Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Even Al Jazeera wants to know: Why is Brazilian television so white?


Note from BW of Brazil: I happened to see this video after checking out a few conversations people were having on the BW of Brazil Twitter page. The Al Jazeera … Continue reading

October 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

From poverty and going through stints of hunger, chemist Joana D’Arc de Souza did post-doctorate studies at Harvard and has 15 patents registered


Note from BW of Brazil: And one more “hidden figure”! Back in March, I posted a story influenced by the popular American film that asked, “Where are Brazil’s ‘Hidden Figures’?” … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

Miss Brasil 2017 and the Brazilian’s difficulty in accepting the beauty that represents it


Note from BW of Brazil: Well actually, we’ve known this for quite some time. I mean, if you haven’t figured out that Brazil doesn’t accept blackness as a representation of … Continue reading

September 28, 2017 · 1 Comment

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 · 1 Comment

An ex-cleaning lady, from the state of Minas Gerais, Maria Aparecida de Oliveira shines as a model at São Paulo Fashion Week: “A dream”


Note from BW of Brazil: São Paulo Fashion Week is Brazil’s biggest fashion event rivaling top stages in New York, Paris, London, and Milan. But it has been long known that … Continue reading

September 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Mixed/brown girls, mulatas, beige, exotic? No. They are black! Women tell how they discovered being black and the difference it makes in practice


Note from BW of Brazil: It may seem strange for anyone of African descent who doesn’t live in a Latin American country, but knowing or accepting a black identity isn’t … Continue reading

August 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

In racist rant caught on audio, woman expresses disgust that a black woman is her daughter’s teacher


Note from BW of Brazil: Hmmm, so how should I interpret this in the context of the idea that “we are all equal”, as so many Brazilians like to say? … Continue reading

August 26, 2017 · 3 Comments