Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

TV host fired after calling black singer a ‘monkey’ on the air; singer and TV network both issue statements


Note from BW of Brazil: Well, I have to admit, I am a bit surprised at how quick this situation was taken care of. In all honesty, I thought this … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 4 Comments

‘Soul of Brasil’: television series approaches transformations in the country from the perspective of black people


Note from BW of Brazil:It goes without saying that I’m very excited about this new project! We’ve seen over and over in Brazil’s media that the narrative is almost always … Continue reading

January 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Culture resists: Still vastly under-represented in film and television, Afro-Brazilians are making their presence felt in theater, music, literature and art


Note from BW of Brazil: I have never tried to avoid the facts. Afro-Brazilians continue to be vastly under-represented in the Brazilian film and television industries. And when they do … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

This month, veteran actress Léa Garcia celebrated 83 years of life and 63 of an artistic career


Note from BW of Brazil: May we always celebrate the lives of our elders! Unfortunate that March 11th passed by without our celebrating the birthday of one of Brazil’s most … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why no black Brazilian actor will ever boycott the nation’s top TV network Rede Globo


Note from BW of Brazil: The recent controversy over the lack of nominations of black actors and actresses for the Oscar Award ceremony has also been a popular topic within black … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · 15 Comments

Karine Alves, the only black female host on a cable TV sports station, proudly wears her natural hair; wants to be a role model, shares her experience with racism


Note from BW of Brazil: Journalism continues to be an area where Afro-Brazilians are vastly under-represented. Brazilian TV’s penchant for airing mostly journalists who physically fit the European standard has … Continue reading

October 12, 2015 · 1 Comment

Globo TV’s first black weather girl, journalist Maria Júlia Coutinho’s star continues to rise!


Note from BW of Brazil: Prominent black women journalists are still a rarity in Brazil’s whitewashed media. But the black women who have managed to break through a nearly impenetrable color … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment