Urbandictionary.com defines “Kiki” as “a party including good music and good friends, held for the express purpose of calming nerves, reducing anxiety and stress and generally fighting ennui. May involve locked doors, tea and salacious gossip.”
Marvin Shaw is Project Coordinator for the Pride Center’s Kiki Project, a gathering for Black same gender loving men, which first began as a joint collaboration between Lorenzo Robertson of the Pride Center with Evelyn Ullah and Christopher Bates of the Broward County Health Department.
“The KIKI Project is a locally developed structural intervention incorporating elements of evidence-based interventions including Popular Opinion Leader and Social Network Strategies,” Shaw said. “The Kiki Project Coordinator’s responsibility is to implement a high-impact, comprehensive HIV prevention program focused on Black individuals living with HIV/AIDS and high-risk negative individuals, with a focus on Black men who have sex with men and their sexual partners regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity.”
But there is more to Marvin Shaw than the Kiki Project: “I am heavily involved in many community-based projects to serve people,” he said. “Naturally, as a Black gay man living with HIV, I have a particular interest in the Black communities, gay communities and black-gay communities; however my real passion is for the betterment of humanity. I work closely with the efforts of the World AIDS Museum, all the programs at the Pride Center. I work closely with programs provided by The Y, Urban League, Rebuilding Together and many others.”
Shaw enjoys a three-year relationship with Corinzo Barnette, whom he calls “my partner, family, confidant, teacher and friend. I appreciate our life together and his support and belief in the work that I do.” Shaw’s “greatest joy” is traveling, and he wishes “to see every inch of the earth during this incarnation.”