Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Brazilian living in Canada calls acting couple’s black daughter a “monkey” with horrible hair; says she has also been a victim of racism


Note from BW of Brazil: When I first came across this story I thought it was just another case of a white Brazilian expressing yet another racist thought. But after … Continue reading

December 4, 2017 · 4 Comments

Actress Taís Araújo target of prejudiced attacks after TEDTalk speech on racism


Note from BW of Brazil: What can be said about this story except that it’s not surprising. I mean, covering incidents of racism has been one of the principal topics … Continue reading

December 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

“Is that people hair?”, “You have bad hair because you want it!: In photo campaign, black university students denounce racist comments about their hair


Note from BW of Brazil: If you haven’t figured it out by now, let me let you in on a not so secret secret: Brazil doesn’t like natural, kinky/curly black … Continue reading

December 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

“In a class of 40 new flight attendants, all were white”: Kenia Aquino details how she became a stewardess in yet another area in which black Brazilians are rare


Note from BW of Brazil: So much controversy! The happenings in Brazil in terms of race keep this writer/translator steadily busy trying to keep up with the absurdities of a … Continue reading

December 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Novela shows the racism practiced by whites and among blacks: Interracial romance of ‘O Outro Lado do Paraíso’ discusses different practices of discrimination


Note from BW of Brazil: Such a simplistic analysis of what’s going on in this novela. But, in reality, I don’t expect much when the topic is Globo TV novelas, … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · 1 Comment

Hard out here! Unemployed black female lawyer pursuing two post-grad degrees sent out 67 resumes in 2017; one employer offered her just US$308 per month


Note from BW of Brazil: The economic crisis that has been strangling Brazil for the past few years has been challenging for the entire population, but when you add race … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · 4 Comments

Famed writer Carolina Maria de Jesus was a dark-skinned black woman with wooly hair; should a fair-skinned woman with straight hair portray her in a play?


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, one can always count on Brazil to provide some sort of controversy when the issue is race, and today’s controversy provides yet another log to … Continue reading

November 29, 2017 · 4 Comments