Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“We are going to exploit short clothes and they will have to accept it”: Renata Prado wants to unite women in the fight for respect of female bodies in funk dances


Note from BW of Brazil: The culture of the funk has been around for decades, percolating and heating up the slums of various favelas of the peripheries of major cities … Continue reading

May 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

Umunna Network organizes to encourage participation of black women in politics; in 2016 elections, they represented only 5% of the elected city councilors


Note from BW of Brazil: The issue of having a political presence, voice and representation is a question that has long plagued the black Brazilian community. How would it be … Continue reading

May 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

A black woman super-hero? Bahian producer creates heroine ‘Punho Negro’ (Black Fist) webseries to deal with prejudice


Note from BW of Brazil: Alright, alright, so I’ve been meaning to feature this piece for some time now. I’ve been reading reviews about this YouTube series for several weeks … Continue reading

May 6, 2018 · Leave a comment

“Black women have a history and a voice”: Brazilian documentary brings together stories of black women; check out an interview with the director Day Rodrigues


Note from BW of Brazil: Documentaries such as this one are the very reason that spawned the idea of launching the Black Women of Brazil blog. Black Brazilian women in … Continue reading

May 3, 2018 · 1 Comment

The art in the blood of Júlia Dias: Daughter of multi-artist Maurício Tizumba, actress prepares for ‘Elza: O Musical’ about one of Brazil’s most important singers


Note from BW of Brazil: Before I ever knew who Júlia Dias was, I knew who her father was. I remember being in Belo Horizonte (BH), which is the capital city … Continue reading

April 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

Journalist Joyce Ribeiro becomes the first black woman to host a daily news journal solo in prime time


Note from BW of Brazil: There was no way this successful black woman would remain out of the spotlight for very long! The last time we presented journalist Joyce Ribeiro, … Continue reading

April 3, 2018 · 5 Comments

The Black Man is NOT my enemy: why feminism does not contemplate and not even meet the demands of mulheres negras (black women)


Note from BW of Brazil: There has been a rising ideology among the black Brazilian women within activist circles in recent years….African Womanism. As more and more black women are … Continue reading

March 28, 2018 · 3 Comments