Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Fans of popular Bahian singer Léo Santana criticize absence of black women in Carnaval promo video


Note from BW of Brazil: OK, so the Carnaval season in Brazil officially ended a little over a week ago, but there were enough stories and controversies that took place … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 9 Comments

“I love being black!” – Popular white singer Daniela Mercury heavily criticized for honoring legendary Afro-Brazilian singer in blackface and afro wig


Note from BW of Brazil: Does anyone dare call it a conspiracy? In the past three years or so there has been an enormous increase in Brazilians who see fit … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · 1 Comment

Bloco afro Olodum celebrates 30 years of debut album ‘Egito Madagascar’ with the Carnaval theme ‘The Sun – Akhenaton: The Paths of Light’ in homage to the Pharoahs of Ancient Egypt


Note from BW of Brazil: I must say, there were quite a few memorable moments in this Carnaval, all over Brazil! It’s time like these that a full-time staff is … Continue reading

March 1, 2017 · 1 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

“Bonecas Pretas” (black dolls) video by Bahian singer Larissa Luz gives voice to the rising demand for black representation in the toy market


  Note from BW of Brazil: The struggle continues…and voices demanding change, equality and representation also continue to grow! The fact that I have documented for the past five years … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

“Doctor, are you Cuban?”: Woman is first black doctor in a town in Bahia and people assume that she must not be Brazilian


Note from BW of Brazil: In a society like that of Brazil that has purposely created barriers to leave its black population behind those who are white (or something close … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

Singer Xênia França is a force of nature: With the voice, a groove and a warrior spirit, meet the goddess whose star is rising on São Paulo’s black music scene


Note from Black Women of Brazil: Music is another of my all-time passions. Since I was a kid my taste in music has evolved quite a bit. In my household … Continue reading

January 23, 2017 · 1 Comment