African Women Voices

For the love of natural black hair: Bahian woman wins the first ever Miss Black Power Brasil contest!

Black Brazil Today


Note from BW of Brazil: All I can say is “rock, rock on sistas!” Mad love to the efforts of so many black women throughout Brazil who have fought anti-African, racist sentiments of a Brazilian society that has always defined Afro-textured kinks, naps and curls as ugly or “cabelo ruim”, meaning “bad hair”. The last decade or so has seen a growing revolution wherever one finds people of African descent in Brazil (1). Across the country, women (and men) are saying, “it is not my hair that is bad; it is your racism!”

"My hair isn't bad; bad is your racism" “My hair isn’t bad; bad is your racism”

This is not to say that the Euro-centric aesthetic doesn’t still dominate the minds of millions of afrodescendente women, but this dictatorship and imposition of only straight hair being acceptable has in recent years been challenged as it never has been before in Brazil’s history. If you’ve…

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