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Justin Hernandez is the author of the memoir, Inside the Vortex available on Amazon and iBooks. He plans to write another book in the near future, but in the meantime, he contributes pieces to Huffington Post, as well as his own website, Follow him on Twitter @HernandezJustin.

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Why Uber Drivers Are Better Off As Independent Contractors

(6) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 12:44 PM

It seems everyone is talking about whether ride-share drivers should be classified as employees or independent contractors thanks to the California Labor Commission's recent ruling in the case of San Francisco Uber driver Barbara Ann Berwick. While the decision handed down by the Commission only applies to this...

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An Epiphany and Finding Happiness After Death

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 5:58 PM

Four months ago, my grandmother passed away. It was the first time I experienced the loss of a loved one, which is surprising considering that I am in my 40s. Death and all the feelings of mourning, sadness, and grieving that go along with it have eluded me for three...

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What Sobriety Means to Me

(2) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 1:35 PM

I rarely discuss my sobriety, yet alone, write about it. It's not because I'm embarrassed by the admission of being a reformed drunk. No, I made the public declarations about the road to recovery when I first gave up drinking last year. I even wrote a blog entry about the...

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The Downside of Going Metro in Los Angeles

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 8:13 PM

Theoretically, public transportation should be a rapid and cost-effective solution for getting around town. It works in just about every city; however, Los Angeles is a unique metropolis in and of itself. Most of the people who reside here subscribe to the belief that if you don't own a car,...

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7 Twitter Tips to Help Keep You Sane and Grounded

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 6:31 PM

In the time since I've joined Twitter, I have probably read just about every article about how to make the most of the social media network. This includes tips on the best times to post tweets, how to gain followers, how to avoid losing followers... basically, how to be a...

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Travel Tips for the Frequent and Budget Savvy Flyer

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2014 | 12:04 PM

Being a frequent flyer can sometimes come with a hefty price tag after you factor in all the additional expenses that go along with booking air travel. There are the additional fees for checked-in baggage, upgrade fees for seating with extra legroom, and don't forget the money that will be...

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What the TCA Win Means for RuPaul's Drag Race

(7) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 6:22 PM

By now, everyone who keeps up with the television industry knows that RuPaul's Drag Race won for Outstanding Reality Series at the 2014 Television Critics Association Awards. The Hollywood Reporter called it a "historic win" and even deemed it a complete surprise. It wasn't a surprise to me,...

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Devious Maids Recap: The Bad Seed (S2, E5)

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 4:59 PM

The truth that goes along with lifting the veil off of secrecy can sometimes be difficult to handle, and that's exactly where several characters on the last episode of Devious Maids found themselves.

Ethan is moving full steam ahead with his romancing of Valentina, even going so far as...

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Interview With Devious Maids' Rebecca Wisocky

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 1:41 PM


When it comes to playing devious, nobody does it better than Rebecca Wisocky in her portrayal of Evelyn Powell on Devious Maids. The show, now in its second season, is delivering some interesting plot twists for several of its characters, and Evelyn is...

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Devious Maids Recap: Dangerous Liaisons (S2, E3)

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 5:08 PM

This week's episode of Devious Maids was all about alliances and liaisons, and as we saw throughout the show, aligning yourself with the right people can be a tricky, yet extremely beneficial necessity.

After the failed robbery attempt during Alejandro and Carmen's engagement party (which sadly, led to Alejandro...

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Devious Maids Recap: "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs" (S2, E2)

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 5:46 PM

Devious Maids continued to deliver more secrets this past Sunday as it introduced a new family and served up a couple of shocking plot twists.

The episode begins with Peri visiting her doctor. She is still trying to fast track her pregnancy, and since she already told Spence she is...

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'Devious Maids' Recap: 'An Ideal Husband' (S2, E1)

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 4:28 PM

Sometimes in order to go forward we have to look back. That's exactly how the season premiere of Devious Maids began. A flashback sequence from 1999 introduced us to Nicholas Deering (Mark Deklin) and his wife Dahlia. A late night altercation leads them out to a bridge as Dahlia runs...

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Has The Real Housewives Gone Too Far?

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 2:40 PM

Theoretically, The Real Housewives is an interesting concept when it comes to Reality TV. A show featuring women who portray themselves as power players in their respective cities complete with lavish lifestyles. However, throughout the years people became less interested in the opulence and more fascinated by the train wreck...

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Drag Makes the World Go Round

(1) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 7:36 PM

We're less than a week away from the premiere of the sixth season of RuPaul's Drag Race. The show has amassed quite a following over the years and become part of today's pop culture dialogue in the process. However, every once in a while, I'll come across some gay men...

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7 Questions for RuPaul's Drag Race's Shangela

(2) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 6:06 PM

If you keep up with RuPaul's Drag Race's Shangela on social media, you know that she has been on the mend after a bad injury that occurred on stage last October. But just because Shangela hasn't been able to perform, doesn't mean she has been resting on her laurels. Quite...

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Tweeting Happily Ever After

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 1:38 PM

Next weekend marks my three-year anniversary on Twitter. I know this because one of the third-party apps I use for tweeting lists the date on my profile. It's not like I have a calendar alert set to remind me of my Twitiversary... but I probably should. After all, my relationship...

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How Britney Spears Stole Everyone's Thunder

(10) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 1:25 PM

In the past few weeks, we have lived for the applause, heard a woman roar, and listened to one of the great MCs go berzerk. It's been an exciting kick off to the fall music season; however, as these recording artists embark on promotion for their current singles and forthcoming...

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Turning the Final Pages of Facebook

(4) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 6:55 PM

Remember the days of AOL Desktop, where the biggest draw to installing the software was having chat room access? No? How about Friendster, one of the first social networking sites? Still drawing a blank? Okay, well then surely you remember Myspace, where friends could post comments on your page that...

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Conquering Television One Devious Tweet at a Time

(9) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 7:09 PM

Something exciting is happening over on Lifetime TV on Sunday nights. A group of followers has taken to Twitter with the hashtag "#DeviousArmy" and are live-tweeting during the broadcast of each new episode of Devious Maids. However, here's where it gets interesting: The cast and crew of the show are...

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When My Date Called Me the 'N' Word

(12) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 5:56 PM

You have to love the intricacies of gay dating. Well, OK, you don't have to love them, but you can at least appreciate them and chuckle at some of the hilarity they produce. When two men get together, anything is possible. The interactions I've had with the guys I've dated...

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