Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“Since you became a black militant, it’s very difficult to talk to you!”: How racial consciousness changes the way one sees the world


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s actually a very common story. There are possibly millions of black Brazilians who have long believed or still believe that Brazil has no racial … Continue reading

July 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

“I was fired for being black and having an afro”: Rio man details his ordeal after being harassed and dismissed due to his look


Note from BW of Brazil: If you haven’t realized it by now, Brazil’s standards of attractiveness and beauty are undeniably anti-black. Is there really any way to continue denying this? … Continue reading

July 15, 2017 · 1 Comment

What is it to be a black man in Brazil? Reaffirming the struggle beyond the dehumanizing stereotypes and subordinate masculinities


Note from BW of Brazil: One of the main questions that have been asked on this blog over the past several years is, “What is it to be a black … Continue reading

July 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Is Brazil the new blackface capital? White actor draws criticism after donning black makeup and “paying homage” to Godfather of Soul, James Brown


Note from BW of Brazil: I’ve said for some time now that I’m not really a believer in coincidences. Things happen when they happen because they are supposed to happen. … Continue reading

July 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

‘Bleach bath’, clothes pins on the nose and ‘black monkey’: Study exposes racism in interracial families debunking one of Brazil’s greatest myths


Note from BW of Brazil: “How can we be racist? Our families are so mixed.” This is a typical statement one will hear when having a conversation about how racism … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

“But isn’t Brazil a racial democracy?”: Famous interracial couples reveal how they deal with racism in their relationships


Note from BW of Brazil: Always intriguing to read articles such as the one posted below. In relation to interracial relations in Brazil, there are a number of issues that … Continue reading

June 27, 2017 · 2 Comments

For blacks, the end of the line: a panorama of racial inequality in the state capital of Rio Grande do Sul is evident in job opportunities, income and politics


Note from BW of Brazil: As has been documented time and time again, it is not only the numbers that prove the profound racial inequalities in Brazil, but also the … Continue reading

June 19, 2017 · 2 Comments