Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

‘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

Welcome to Rio2016 Olympics! Afro-Brazilians and favela culture conquer the world with a dazzling display at the Opening Ceremony!


Note from BW of Brazil: Well unless you were sleeping, unconscious or simply not interested, you know that the long anticipated 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro started off with … Continue reading

August 7, 2016 · 9 Comments