information about the progress and work done within Black communities is only broadcast after the work is done -- and, usually,
after the true community activists have done all of the hard work.
This website will update readers on
the work the Black community is doing now, to advance itself across the Americas.
|Photo credit: Juanita Carrillo, PhD © 2005
A Brooklyn, New York-based writer and photographer, Karen Juanita Carrillo specializes
in covering African American and Afro-Latino history, culture and politics.
She has worked as a journalist for more than 15 years, and presented lectures on African American
and Afro-Latino issues. Carrillo co-wrote the chapter, “Brutality Against Prisoners is a Serious Problem,” which
appears in the book Police Brutality edited by Tamara L. Roleff (Greenhaven Press, Inc., 1999) and the chapter, “Our
World, Our Work” for the book Body and Soul edited by Linda Villarosa (HarperCollins Publishers, 1994).
In 2002, she was awarded the National Newspapers Publishers Association's "Perspective Reporting
Award: For human-interest coverage of the impact of September 11th, highlighting diverse perspectives in African American
communities." In 2003, she was a New California Media Awards winner in the "Civil Liberties" reporting
category. In 2005, she received the New York Association of Black Journalists' first prize award for "General/Spot
News" reporting and in 2008, she won the NYABJ's second place prize award for "International News" reporting.
Karen Juanita Carrillo is a United Nations representative
and senior researcher with the International Oil Working Group (a non-governmental organization). Her published articles
and photographs have been featured in numerous publications in the United States, South America and Europe.
Lisa J. Scott, PhD. focuses her research on analyzing how to best aid in the healthy sustainability
of disparaged communities created by situational poverty. Dr. Scott does this by examining health issues and its relational
impact on our educational systems and community. Her interdisciplinary graduate and post-doctoral training have sharpened
her understanding of the intricate relationships between various micro and macro experiential factors relative to the development
of people of color and migrant families.
Dr. Scott's recent publications
include The Impact of Community on Schools: Teachers and Parents Speak Out (through Erlbaum Publishers, 2007), Multicultural Issues and Literacy Achievement (2006),
Review of the Life of John Ogbu (2006), The role of social capital on Jamaican immigrants and their economic
mobility (2005) among others.
Afropresencia is an organization founded in 2007 in Brooklyn, New York.
It is a grassroots network of individuals of African descent focused on advocating for social, racial and economic justice
within the Americas and the Caribbean.
of afropresencia.com is to promote the voice of scholars and activists among the global community through its website; in
addition to facilitating conversations that can aid in overcoming racism, sexism, class exploitation and homophobia.
➢ To act
as an informative and proactive organization that addresses, develops and influences policy recommendations, resolutions and
practices that affect the Black community locally, nationally and globally.
To serve as a resource to the community on issues unique to the Black community.
To coordinate our efforts with other organizations in the pursuit of common goals.
To promote and support relevant research and publications concerning issues of interest to the community.
➢ To encourage and maintain a communicative network on a local,
state, national and global level.
Establish and maintain supportive systems that enhance the educational, social and professional opportunities for Blacks
in the Americas.
➢ Establish a communication network among
educators, advocates, policy makers and activists.
mechanisms for formally recognizing the contributions of Blacks throughout the Americas
Provide opportunities that facilitate interaction among individuals with similar interests and concerns.