Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“Black Skin, White Masks”: Based on Fanon classic, dance company presents spectacular of black dance based on studies of ethno-racial relations in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil:  Any person who has had any sort of interest in the situation of African descendants living under the domination of Europeans and their descendants has … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Why do Afro-Brazilians identify so much with the series ‘Dear White People’? Perhaps because they are dealing with the very same issues presented in the film!


Note from BW of Brazil: When I first got into studying racial politics in Brazil, I constantly read that Brazil was ‘different’. Race relations in Brazil are completely different than … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · 5 Comments

Must black elites “sell out” to maintain status? Black women put Minister of Human Rights on blast after she denominates President “godfather of black women”


Note from BW of Brazil: Why does this seem to be such a common story? Black person struggles, achieves success and reaches the pinnacle of their career but as soon … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

For a Carnaval without blackface or cultural appropriation: Blackness is not a prop


Note from BW of Brazil: As the month of February comes to a close, the yearly revelry that is Brazil’s highly celebrated Carnaval season (that came a little early this … Continue reading

February 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

‘Myth of racial democracy is part of the education of the Brazilian,” says Congolese anthropologist living in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: The understanding of racism, the myth of racial democracy and how everyday Brazilians deny its existence or being racists themselves is complex, simple and intriguing … Continue reading

February 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

In 80% black Salvador, Bahia, African-American neuroscientist Carl Hart says “blacks seem to be in the hands of white people”


Note from BW of Brazil: A few days ago here on the blog, we featured a story that detailed the experiences of non-Brazilian blacks visiting or living in Brazil. The … Continue reading

September 13, 2015 · 8 Comments

Singer Teló’s usage of ‘blackface’ is the result of our ignorance of racism


Note from BW of Brazil: Brazil’s apparent obsession with blackface. We’ve touched on the topic in various posts over the past few years. But since our first discussion on the … Continue reading

July 15, 2015 · Leave a comment