Meet the team and current members!
Bianca I. Laureano is a first generation Puerto Rican sexologist living in NYC. Raised in the Washington, DC area in an activist environment, Bianca is the daughter of an artist and educator and a product of the public school system. In the field of sexuality for over a decade, Bianca has worked with and taught youth of Color, working class communities, speaks at national and international organizations advocating sex-positive social justice agendas. She has presented both locally and internationally on various topics concerning activism, Latino sexual health, feminisms, youth and hip-hop culture, Latinos and race, Caribbean cultural practices and sexuality, dating and relationships, curriculum development, reproductive justice and teaching.
She’s a board member at the Black Girl Project, doula with The Doula Project, co-founder of The LatiNegr@s Project, and Monster Girl. Bianca is an instructor and a freelance writer and was awarded the 2010 Mujeres Destacadas’ Award (distinguished woman) from El Diario/La Prensa for her work in sexual health. She hosts the website LatinoSexuality.com and identifies as a LatiNegra, media maker, radical woman of Color, activist, sex-positive, pro-choice femme. Find out more about Bianca by visiting her website BiancaLaureano.com. Follow her on Twitter and Tumblr @LatinoSexuality.
Violeta Donawa is a Detroit native, born to a Panamanian father and African American mother. As a doctoral student, she examines racial ideologies and paradigms, as well as the impact of social media on identification processes. She has two publications, entitled, “Exploring the Afro-Latino Presence: The Afro-Panamanian Experience in Michigan” in the journal, Negritud: Revista De Estudios Afro-Latinoamericanos and “Defining and Documenting Afro-Latin America” in the journal, Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies.
Raising visibility of the AfroLatin@ community has always been a passion. She has found multiple ways to integrate this passion into her everyday life through academia and social media. As a past freelance writer and emerging blogger, she has contributed to the Voices from Our America ™ project, volunteered with The AfroLatin@ Forum, & written for VidaAfroLatina and Venus Genus.
Jessica Marie Johnson is an African-American and Puerto Rican Chicago-native invested in radical media and transformative justice online. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in history from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a B.A. in African & African American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis where she was also a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Between 2009 and 2011, she was a Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow in the Africana Studies Program at Bowdoin College. As a digital humanist, Johnson is interested in digital media and publishing, online archives and exhibits; and the use of social media to disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent. For more information on her or to explore her work visit African Diaspora, Ph.D., Diaspora Hypertext, the Blog, or visit her on Twitter and Tumblr.
Former Team Members
Co-founder Anthony Otero active member 2010-2013.
Kismet Nuñez, active member 2010-2013