Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Photo of black college students wearing graduation gowns goes viral; image shows that even after nearly two decades of quotas, graduations remain mostly white


Note from BW of Brazil: Images such as these featured here today are reasons for why the issue of quotas and affirmative action policies have been so important over the past … Continue reading

April 21, 2018 · Leave a 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

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

Woman arrested for refusing to be served by black people in Salvador, Bahia café; manager decided to call the police


Note from BW of Brazil: Hmmm….I get the feeling that this sort of thing probably happens everywhere. Back in November, we reported a similar incident in the southeastern state of … Continue reading

January 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

Slam poetry taking off in the peripheries of Salvador, Bahia: In rhymes, social problems are brought to the public by youth in a creative and powerful way


Note from BW of Brazil: Most of us connected to aspects of black culture are familiar with the art form known as Slam Poetry. The art has been gaining steam … Continue reading

January 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

“FRENESI”: Video from Salvador, Bahia’s poetry scene brings love, sex and black bodies deciphered in verses – image of black men and women loving each other


Note from BW of Brazil: With a combo like poetry and amor preto (black love) you just KNOW it’s gotta be hot! This is a partner piece of our other … Continue reading

January 6, 2018 · 1 Comment

Where are our black superheroes? Inspired by Marvel Comics, Bahian artist turns myths of African Orixás (deities) into superheroes


Note from BW of Brazil: Just like any young boy, I spent a great amount of my time in the fantasy world of the superheroes. It was a regular part … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 2 Comments