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In documentary ‘Mulheres Negras: Projeto de Mundo (Black Women: World Projects), 9 black women share survival experiences framed in race, gender & class

Black Women of Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: Black women doing for themselves, telling their stories and bringing color and consciousness to the narrative. We’ve sad it time and time again here on the blog, if they were to wait on Brazil’s mainstream media to tell their story, they’ll either continue waiting or continue accepting the image of black women as available bodies only useful for work or sexual gratification.  Realistically, if Brazil’s media were interested in telling the stories of this parcel of the population, they wouldn’t represent only 4% of protagonists in films, seeing a black woman as a talk show host wouldn’t be difficult to find and they wouldn’t represent only 1% of the leading roles in television commercials

Fortunately, just since the appearance of this blog we’ve seen major strides in Afro-Brazilian women taking the lead in their productions which have lead to exposure at the…

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She matches my blackness

​“We met in college.  He walked me home from school every day for five years.  We would talk about everything: how many kids we wanted, how we wanted to raise them, our roles in the home, where we wanted to live, and even where we wanted to go on vacation.  So there really haven’t been many surprises.  A lot of couples only seem to talk about important things if they’re forced to make big decisions.  And there can be this moment of: ‘I didn’t really know you.’  And there’s pressure to make a decision.  And that’s when the biggest arguments seem to happen.  We’ve luckily managed to avoid that because it’s all been discussed before.  We’ve been married for fifteen years but we still walk home together from work every night.  We’re actually doing that right now.”

Via Humans in New York and black 365

New site aimed at Afro-Ethnic Tourism launched in Bahia, “An African nation in Brazil”

Black Women of Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil:Salvador, Bahia, located in Brazil’s northeast, is the capital of the state of Bahia and was the first capital city of Brazil until the year 1763. The city is one of great mysticism due to its history and image. In the 16th century, this coastal city became a principal port of entry for millions of African slaves brought to Brazil, the country that received the most Africans of all countries in the New World. By some estimates, Brazil received about 38% of all Africans shipped to the Americas, with  all Caribbean islands combined receiving 47% and the United States about 4.5%.

Aerial view of Salvador, Bahia, with an overview of Praia do Porto da Barra Aerial view of Salvador, Bahia, with an overview of Praia do Porto da Barra

Today, the results of that intense traffic of Africans can be witnessed in countless ways in this city that has become a major destination of tourists over the years

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Oya: The orisha of change

In IFA: Yoruba Scientific Spirituality, the orisha of change is Oya.  She is symbolized by the storms which destroy to rebuild.  It is fitting that she is also the orisha of economics since it is economics that is the source of change. This is why Oya turns a deaf ear to repetitive theatrical cries about Black lives matter if it is not immediately followed by Black on Black business matters.  Oya teaches us that the storms of change—the force that will destroy to rebuild–begins with economic changes. 

Many Blacks don’t want to deal with this because they are addicted to products created by their master.  They don’t want to stop being his prostitute but don’t want him to pimp slap them.  If you don’t want to be pimp slapped, you will not get the pimp to stop by appealing to his conscience that your life matters.  It is not in the nature–or even good business sense–for a pimp to respect his whore.  He must dehumanize her for her to be of good use.  The only way to get a pimp to stop beating you is not by asking him for mercy, but for you to stop being his whore/cash-cow. 

Oya teaches that you can change the game by buying from your own people and building business with your own people.  You can’t expect to dethrone a tyrant if your spending pattern is what is funding his tyranny. Black lives will never matter until Black-on-Black business matters to Black people


Via Yoruba Scientific Spirituality,