Skip to content
Karen Juanita Carrillo

Karen Juanita Carrillo

Karen Juanita Carrillo is a Brooklyn, New York-based author and photographer. Karen is a frequent speaker on African American and Afro Latinx history and politics. Her news reporting has won awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists, New California Media Awards, and the National Newspapers Publishers Association. Carrillo is co-founder of the website; you can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @afropresencia. Karen is the author of

  • African American-Latino Relations in the 21st Century: When Cultures Collide
  • African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events (ABC-CLIO/Greenwood Press, June 2012; ISBN: 978-1-59884-360-6),
  • Bibliography Of Life In The Black Americas (Dec 31, 2012; ASIN: B00AVE92J0), and
  • The View from Chocó: The Afro-Colombian Past, Their Lives in the Present, and Their Hopes for the Future (May 21, 2010; ISBN: 1451565275 / 1-4515-6527-5).
Painting at Museo Regional de Palmillas, Yanga Veracruz

Mexico’s First Liberated City Commemorates Its Founding

The City of Yanga was founded after a group of enslaved Africans, led by Gaspar Yanga, rebelled against colonial rule.