Butts, Carolyn A. is a native of Brooklyn, New York. Carolyn is the publisher/founder of African Voices, a leading non-profit arts magazine devoted to presenting fine art and literature by artists of color. She served as an assistant press secretary to former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall and a press aide to former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger. A former New York Post reporter, Carolyn was featured in Ms. Magazine’s October/November 2001 “Women to Watch” column for her outstanding achievements.
Carolyn is the founder the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series (www.reelsisters.org), an annual Brooklyn-based festival for women of color in the film industry. Carolyn is the recipient of LIU’s Living History Award 2013 and the Spirit of A Woman Firestarter Award 2013. She recently organized an arts and business of filmmaking forum for Time Warner’s Black History Month 2014 celebration. The West Harlem Development Corp. award African Voices a funding to serve 2000 artists and families.