Frank Antonio Lopez

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Community Organizer

Key Topics: Fair policing, Arts & activism.

Bio: Frank graduated in 2010 from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a Spoken Word/Teaching Artist. A BHSS Alumnus, Frank currently works as the Fair Policing Media Outreach Coordinator, working to document the advocacy and speaking engagements of our members and alumni. Frank has worked as an arts and social justice educator at El Puente Academy for Social Justice. He has filmed documentaries all over New York City as well as internationally with a focus on social justice issues, in such places as Mexico City, South Africa, Cuba, and Tanzania. His film, “Black Boys Don’t Cry: Manhood in Urban America” screened in an international film festival in Ghana, at the historical Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and at New York University. This 17-minute documentary focuses on The Brotherhood Rites of Passage program and is based on interviews with current and alumni members. Frank has also taught video production workshops in the Dominican Republic, his parents’ native country.

In 2006 and 2009, he was nominated for the Oliver Stone Screenwriting Award for over-achievement in the field of storytelling. Frank has been an associate facilitator for NYU’s film program at both the University of Havana in Cuba and in Singapore. Frank is also an Urban Word NYC Mentor and facilitates writing workshops all over New York City’s high schools and community centers, creating a safe space for teens to explore themselves and the prominent issues that affect their lives.

He is an alumnus of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol’s Lyrical Circle and the International Studies Program to South Africa in 2005 where participants studied the AIDS pandemic and the role of youth in the anti-Apartheid movement. His work is published in Off the Subject: The Words of Lyrical Circle of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (2006), which has an afterword from Nikki Giovanni and an introduction from Sekou Sundiata.

Frank is fully bi-lingual (Spanish/English) and was raised in Washington Heights.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • Performances in NYC, nationally and internationally.
  • Guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and FoxLatino.