Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

The Bahia artist Thiago Borba portrays black beauty and seeks to deconstruct racism in his photographic project ‘Black is Beautiful’


Note from BW of Brazil: Stunning! Absolutely stunning! Since the beginning of this blog, one of the principal motives was to present opinions and experiences of the racial issue n … Continue reading

February 16, 2018 · Leave a comment

Ph.D student wins international award for her study on the struggle of black rights groups for the implementation of quotas in Brazil’s universities


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s funny but there are still, probably millions of people who don’t believe that the country’s African descendants deserve the opportunity to go to college … Continue reading

February 1, 2018 · 1 Comment

How loving a black woman helped me to discover more about my experience as a black man and the difficulties of being black in Brazil


  Note from BW of Brazil: I really dug this piece. The reason being is that, even with so many people of African descent coming to understand themselves as black … Continue reading

January 28, 2018 · 4 Comments

“Our bodies are not available” – Carnaval dancers create the Samba Black Woman project; lectures address racism, sexism and women in the world of samba


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s a very timely discussion. In both Brazil and the United States these days, the question of sexual harassment and assault is front page news. … Continue reading

January 17, 2018 · 1 Comment

Black woman with degree in fashion seeks job vacancies and denounces prejudice of public servant in Joinville: ‘We don’t have anything for cleaning services’


Note from BW of Brazil: What’s the moral of today’s story? It’s very simple. In Brazil, regardless of what educational background a black woman has she will always be seen … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · 2 Comments

Slam poetry taking off in the peripheries of Salvador, Bahia: In rhymes, social problems are brought to the public by youth in a creative and powerful way


Note from BW of Brazil: Most of us connected to aspects of black culture are familiar with the art form known as Slam Poetry. The art has been gaining steam … Continue reading

January 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

Why does Anitta’s “Vai Malandra” bother black people so much? Singer’s new video once again stirs up questions of racial identity and cultural appropriation


Note from BW of Brazil: So to tell you the truth, the idea of writing something about singer Anitta’s new video hadn’t even occurred to me until probably Wednesday or … Continue reading

December 24, 2017 · 1 Comment