden Figures’? Although representing only 5.5% of the total, over 5,000 black Brazilian women conduct research in the exact sciences


Note from BW of Brazil: Let’s face it, when most people think of doctors, lawyers and scientists, the first image that usually pops in a person’s mind is a white … Continue reading

March 16, 2017 · 1 Comment

Woman ‘discovers’ her color at age 36: Viviane Duarte only questioned her own racial identity when asked her personal thoughts on difficulties black women face


Note from BW of Brazil: This story is so very typically Brazilian. It’s stories as this one that demonstrate why there are so many stories on this blog detailing the … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 3 Comments