Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

In Brazil, we speak “Pretoguês” (black Portuguese): Lélia Gonzalez and Afro-Brazilian Portuguese as a political act of resistance


Note from BW of Brazil: As many of us have come to learn, language is yet another weapon that European colonizers have used over the centuries as a means to … Continue reading

February 15, 2017 · 4 Comments

Purchased by a slave master in São Carlos, ‘slave breeder’ had more than 200 children and lived for 130 years, says family; search for descendants continues


Note from BW of Brazil: The slavery era in the Americas has had and continues to have an incalculable influence on the descendants of enslaved Africans living in this region … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · 1 Comment

Throwback to slavery era? In the city of Vassouras, descendant of plantation owner dresses as ‘mistress’ and employees as slaves to greet & serve tourists


Note from BW of Brazil: So you wanna understand how race relations work in Brazil? Today’s article is a perfect example of how Brazil’s 350 year experiment with slavery and … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · 5 Comments

Employee denounces store manager who posted photo of her cleaning on a social network with caption referring to her as the slave in popular soap opera


Note from BW of Brazil: This story is so very typical of “we’re not racists” Brazil. If we didn’t already have enough stories demonstrating the racist nature of Brazilian society … Continue reading

July 23, 2016 · 4 Comments

After being humiliated for being “too dark” to be ‘queen of Carnaval’, actress Nayara Justino redeems her career in novela set in slavery era


Note from BW of Brazil: The story Nayara Justino speaks so much about the race/color factor in Brazil. In a land where people like to pretend that differences along lines … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · 4 Comments

The role of blacks on Brazilian television: The continuation of secondary roles, stereotypes and invisibility


Note from BW of Brazil: The time is far passed due. For decades, many writers, professors, activists, etc. have pointed out and denounced the image of black people in the … Continue reading

June 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

“You count on your fingers the black women who occupy a role in Brazilian cinema or have a prominent role in a production”, says actress Mariana Nunes


Note from BW of Brazil: It is becoming common knowledge that Brazil was the nation that received the majority of enslaved Africans  between the 16th and 19th centuries and becoming … Continue reading

June 9, 2016 · 4 Comments