Black Women of Brazil

The site dedicated to Brazilian women of African descent

Tag Archives: Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

“The Brazilian State is mainly responsible for the crimes committed against blacks in the country” – National Commission of Truth on Black Slavery to issue report in December on reparations findings


Note from BW of Brazil: Here in the 21st century, the damages caused by nearly four hundred years of black slavery in Brazil continues to have enormous influence on contemporary … Continue reading

April 22, 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

“It was not the white who enslaved the black, it was the black who enslaved the black”: Funk singer Mr. Catra’s recent comments re-ignite debate on slavery


Note from BW of Brazil: Before I get into today’s story I must first reveal to readers that this story first made headlines about two weeks ago and has since … Continue reading

March 24, 2017 · 4 Comments

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 · 2 Comments

African heritage is a target of indifference in Brazil: Cais do Valongo was the largest slave port in Brazil but revitalization project lacks investment


Note from BW of Brazil: If one wants to know how Africa is seen in a country like Brazil there are numerous hints to analyze. We can look at how … Continue reading

March 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Documentary project ‘Brasil: DNA África’ helps 150 Afro-Brazilians trace their ancestral roots


Note from BW of Brazil: For decades, Brazil has developed its reputation as one of the most racially diverse countries in the world. After centuries of mixing between descendants of … Continue reading

September 12, 2015 · 2 Comments