Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“Out of place”?: On being a black woman in predominantly white spaces: invisibility and racism in 80% black Salvador, Bahia


“We know of the discomfort of situations in which we blacks are noticed, admonished, in a mixture of curiosity and amazement on the part of observers who are surprised by … Continue reading

January 22, 2018 · 1 Comment

Reflections of a whitened blackness: The difficulties of defining oneself when seen as being ‘too white to be black’ but ‘too black to be white’


Note from BW of Brazil: The text presented below perfectly demonstrate the sometimes difficult task of racial classification in Brazil. It is a topic that I’ve dealt with since the … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

“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

“I hope that the lives of other blacks can change by watching our characters”: Even being on TV, actors speak about the prejudice they’ve experienced


Note from BW of Brazil: Over the past decade I can say that there have a few positive changes of note in representations of black characters on Brazilian television networks, … Continue reading

December 22, 2017 · Leave a comment

Can we finally put this fallacious phrase to rest? These seven women explain why it is racist to say that “we are all equal” in a society that is so unequal in terms of race


Note from BW of Brazil: It is a phrase that this writer has rallied against for some time now. The utterance of this phrase in response, usually to yet another … Continue reading

December 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

Novela shows the racism practiced by whites and among blacks: Interracial romance of ‘O Outro Lado do Paraíso’ discusses different practices of discrimination


Note from BW of Brazil: Such a simplistic analysis of what’s going on in this novela. But, in reality, I don’t expect much when the topic is Globo TV novelas, … Continue reading

November 30, 2017 · 3 Comments

“The racism nowadays still shocks me!” On the Day of Black Consciousness, BBC’s “Singer of the Millenium”, 80-year old Elza Soares releases new video for “The Cheapest Meat on the Market is the Black Meat”


Note from BW of Brazil: Maybe you’ve never heard of singer Elza Soares. If you live outside of Brazil and never listened to the music of other countries, it is very … Continue reading

November 21, 2017 · 3 Comments