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A Home Run Out of the Housing Projects: Donique Wray's First Gen Success Story

Carol J. Carter | Posted 05.26.2015 | College
Carol J. Carter

Growing up in the Jacksonville Housing Authority (JHA), Donique Wray had several strikes against her at an early age. First, her mom had run away from home at thirteen to live on the streets and she had a hard time recognizing her own brilliance or that within Donique.

3 Simple Steps to Teaching Your Child the Art of Persistence

Mehdi Toozhy | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Mehdi Toozhy

If we teach our children persistence, it will guide them when trying to succeed in school and beyond. Persistence is not something we are born with. We need to learn it. Don't worry, it is not hard.

This is the Tiger That Earl Woods Raised

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.14.2015 | Sports
Steve Siebold

Earl Woods said he made it clear his purpose was "not to raise a golfer. I wanted to raise a good person." Despite the bad reputation that follows Tiger these days, here's proof that there's still a good person living inside of him.

Aging as Glenda or Elphaba... The Choice I Made

Pamela Lutrell | Posted 05.13.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Lutrell

I really am not a fan of the phrase "Aging Gracefully." We are all aging from the moment we slide out the birth canal. However, instead of aging gracefully, I choose to "Live Joyfully" ...out loud and with contentment.

Real Models, not Role Models and Why I Needed Sally Field

Margaret Ruvoldt | Posted 05.12.2015 | Business
Margaret Ruvoldt

A personal hero of mine for many years has been Sally Field. I was thrilled to hear her speak at the conference and have the opportunity to meet her.

The Dangers of Teen Sexting

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 05.07.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

As a social animal, your teen learns a lot of her grownup behavior through modeling and imitating adults. A 24/7 media cycle has made celebrities not only part of our social culture, but also secondary role models for your child.

Actors of Love

Catherine Nagle | Posted 05.04.2015 | Religion
Catherine Nagle

A few years ago, I met Carlos Espinosa, the founder of Holy Wood Acting Studio in California, and commented on one of his video blogs. I was struck by his wisdom and passion for opening an acting studio in California that is faith-based.

Why The Mayweather Victory Doesn't Matter

Jio F. Deslate | Posted 05.04.2015 | Sports
Jio F. Deslate

Fans of boxing deserve champions not only inside the ring, but also outside of it. Mayweather may have won this fight but it doesn't really matter. He could defeat 10 more Manny Pacquiao's but he will never be remembered the way Pacman will be -- as a true fighter. "Money" stands for nothing. He may be undefeated, but he is not a champion.

What's So Super About Minimizing Black Girls?

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 04.24.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

Little girls like mine need and desire to see characters who look like them and are the stars of the show. My girls have often expressed their joy when they see a character of color, exclaiming, "Mom! She's brown like me!" Their excitement is saddening, because it's a rarity.

Why Women Over 50 Need To Declare Pride In Their Bodies

Carol Parker Walsh | Posted 05.05.2015 | Fifty
Carol Parker Walsh

Women in their 50s are in a precarious position of not being old enough to be seniors but too old to be considered youthful. In many ways we're invisible. We are constantly in search of role models that represent these "tweener" years. When you add curviness to the mix, the representation becomes even smaller and less flattering.

Don't Fear Girls Having Male Role Models

Kate Van Dellen | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Kate Van Dellen

It blows my mind that someone would fret over the gender of volunteers. Isn't the reason why we organize events for girls to show them that gender isn't a barrier? We shouldn't criticize men for their gender when they want to help us with our goals.

Unflattery

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.20.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Upgrade Your Daughter's Celebrity Role Models

Common Sense Media | Posted 04.16.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

These conversations also are great opportunities to introduce your daughter to other cool role models -- who might share attributes of the women she already admires.

Profound Proxies Got Me Here: Gratitude Is A Gift Best Given Forward

Lulu Salavegsen | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Lulu Salavegsen

I don't presume to know much, but through the challenges and obstacles of life, I have learned that gratitude begets more -- everything.

3 Powerful Lessons I Learned From my Mom

Barb Abramson | Posted 05.24.2015 | Women
Barb Abramson

Although she was not a risk-taker and often saw the negative aspects of a situation first, I could not have had a better role model than my mom.

What It Really Takes To Combat Childhood Obesity

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 03.24.2015 | Healthy Living

It goes without saying that the United States' childhood obesity rates are beyond problematic -- approximately 17 percent of kids and adolescents in ...

The Inspiring Professor Who Changed My Life

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.08.2015 | Education
Lev Raphael

Today is International Women's Day and I have to pay tribute to the amazing woman who changed my life, setting me on the road to success as a writer.

What Yeezy Taught Me: 5 Lessons We Can Learn From Kanye West

Brianna Susnak | Posted 05.05.2015 | College
Brianna Susnak

While Kanye West might not be the hero our generation wants, he is without a doubt the hero our generation needs. Along with how to artfully toe the line between confident and cocky, here are five other lessons that we can all learn from Mr. West.

Paul and Ringo Are Good Role Models for Aging Boomers

Candy Leonard | Posted 05.02.2015 | Fifty
Candy Leonard

The Beatles were always changing and evolving, which is why growing up with them was such a rich experience. They were always doing something new. As George Martin said recently, "They would always want to look beyond the horizon, not just at it."

Compassion Is In the Details

Kelly Suellentrop | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Kelly Suellentrop

The real question is how often do I show compassion at all those tiny little moments that make up a lifetime, not just for myself, but for the people with whom I interact?

Leading Entrepreneurs-in-the-making to Better Futures

John Hope Bryant | Posted 04.22.2015 | Black Voices
John Hope Bryant

In places like Ferguson, young entrepreneurs usually materialize as drug dealers. In places like Ferguson, gang leaders are frustrated union organizers -- same talents for leadership; same aspirations; no hope.

#HealthyBellySelfie Awareness Takes Off

Emily Nolan Joseph | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily Nolan Joseph

We Don't Need Photoshop To Look Healthy I think about the 15-year-old me often. Like I'm trying to go back in time to fix something but I can't, rea...

13 Celebrities Who Won't Wreck Your Kid or Teen's Body Image

Common Sense Media | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Whether we like it or not, kids and teens look to celebrities for inspiration on how to look, act, speak, and more. Their inspiring stories, personal triumphs, self-acceptance, and decisions to speak out against the industry's standard of beauty and size has us sitting up and taking notice -- and we hope this is a trend we see more of.

Why Marshawn Lynch is a Great Role Model for America's Youth and a Scandal-Ridden NFL

H. A. Goodman | Posted 04.06.2015 | Sports
H. A. Goodman

If anything, there should be a movement to commend people like Marshawn Lynch, not detract from his reluctance to abide by the media's thirst for controversy. Our nation has enough self-absorbed athletes and celebrities, do we need more?

Bee Successful: How One Young Woman Excels at Archery

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 04.05.2015 | Women
Brandi Megan Granett

Emily Bee -- a rising young archer with roots in NASP and bowhunting -- is now an internationally ranked competitor. Although she's been shooting just a few years, Ms. Bee has many impressive credentials in her quiver.