Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

In its 9th edition, Festival de Arte Negra, Black Arts Festival, brings together artistic and cultural actions to highlight the empowerment of black women


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, here’s another good reason for me to visit one of my favorite cities in Brazil, Belo Horizonte. Over the past few decades, we’ve seen … Continue reading

October 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

‘Soul of Brasil’: television series approaches transformations in the country from the perspective of black people


Note from BW of Brazil:It goes without saying that I’m very excited about this new project! We’ve seen over and over in Brazil’s media that the narrative is almost always … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Consciousness in knowledge: Fighting racial stereotypes, increasing self-esteem & black presence on college campuses are challenges being met in Brasília


Note from BW of Brazil: So once again, we’ve reached the end of another year! 2016 saw the fifth anniversary of the Black Women of Brazil blog and I’m excited … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

Culture resists: Still vastly under-represented in film and television, Afro-Brazilians are making their presence felt in theater, music, literature and art


Note from BW of Brazil: I have never tried to avoid the facts. Afro-Brazilians continue to be vastly under-represented in the Brazilian film and television industries. And when they do … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Nós temos um sonho (we have a dream): song and video brings together all-star group of black artists from Belo Horizonte in song against the genocide of black youth


Note from BW of Brazil: Song has a long history of providing the inspiration and soundtrack for great social movements. Emotionally-charged musical arrangements combined with thought-provoking lyrics often provide the … Continue reading

December 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

Twin daughters of Nigerian father and Brazilian mother, Tasha & Tracie Okereke represent ‘poor black girls from the ‘hood’; with new fashion movement, they show how to have swag on the cheap


Note from BW of Brazil: There is a common belief that says that people get extremely creative when they lack financial resources. Sometimes this creativity leads to illegal activities and … Continue reading

November 17, 2016 · 3 Comments

Why do the vast majority of funk music videos by male singers overwhelmingly feature white and light-skinned mestiça women in lead and background roles?


Note from BW of Brazil: The origins of today’s post actually go back several months. The first incident that made me think of covering this topic was a spirited debate … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · 7 Comments