Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

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 · Leave a comment

Our everyday cultural appropriation: Singer Mallu Magalhães apologizes for video of song “Você Não Presta”; clip deemed racist due to its exploitative presentation of blacks


Note from BW of Brazil: Today’s post is a follow-up to a story first presented here last week involving a white singer and the representation of her black dancers in … Continue reading

June 2, 2017 · 3 Comments

In new video, singer Mallu Magalhães is accused of racism and white privilege after employing numerous stereotypes in the appearance of her black dancers


Note from BW of Brazil: Sometimes I wonder how it is that things that happen in one country seem to sometimes happen in other countries. For example, anyone who has … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

“Mãe Preta” (black mother) exhibit displays the importance of black women in the social formation of Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: It is a topic that is one of the primary focuses of this very blog. What is the experience, influence, and role of black women … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · 3 Comments

“My racist professor” hashtag exposes shocking recollections of racial discrimination experienced by black students in schools and universities


Note from BW of Brazil: In reality, there shouldn’t be anything shocking or even surprising about the existence of racism in Brazilian schools because it’s been so well-documented in past … Continue reading

April 12, 2017 · 1 Comment

“They don’t even serve for procreating”: In Jewish club, Congressman Jair Bolsonaro, the “Brazilian Trump”, infuriates Afro-Brazilians with comments on black quilombo communities


Note from BW of Brazil: As this blog is specifically focused on issues of race with a focus on the experiences of black Brazilian women, the subject of today’s post … Continue reading

April 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

Racial inequality in the education system: The modern day slavery that Brazil insists it doesn’t see


Note from BW of Brazil: Can we be real about this? Inequalities in access to quality education should be considered a crime. How can any government claim it seeks equality, … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 2 Comments