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through a lens, blog, leadership, camera

The Working Camera of a Leader By Kianna Simpkins

Regarding police brutality and racism, the episode “The Lawn Chair” touched upon issues often neglected by society. The episode provides a deeper thought process towards racism/oppression and introduces a new, different factor that is not often considered. For example, in the circumstance of police officers and their reputations, the episode showed that there are truly two sides to every coin. It is a generalized belief that the whole of the police or authorities is morally incorrect, ignorant, and questionable in [...]

what is love, shortstack, heartbeat

What is Love? – By Alexandra Ramirez, 2016-2017 Shortstack Model

I wrote something that was inspired by a conversation I was having with Hal and my writing might make one of you guys smile or remember something positive or change your mind set so yeaaa that’s why I keep posting my blogs:   What is Love? Love is when you care for that person so much their suffering becomes yours. Love is when you feel like you can do anything with that person, you feel like you can fly, like you can [...]

police brutality, violence, shooting, leadership

Let’s Not Sugarcoat the Facts – By Travis Boothe

The episode of “The Lawn Chair” from the television series Scandal relates to our Love in Action class because everything that we see and hear changes the way teenagers and people in general view the events going on in the world today. The episode mainly focused on the problems between the police and citizens (mainly black people), and the struggles that they have to go through with each other. It also shows the things that leaders do without the [...]

punk shows, all ages, nyc, diy

TBQ Presents An All Ages Punk Island Benefit Show

We are so excited that we have a stage this year at Punk Island on June 18th, 2017 at Governor’s Island! On Saturday, April 15th, we are going to have a benefit show for Punk Island at Hollis Woods Community Church… and its also our Program Director Arlene’s Birthday Bash! Its an amazing bill! Everyone come out! All ages! No drugs or alcohol! Lots of fun!   Taking Back Queens logo… Alternative rock coming from the NYC area, FLOAT is here to [...]

Are All Cops Bad? By Karen Castro

“The fact that they stand in groups and say things you do not like does not make them a mob.” – Olivia Pope, The Lawn Chair, Season 4 of Scandal Karen Castro Mr. Hal Love in Action 04 April 2017   After watching The Lawn Chair episode, I am speechless and left with mixed feelings. I don’t know what to say but it really did make me understand it’s an episode everyone should see. I think it’s a real eye opener. What impacted me the [...]

Who Am I? – By 2017 Shortstack Model Alexandra Ramirez

Alex Marie, Shortstack Model, Photo by Infinity 88 Photography I don’t know who I am. I know my name is Alexandra Ramirez and I’m a 16-year-old girl, but I don’t know who I am as a person. I don’t know if I matter to anybody or if my life has any meaning. I’m so lost and I always been lost. I’ve been depressed for 4 years, since I’ve been 12 years old. I got abused for most of my life. [...]

mental health, ivy league, columbia university, the inner you

To promote mental health, identity-based student groups look inward

  Hal Eisenberg, CEO and Founder of Windows of Opportunity presenting a workshop on “finding yourself” at Columbia University. Nefesh, a mental health awareness group within Columbia/Barnard Hillel, holds an annual mental health awareness week.   Citing a shortage of regularly scheduled, university-wide discussions surrounding mental health, identity-based student groups have held  mental health-focused programs for their own members this year. In the past semester, student organizations including the University Senate Student Affairs Committee, General Studies Student Council, and the Mental Health Task [...]

walk in the park, bereavement, eating disorder, education

Not Just A Walk in the Park… All Lives Matter – By Hal Eisenberg, CEO

As I read this article (below) I thought about that day in the park. She was sitting there and on the surface she looked as if she was staring out at the universe blindly. At moments I didn’t know what to think. I was at a lost for words and all I hoped for was that my unconditional love for the soul sitting next to me would allow her to tell me what was going on. That day in [...]

the inner you, butterfly, eating disorders, self esteem

What Is Wrong With Our Medical Profession? By Hal Eisenberg, CEO

I was asked to write a reaction as a professional social worker who has worked with many youth and adults who are struggling with an Eating Disorder to the following quote in the article linked below. The original article is posted under my reaction. The article is actually a very good article on Binge Eating Disorder (BED) and is advocating for services but I am still appalled that there is not more being done professionally for those struggling. Education is [...]

Procratination, Anger, Blessings, Passion

Procrastination – A Short Blog by Hal Eisenberg – June 8, 2015

“Have a big enough heart to love unconditionally, and a broad enough mind to embrace the differences that make each of us unique.” ― D.B. Harrop What a random unexpected time to sit down and write a blog. I have not written public thoughts in awhile now, probably dating back to that ancient history we call “MySpace days”. I really should not be writing at all, with the annual Shortstack Fashion Show just a few weeks away, but this is [...]