Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“Black Skin, White Masks”: Based on Fanon classic, dance company presents spectacular of black dance based on studies of ethno-racial relations in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil:  Any person who has had any sort of interest in the situation of African descendants living under the domination of Europeans and their descendants has … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Culture silences racism: Black artists are gaining visibility and occupying spaces in institutions that previously ignored them


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, in reality, I would have to disagree with the title chosen for today’s post. Cultural practices and exhibits may be ways of responding to … Continue reading

January 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Culture resists: Still vastly under-represented in film and television, Afro-Brazilians are making their presence felt in theater, music, literature and art


Note from BW of Brazil: I have never tried to avoid the facts. Afro-Brazilians continue to be vastly under-represented in the Brazilian film and television industries. And when they do … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Afro-Brazilian theater groups Caixa-Preta, Pretagô and Montigente demand leading roles in telling their own stories; with more identification with characters, black audiences increasingly watching theater pieces


Note from BW of Brazil: It is a growing outlet for the expression of the Afro-Brazilian expression. In southern Brazil, black actors and actresses are showing that black audiences, traditionally … Continue reading

November 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

1970 classic American film ‘Love Story’ staged in Brazil as a musical with an all black cast


Note from BW of Brazil: I would really LOVE to see this play! As we’ve seen in numerous previous posts, theater is an area where it seems that black actors … Continue reading

September 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Melanina Acentuada spectacular brings together works of black Brazilian playwrights


Note from BW of Brazil: With so many independent black theater and film productions being released on You Tube one could say that black Brazilian entertainment is slowly carving out its … Continue reading

September 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

“Negressencia”: Spectacular considers the history of Rio Grande do Sul, one of Brazil’s whitest states, from the perspective of black women


Note from BW of Brazil: Wow! All I can say is that I wish I could be there! The photos and background to this spectacular look inspiring. As we’ve seen … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · 2 Comments