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LGBTQ+, Rural Alabama, Religion, Trauma, and more: A casual conversation with James Robinson on “Portia Takes On The Black Belt and Beyond”

LGBTQ+, Rural Alabama, Religion, Trauma, and more: A casual conversation with James Robinson on “Portia Takes On The Black Belt and Beyond”

July 1, 2020

This is the 2nd in a series of guest appearances by James Robinson on Portia Takes On The Blackbelt and Beyond. The program was live on Facebook on June 30, 2020, and purposely aired to recognize the ending of Pride month. 

In the episode, Portia and James engage in an open, casual discussion about James' personal experiences as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, religion, trauma, parental concerns, and more.  

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White Privilege, Racism, and more on “Portia Takes On The Black Belt and Beyond” with guest James Robinson

White Privilege, Racism, and more on “Portia Takes On The Black Belt and Beyond” with guest James Robinson

June 17, 2020

This is the 1st in a series of guest appearances by James Robinson on Portia Takes On The Blackbelt and Beyond was live on Facebook on June 16, 2020. 

In the episode, Portia and James engage in an open, casual, discussion about white privilege, racism, stereotypes, and a variety of other topics.  A second guest, George joined us later in the program and the focus of the discussion shifted somewhat and an interesting discussion of white supremacy and white privilege ensued.  I left the show with many things to think about and I hope you will as well.  It is approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. 

This program did not focus as much on LGBTQ issues as we had planned because it took a different direction.  I will be a guest on another show to talk about LGBTQ Pride month and how national LGBTQ issues and advances in equality impact or do not impact the lives of LGBTQ people in the Blackbelt and other very rural parts of the Deep South.  

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Canvas, written by Frank Malaba and read by Stevan Gaskill. (Music by Giles Lamb.)
Guiding Lights of My Life (My Grandmother & Frank Malaba) - James Robinson

Guiding Lights of My Life (My Grandmother & Frank Malaba) - James Robinson

April 22, 2018

In this episode, I am sharing one of my published articles. It is called, "Guiding Lights Of My Life". You may find the print version online through the link on my website. This link will take you to Garden Spices Magazine. If you have time look through my website while you are there and feel free to send me a message. - James Robinson

*Music by Anton Khoryukov "You and Me"

Balance of Loss - Frank Malaba

Balance of Loss - Frank Malaba

April 12, 2018

Balance of Loss - Frank Malaba

An eyelash falls off an eyelid. It sails through the still air and lands in a soft bed of dust. If we were to catch every eyelash that has ever fallen off a face, would we be able to create a colorful shoreline of lashes that would remind us that even the things that we lose everyday without noticing matter? Perhaps there is an ant somewhere that builds nests out of our lashes and finds comfort in things we do not remember to miss when they’re gone. Or perhaps we just let them fall into the ground and become the dirt that patiently awaits to swallow us whole when our hearts cannot fight gravity anymore. But the question still remains, why do we miss some things more than others?

Frank Malaba © 2013

Experience more of Frank Malaba's Creative Writing on https://frankmalaba.blog/ 

Visit my website at www.jamesrobinson.online

Stephen  Diaz, Executive Director of Belize Youth Empowerment for Change on All That’s Left Radio 10-29-16

Stephen Diaz, Executive Director of Belize Youth Empowerment for Change on All That’s Left Radio 10-29-16

October 29, 2016

Stephen Diaz is an amazing young activist for the LGBTQ community in his home country of Belize.  He spent several weeks at Free2Be in Huntsville, Alabama as part of the U.S. State Department's Young Leaders of the America's Initiative.  During this time he traveled with me across Alabama and we learned from each other.  Stephen is a founder and Executive Director of Belize Youth Empowerment for Change and is also involved in HIV prevention and education throughout the Caribbean. Stephen has reminded me of the importance of Free2Be's work to create a compassionate and inclusive society.  

At this time Clete Wetli and I were co-hosts of the All That's Left Radio Show and we were honored to have Stephen as a guest.  
 
Visit my website at www.jamesrobinson.online.
MyNDTALK - With Dr. Pamela Brewer July 18, 2016  - Free2Be - James Robinson

MyNDTALK - With Dr. Pamela Brewer July 18, 2016 - Free2Be - James Robinson

July 30, 2016
James Robinson's guest interview on MyNDTALK with Dr. Pamela Brewer
 
The program is a daily relationship and mental health literacy show hosted by psychotherapist, Pamela Brewer. Mondays focus on men, Tuesdays on transitions, Wednesday are about women, Thursdays (Thoughtful Thursdays) are conversations with clinical experts, Fridays (Friday : On The Other Side) take an expansive look at the world at large from a mental health perspective.
 
Visit my website at www.jamesrobinson.online.
 
Goin to the Dogs & Cats, Huntsville, AL Pet Supplies

Goin to the Dogs & Cats, Huntsville, AL Pet Supplies

July 19, 2016

Doin to the Dogs & Cats is a locally owned pet supply store and kitten adoption site in Huntsville, AL.  This welcoming business supports diversity and acceptance. 

Visit my website at www.jamesrobinson.online.

“May Your Words Continue To Heal” Dedicated to Frank Malaba along with some of my personal thoughts about “Love”

“May Your Words Continue To Heal” Dedicated to Frank Malaba along with some of my personal thoughts about “Love”

May 17, 2015

'Balaenoptera'

 

When you shared this with me my heart sang a familiar song,

not a song I had heard in this life but a song I had been searching for,

your song, a song I recognized across eternity,

your song, in tune with my soul.

 

Read the entire poem

 

Read Frank Malaba's prosetry

 

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He thought I was “Just” and old car … an instrument of Hope

He thought I was “Just” and old car … an instrument of Hope

May 17, 2015

We are all capable of being instruments of good.  We are all able to make the world a better place.  We simply have to choose the road toward good.  We can’t wait for opportunities.  We must sometimes make opportunities.  I am thankful to be more than “Just an old car.”  I am and have been an opportunity.

 

- A proud & happy 1993 Ford Crown Victoria 

  An instrument of hope  Read the entire story 

 

Visit my website at www.jamesrobinson.online.

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