Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Singer Luedji Luna earns three nominations at the Caymmi Music Awards recognizing the best of Bahian musicians


Note from BW of Brazil: I learned many years ago that some of the best artists in music are those whose names are not plastered on the covers of every … Continue reading

July 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Mãe Beata de Iemanjá, religious leader known for her struggle against racial prejudice, dies at 86 


Note from BW of Brazil: Bahia, Rio and Brazil’s Afro-Brazilian religious community is in mourning over the passing of a great woman, leader, warrior, and inspiration, Mãe Beata. Here is how … Continue reading

June 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

“The black consumer wants something with which to identify herself” – An African-styled wedding? Sisters of Matamba Institute offer services with Afro theme


Note from BW of Brazil: We’ve been seeing some very exciting developments in  recent years  focused on black identity, African ancestry and concepts of community. We’ve seen the rise of … Continue reading

April 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil’s center of black culture, gets it first multi-brand Afro-Brazilian fashion store


Note from BW of Brazil: The so-called Afro-Brazilian entrepreneurialism has seen an enormous surge in recent years with a number of initiatives targeting the specific market tastes of the black … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · 3 Comments

Fashion and Racism: Bahian designer Carol Barreto on working in the fashion industry in the context of race relations in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: Carol Barreto has been building a name for herself for some time in the fashion industry. The native of Santo Amaro, Bahia, has been able … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

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 · 2 Comments