Three generations of black actresses, Ruth de Souza, Zezé Motta and Taís Araújo reflect on the presence of blacks in the last few decades of television

Powerful message on the presence and image of black men and women in popular Brazillian media, and how it reflects the racial reality of the culture

Black Women of Brazil

Representantes de três gerações, atrizes colecionam vários sucessos na carreira

 Actresses Zezé Motta, Ruth de Souza and Taís Araújo

Note from BW of Brazil: Black presence on Brazilian television continues to be a struggle, both in terms of sheer numbers which vastly under-represent the 51% of Brazilians who define themselves as negros as well as the stereotypical roles in which they continue to be represented. But even with these issues, Brazil still has a history of great black actresses who have left their mark on the small screen as well as the big screen. Below, three actresses, arguably the most respected of their respective generations, reflect on the changes they have witnessed as well as the changes that are still necessary in order for black actors and actresses to get their fair due in Brazil’s influential entertainment industry. 

Representing three generations of black actresses, Ruth de Souza, Zezé Motta and Taís Araújo reflect on the presence of blacks…

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