African religious Voodoo (Vodoun) devotees sing and pray by pouring libation to their ancestors and Mawu (God) at a ceremony at the Thron voodoo temple, Ouidah, Benin. In the Republic of Benin in West Africa ancestral and ancient voodoo practice is their national religion. Most Christians and Muslims combines their religion with voodoo worship. There is a national holiday for voodoo religion in Benin which brings all voodoo practitioners from the world to celebrate at Ouidah, the birthplace of voodoo in the world

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Ancient China was black


Shang Dynasty of Ancient China

In a genetic study published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Science Genetic,” researchers found evidence showing the first African arrived in China about 60,000 years ago. Researcher and population geneticist Li Jin states, “Our work shows that modern humans first came to southeast Asia and then moved later to northern China. This supports the idea that modern humans originated in Africa.”

A 2009 published essay from the “Light Words from the Dark Continent; A Collection of Essays,” by Nibs Ra and Manu Amun, offers insight to early Chinese civilizations. It states that the first documented governance in China was headed by the Shang or Chiang dynasty in 1500-1000 B.C. King T’ang or Ta, founder of the Shang dynasty, was of African descent. The Shang were also called Nakhi, which literally means “Black” (Na) and “Man” (khi). King T’ang and the Shang dynasty were responsible for unifying China to form their first civilization.


Natural beauty


Name: Herieth Paul

Country: Tanzania

Her Impact: Herieth Paul has burned runways across the globe for major fashion brands including Diane von Fürstenberg, Lacoste, Tom Ford, Calvin Klein, Armani and Cavalli.

Since landing a modeling contract with a major New York City agency in 2010, Herieth has appeared in editorials for Vogue Italia magazine, i-D , Wonderland and Teen Vogue. She has made the covers of Vogue Italia and Canadian Elle. She has also has appeared in beauty campaigns for cKone and Tom Ford.

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Successful model Samira Carvalho speaks on the “ethnic” label and being black in the modeling industry

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Note from BW of Brazil: Let’s be clear about something. Brazil doesn’t have a shortage of black models. And, according to the comments this blog receives, the country is also not lacking beautiful black women. What is lacking though is equal opportunity for black models. If you haven’t heard, Brazil’s major fashion events have a routine habit of presenting Brazilian women to the world as if the country were somewhere in Europe. This despite the fact that the census shows that 51% of Brazilians define themselves as non-white. Samira Carvalho is a one of the few black Brazilian models (along with Emanuela de Paula and Laís Ribeiro) who has managed to find success in the fashion world. But don’t mistake it; this doesn’t mean she isn’t aware of how black women are perceived and treated in society, particularly in the fashion industry. Below are just…

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From the slave quarters to the tourist post card: “Remove your labels from my black body!”

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Note from BW of Brazil: Today, we wish to share a statement from a northeastern black women’s group known as Preta Simoa. On their blog, Preta Simoa describes itself as “Grupo de Mulheres Negras do Cariri. Somos mulheres negras empoderadas, atuantes e ativistas na região do Cariri, interior do Ceará”, meaning “a group of Black Women from Cariri. We are powerful, active and activist black women from the region of Cariri, on the interior of Ceará.” Ceará is a popular tourist destination located in Brazil’s northeast.

Although their message was created specifically for the Carnaval season that has since already passed, it remains relevant for several reasons. 1) Regardless of the time of year, the image of Brazil outside of the country is often associated with Carnaval. 2) The international spotlight will be upon Brazil for the World Cup in a little more than two months and will continue until…

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