Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

“Slaves for sale”, “filthy blacks” and “go back to Africa”: Family in city of Ribeirão das Neves has their wall painted with racist graffiti


Note from BW of Brazil: For many years I have wondered how it is that Brazil managed to skate under the racism radar when it has long been proven to … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

“I have the greatest pride in the color of my skin, my features and my history”: Where we come from: the history of Afro-descendants in Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: It’s an experience many of us have had. That moment when you start to think, where did I come from? Although growing up n Detroit and seeing … Continue reading

January 13, 2018 · 1 Comment

Why dressing up as the big d*ck “negão” is racist; New Year’s Eve party causes firing of Brazilian worker, director and president in multinational company


Note from BW of Brazil: Here we go again. You know, I still vividly remember when I discovered the then new phone app that was just starting to blow up … Continue reading

January 9, 2018 · 2 Comments

Minister of Human Rights at center of controversy after saying her monthly R$33,000 salary is equal to ‘slave work’: “How will I eat, drink and put on shoes?”


Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes I really have to wonder what goes on in the minds of black elites. I mean, some of the things they say and do make … Continue reading

November 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

Cooking, Candomblé and ancestry: Researcher & cultural producer learned that in religion of African origin, cooks are guardians of knowledge


Note from BW of Brazil: In highlighting the contributions of Africans in Brazil, numerous articles have touched upon the importance of music, dance, martial arts, religion and quilombos among topics. … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · Leave a comment

77-year old black woman brings down the house at book festival with an emotional speech on racism; words lead top black actor and many others to tears


Note from BW of Brazil: So last Saturday, I received this video in one of my social networks. As I was busy and receive so many messages and videos, I … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

17 black Brazilian women who fought against the institution of slavery that you won’t find in history textbooks


Note from BW of Brazil: Here at the Black Women of Brazil blog, we feature many stories, past and present that focus on the struggle of black Brazilians, specifically black … Continue reading

July 18, 2017 · 3 Comments