Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Even Al Jazeera wants to know: Why is Brazilian television so white?


Note from BW of Brazil: I happened to see this video after checking out a few conversations people were having on the BW of Brazil Twitter page. The Al Jazeera … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · Leave a 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

From poverty and going through stints of hunger, chemist Joana D’Arc de Souza did post-doctorate studies at Harvard and has 15 patents registered


Note from BW of Brazil: And one more “hidden figure”! Back in March, I posted a story influenced by the popular American film that asked, “Where are Brazil’s ‘Hidden Figures’?” … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Singer Ludmilla is among a list of Brazilians nominated for the Latino Grammy Awards


Note from BW of Brazil: Love her or hate her, you gotta admit, singer Ludmilla don’ come a LLOONNGG way baby! I still clearly remember several years ago hearing her … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Miss Brasil 2017 and the Brazilian’s difficulty in accepting the beauty that represents it


Note from BW of Brazil: Well actually, we’ve known this for quite some time. I mean, if you haven’t figured out that Brazil doesn’t accept blackness as a representation of … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

She’s not a “morena”, no! Why you shouldn’t be afraid of calling a black person black


Note from BW of Brazil: I know many of you may have read the title of today’s post and thought, “Why is that necessary to even say? Why wouldn’t you … Continue reading

September 15, 2017 · 3 Comments

Students at the University of Brasília form the Quilombook club and dedicate themselves to debates on books written by black authors


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s no secret that the presence of Afro-Brazilians has been minuscule in numerous areas of Brazilian society. If every area of invisibility of black Brazilians … Continue reading

September 13, 2017 · 2 Comments