Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

How racism works in Brazil: Caption of photo showing black and white women futebol fans reads: “There are still people who think that teams are all equal”


Note BW of Brazil: Ya see, THIS is how Brazilian styled racism works on a day to day basis. I’ve written time and time again that racism sometimes takes on … Continue reading

September 20, 2017 · Leave a comment

As the dispute over land rights heats up, eight quilombola (maroon society) inhabitants have recently been murdered in the state of Bahia


Note from BW of Brazil: The situation involving quilombo territories something we should be paying close attention to. In case you’re not familiar with quilombos and quilombos and their importance in … Continue reading

August 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

31 people were murdered last weekend in Salvador, Bahia; in first 100 days of 2017, 649 murders registered in city known as “Black Rome” and its metro region


Note from BW of Brazil: What’s goin’ on in Salvador, Bahia? The northeastern Brazil city is known as “Black Rome”, Brazil’s “mecca” of black culture and its enormous population of … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

“We black men and women are in the line of fire”: Sociologist and ombudswoman Vilma Reis fights for the collective empowerment of the black population


Note from BW of Brazil: If you’re not already aware, Afro-Brazilians are in a state of emergency. I know there are those who will read such a statement and immediately … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

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