Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

In its 9th edition, Festival de Arte Negra, Black Arts Festival, brings together artistic and cultural actions to highlight the empowerment of black women


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, here’s another good reason for me to visit one of my favorite cities in Brazil, Belo Horizonte. Over the past few decades, we’ve seen … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

“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 · 1 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