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Who Are You Going to Be Today?

Jamie Flook | Posted 07.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jamie Flook

Whoever said blue and green should never be seen obviously never saw bright blue skies over the green fields of England on a midsummer's day. I...

How Do You Spell Your Name?

Brittney Grimes | Posted 07.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Brittney Grimes

It's -NEY. "Ohh, I thought you spelled it B-r-i-t-t-a-n-y." It's a common mistake. I've had this error happen to me ever since elementary school, when...

Do Insurance Companies Look at Your Social Media Profiles?

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 07.22.2015 | Technology
NextAdvisor.com

The Internet is a great resource for conducting research and gathering information on almost anything. Today, with the emergence of data tracking devices and social media, this now includes information about people.

Customer Service Survey Scams: Don't Fall for Them!

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
NextAdvisor.com

Scammers are creative when it comes to devising schemes to try and steal your identity and money, and the BBB and the AARP have been warning consumers about such a scam lately regarding fake customer service surveys.

4 Tips to Protect Seniors Against Fraud and Identity Theft

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 07.22.2015 | Fifty
NextAdvisor.com

Although most anyone can be a target of fraud and identity theft, senior identity theft is on the rise and those ages 50+ are often in the cross-hairs of scammers. The U.S. government is taking steps to help circumvent the high level of fraud aimed at seniors, but it can only do so much -- and progress in this area has been fairly slow.

Is Facial Recognition Technology the Future?

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 07.23.2015 | Technology
NextAdvisor.com

A decade ago, social media was just beginning to bloom and people were only sharing their photos and thoughts with handfuls of trusted family and friends. Ten years later, social media dominates our lives.

A Rough Field for Everything... Everything but Race

Write for the Future | Posted 07.17.2015 | College
Write for the Future

Unfortunately, I will probably spend my whole life disproving the stereotypes inside the minds of others. I will be forced to carry myself in a clean cut way that does not promote any triggers of black male stereotypes. In doing so, I will continue to be praised as an exception with compliments that don't feel like real compliments.

Shame on Facebook: How Zuckerberg's Confusing "Real Names" Policy Hurts More Than It Helps

Lil Miss Hot Mess | Posted 07.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Lil Miss Hot Mess

Facebook's policy disproportionately affects certain categories of users, and whether intentional or not, that's discriminatory as well as dangerous for many. So, Zuck, let's cut through the confusion and make things perfectly clear: it's time for Facebook to be accountable to its community and delete this policy once and for all.

How Your Self-Beliefs Can Sabotage Your Diet

Ayda Ersoy | Posted 07.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Ayda Ersoy

The shallow believe in luck or circumstance; the strong believe in cause and effect. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson What are your beliefs when you think abou...

5 Keys to Real Happiness From 5 Must-Read Books

Suna Senman | Posted 07.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Suna Senman

Fairytales feed our minds with the enchanted thoughts about finding a situation where our wishes are fulfilled and we live "happily ever after." Contrary to this belief, happiness is not something to go out and find.

I Had To Ask Google If I Was Mexican

Stephen Maloney | Posted 07.08.2015 | Latino Voices
Stephen Maloney

My dad grew up as a middle class Irish Italian kid with the quintessentially Irish name "Stephen Michael Maloney." Only that wasn't the original surname on my father's birth certificate. He was born "Stephen Michael Menéndez." That's a hell of a heritage swing.

How My Generation's Identity is Shaped by the Internet

Alex Iansiti | Posted 07.07.2015 | Teen
Alex Iansiti

A troubling identity crisis is becoming apparent in teenagers of my generation. While gender identification may be a more publicized issue, the internet has introduced a significantly more common phenomenon: the separation -- sometimes more like a chasm -- between online and real personas

A Glass Half Full of Hope

Trisha de Borchgrave | Posted 07.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Trisha de Borchgrave

A recent two-page spread in the International New York Times Review section exhumed an inkling of belief that humankind is on the right track. Op-ed...

Become the Strongest Version of Yourself: An Interview with Strength Camp Founder Elliott Hulse

Jairek Robbins | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business
Jairek Robbins

This interview is going down in the books as one of our all-time favorites. Period.

Finding My Mother and My American Identity

Joel Peterson | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Joel Peterson

Americans may be equal, but we are not all the same. It is the willingness of one American to defend the right of another to be different -- to think, to believe, to live in ways and to say things that one may vehemently dislike. But we will act to defend this differentness, this right to be free and unique -- even at risk of death.

On Belief vs. Identity: Letter to a Young North American Muslim

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

Remember, your religious beliefs are not you. They are simply part of the medium you were cultured in when you were raised.

The Glory Days: IV

John O'Kane | Posted 06.30.2015 | Religion
John O'Kane

I slip out the door and join the flow of traffic up the street, noticing someone across it with his eyes fixed on the front of the bar. I reenter the shadows and make my way.

A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to the Bank

James Altucher | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
James Altucher

I woke up and there were two versions of my latest book, The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth, listed on Amazon. One was written by "James Altucher" and the other was written by "JAMES ALTUCHER" and had a mysterious "editor" named "MD. YEASIN HOSSAIN".

70-Year-Old 'Black' Woman Discovers Both Of Her Birth Parents Were White

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 06.24.2015 | Black Voices

For 70 years, Verda Byrd thought she was an African American woman -- until she recently discovered that both of her birth parents were white. Byr...

Global African Artists Explore The Meaning Of Disguise In The 21st Century

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.24.2015 | Arts

Europa, 2008, Nandipha Mntambo, Swazi, born 1982. Exhibition print 311/2 ×311/2 in. (80 ×80 cm). Photographic composite by Tony Meintjes. Loan fro...

On Solitude In A Waiting Room

Hannah Lamarque | Posted 06.23.2015 | Travel
Hannah Lamarque

Amsterdam airport is a huge and stark place. Lit by sheets of neon lights, it towers into the heavens and winds into places unseen. There are other airports which are warmer, more familiar, less intimidating, but as I sit here at 8.30 in the morning, I feel more comforted than I have for a long time.

On Father's Day: War, Memories and Moving On

Andrew Lam | Posted 06.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Andrew Lam

Home for the weekend recently, I chanced upon my father's South Vietnamese Army uniform, the three silver stars still pinned meticulously onto each lapel. Once, as a child, I had looked up to a man who had seemed more like a deity. Hadn't I imagined myself as an adult walking in his soldierly footsteps?

When Did Being Kind Fall Away From Our Everyday?

Gregg McBride | Posted 06.18.2015 | Media
Gregg McBride

Next time we see someone in the media who we think deserves our critique, our judgment, or even our hatred, let's take a deep breath in and let a deep breath out -- and be reminded that we're all struggling to define ourselves and to live our lives in the happiest ways we know how.

TransRacial to TransPresent: The Power of Authentic Presence

Susanna Barkataki | Posted 06.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Susanna Barkataki

Am I transracial? Are you? These are questions I had to ask myself this week in light of Rachel Dolezal's situation and the huge response to it. ...

Black Like Me... NOT! Rachel Dolezal and the Myth of (Her) Blackness

Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Black Voices
Gary Bailey M.S.W., A.C.S.W.

Though Rachel Dolezal might have compassion for what it means to be Black in America, her 15-year-old self would not have suffered the indignities as were meted out to in McKinney, Texas.