In homage to the upcoming Day of Black Consciousness, dancer/model Nayara Justino does a photo shoot in African garb

Black Women of Brazil

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Note from BW of Brazil: First of all, let me just say that it’s really good to see this layout. For those of you who may not be familiar with this young lady, let me give a brief background. Every year as Brazil’s world famous Carnaval season gets closer, the country’s top television network, Rede Globo, begins saturating the airwaves with the black woman known as the Globeleza. Dancing the samba and gyrating basically naked save for the body paint on her body. These short vignettes are aired several times per day as the countdown to Carnaval winds down. The title of Globeleza, while coveted by some women, is repudiated by other black women who see the depiction of a naked, gyrating black woman as simply a re-enforcement of one of the “places” that black women have long held in by Brazilian society, the other being the maid.

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