Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Black women collaborate in photographic essay exalting African royalty: Three São Paulo natives represent Queens Nzinga, Makeda and Yaa Asantewaa


Note from BW of Brazil: Representation, representation, and more representation! A keyword that cannot be stressed enough on this blog. What does one do when depictions of beauty in a mainstream media … Continue reading

August 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

“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

“OUR STORIES ARE OUR STORIES”: Being black is more than being a queen it’s being a warrior – In video, 8 black women discuss being a mulher negra in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: It is the very theme of this blog and can never be discussed too much. What are the challenges and what does it mean to … Continue reading

July 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gabrielly Louise is one of the 5 most beautiful women in the state of Ceará; but even in the region of the country with darker skin, white skin remains the preference


Note from BW of Brazil: Ya know, realistically, I think Afro-Brazilian women should simply stop competing in Brazil’s beauty contests. I mean, year after year it’s always the same thing. … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · 4 Comments

July 25th: Event marks the International Day of Latin American and Caribbean Black Women in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul


Note from BW of Brazil: Hard to believe, but it’s July 25th once again, and as always, we commemorate the International Day of Latin American and Caribbean Black Women. Some may … Continue reading

July 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

For the Day of the Black Woman of Latin America and the Caribbean, poet Débora Garcia to release video “Pretas Panteras” (Black Panthers)” in honor of black leaders such as Angela Davis and Tereza de Benguela


Note from BW of Brazil: Poet Débora Garcia’s timing is right on point! The poet recently recorded a video for her song “Panteras Pretas”, meaning ‘black panthers’, or more specifically, black … Continue reading

July 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Asked in the street if she does “cleaning work,” black historian Luana Tolentino replied, “No, I’m working on my masters. I’m a professor”


Note from BW of Brazil: A native of the state of Minas Gerais, Luana Tolentino has been featured in a few previous posts on this blog. She appears today and touches … Continue reading

July 24, 2017 · Leave a comment