Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

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

‘Soul of Brasil’: television series approaches transformations in the country from the perspective of black people


Note from BW of Brazil:It goes without saying that I’m very excited about this new project! We’ve seen over and over in Brazil’s media that the narrative is almost always … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

“It’s no use equating the experience of being a black woman in Brazil and being white”: From genocide, to feminism & racism, filmmaker Viviane Ferreira discusses the black Brazilian experience


Note from BW of Brazil: For five years now, this blog has presented material that breaks down the differences between being white in Brazil and being black. Although millions around … Continue reading

December 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Meet Ana Flávia: From Salvador, Bahia, she recently made history after becoming the first black woman to win the Ford Models contest


Note from BW of Brazil: Well anyone who heard about this story recently just knew that she would make headlines here at BW of Brazil! I mean, her whole story … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 · 3 Comments