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Robert West
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Robert West is a social worker primarily interested in macro-level dynamics. He believes social work and social activism can and should be a vehicle for joy and celebration inasmuch they are used to highlight pathology. Robert recently founded Breaking Bread Under the Rainbow (BBUR), a organization committed to serving the LGBT/Allied community of New York City via social work and the culinary arts. With an emphasis on breaking bread, BBUR seeks to further strengthen the LGBT/Allied community by encouraging civic/philanthropic engagement and exploration of intra-community dynamics impacting LGBT/Allied individuals. While noting the importance of building fellow activists and organizers, he believes the building of the LGBT/Allied "family" is equally as important. Robert is the happy husband of John Bradley, a New York City school teacher.

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Responding to the Savior Industrial Complex: Check the Help and Free Yourself! (Part II)

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 12:10 PM

In disciplines such as social work and community organizing and activism, you encounter individuals and paradigms that leave you wondering if the ideals and mores stressed via academic theory and marketing strategies were nothing more than a trick to get you involved in a carefully crafted ruse of the exploitation...

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Responding to the Saviour Industrial Complex: Check the Help and Free Yourself! (Part I)

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 12:44 PM

While always a volunteer with various noble causes and charities since my youth, approximately five years ago, I vowed to become even more engaged on a civic level. It was around that time that I seriously began thinking about how I'd like to spend the remainder of my professional life....

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Breaking Bread Under the Rainbow: How a Harlem Businesswoman Creates a Welcoming Table for All

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2013 | 3:04 PM

As a social worker and community activist interested in macro-level dynamics, I am in constant search of practices that embrace the empowerment of people through the utilization of the most pragmatic and organic of techniques. I am particularly impressed by practices emanating from paradigms that seek to strengthen communities by...

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A Hoodie, an Orthodox Jew and Independence Day: The Pursuit of Freedom Is a Muthaf@cka!

(8) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 6:33 PM

I've always believed that in our collective fights for justice, equality and equity, we owe it to ourselves to connect the dots in such a way that proves that all such battles are related and worthy of an exchange of support that creates a more formidable and unified front. In...

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Reaction to Dark Girls From a Light-Skinned Black Man

(131) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 5:20 PM

"Can you believe that's his cousin? Look at how black she is." Those words, delivered by my third-grade teacher jolted me from the idyllic world that children should be afforded, and catapulted me into a world where the issues of racism and colorism would often consume me. This is the...

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An Intergenerational Exchange: Two Black Perspectives on Celebrating Pride

(5) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 8:04 PM

Co-authored by Dr. Wilhelmina Perry, convener of LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent and 78-year-old senior

Throughout the month of June, many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and same-gender-loving (LGBT/SGL) people are busy organizing and engaging in various activities. These events will be weddings, private and public parties, festivals,...

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Stormé DeLarverie: In a Storm of Indifference, She's Still a Jewel

(9) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 9:00 AM

At my favorite watering hole in Manhattan, the topic often turns to a friend whom we, staff and patrons alike, miss something terrible. Because I still have contact with her, I'm often asked, "When are you going to see her again?" Then there are those who request that I give...

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Celebrating Harlem's Rich Queer History

(2) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 6:28 PM

"It is evident to the most superficial observer that the centre of fashion, wealth, culture, and intelligence, must, in the near future, be found in the ancient and honorable village of Harlem."
--Harlem Monthly, 1893

As we approach the end of Black History Month, I thought I'd share with...

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