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

“A little nigger girl? Not here!” Scholarship student target of racist comment at event of FGV, one of Brazil’s top-ranking universities


Note from BW of Brazil: So once again, Brazil demonstrates its racist, exclusionary tendencies. As I’ve been following these incidents for time, it appears that tension over Afro-Brazilian students frequently … Continue reading

March 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Woman ‘discovers’ her color at age 36: Viviane Duarte only questioned her own racial identity when asked her personal thoughts on difficulties black women face


Note from BW of Brazil: This story is so very typically Brazilian. It’s stories as this one that demonstrate why there are so many stories on this blog detailing the … Continue reading

March 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

2.5 million black and brown women are ‘missing’ in census report: Report demonstrates the difficulty women of color have in defining themselves as black


Note from BW of Brazil: Well in reality, the information presented in today’s piece should come as absolutely no surprise. When I first created this blog back in 2011, one … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

300 women from the ‘Negras Empoderadas’ (Empowered Black Women) network come together in a São Paulo movie theater to watch ‘Hidden Figures’


Note from BW of Brazil: They did it!! I first brought you the organizing of this event a few weeks back. A growing network of professional black Brazilian women connecting … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

“Bonecas Pretas” (black dolls) video by Bahian singer Larissa Luz gives voice to the rising demand for black representation in the toy market


  Note from BW of Brazil: The struggle continues…and voices demanding change, equality and representation also continue to grow! The fact that I have documented for the past five years … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

Network of empowered Afro-Brazilian women organize to attend a showing of the film ‘Hidden Figures’; group already has membership of more 4,600 black women


Note from BW of Brazil: One has to really appreciate the power of seeing a group of prominent black women coming together. Negras Empoderadas (Empowered Black Women) has been a common … Continue reading

February 3, 2017 · Leave a comment