Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Brazil’s Supreme Court declares quilombo land decree constitutional; historic regions are lands established by fugitive slaves


Note from BW of Brazil: Great news here! I must admit, when I started hearing activists chattering about a push for a land grab, disgustingly disrespectful comments by certain conservative … Continue reading

February 11, 2018 · 1 Comment

Bloco Ilê Aiyê: 44 years of the “Re-Africanization” of Brazilian carnival and combating structural racism through art, culture and education


Note from BW of Brazil: “Another great moment of identification happened in a Carnival in the company of his father. Even shy, he had tears in his eyes as the … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · 1 Comment

What the racial map of Brazil reveals about segregation; African-American woman shares her experience living in an upper crust neighborhood of São Paulo


Note from BW of Brazil: Quick. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word segregation? Do you think of Apartheid-era South Africa? Do you think of gentrification? The … Continue reading

February 8, 2018 · 3 Comments

The price of being black & successful: Book by actor Lázaro Ramos presents a microcosm of obstacles Brazil constructs in the paths of its black citizens


Note from BW of Brazil: The talented actor Lázaro Ramos has appeared on the pages of this blog numerous times, particularly over the past few years. And little wonder why. … Continue reading

February 6, 2018 · 1 Comment

“You look at his face and don’t know if you hand over your phone or take off your panties”: White women rappers provoke cries of racist stereotypes with recent comments about Hip Hop group


Note from BW of Brazil: You know, if you didn’t know anything about Brazil, you might be surprised that these sort of controversies even happen. I won’t even write too much about today’s post … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · 1 Comment

(Only) slavery (doesn’t) explain the current situation of black Brazilians


Note from BW of Brazil: You would think that the title of today’s article would be totally obvious to anyone who reads it, but it doesn’t quite work like that. … Continue reading

February 3, 2018 · 8 Comments

Ph.D student wins international award for her study on the struggle of black rights groups for the implementation of quotas in Brazil’s universities


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s funny but there are still, probably millions of people who don’t believe that the country’s African descendants deserve the opportunity to go to college … Continue reading

February 1, 2018 · 1 Comment