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Shane Paul Neil is a writer for Technorati as well as the business manager for the Back2Reality Podcast

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The Best Ideas Come From Fixin' Things

(1) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 10:09 PM

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In our problem-plagued world, nothing stands out more than problem solving. Global warming, pollution, severe income disparity, structurally high unemployment, these are major problems demanding leadership to tackle them head-on before circumstances force a solution not willingly sought after. But in...

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Four Apps to Help You Run Your Business

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 6:21 PM

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Whether you are a solopreneur or own a small business with multiple employees finding easy and affordable quality solutions is a constant challenge. For most small business owners the day to day can be a hodgepodge of responsibility as you are forced to...

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Old School Rock Meets New School Tech

(10) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 4:28 PM

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What do you do when you have spent nearly the last half century touring the world as one of the greatest bands ever assembled and you want to put out a new album? If you are the seminal band Chicago, you develop possibly...

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On Donald Glover, Weirdos and the Myth of the Black Male Narrative

(14) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 2:56 PM

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I was raised in the Bronx in the '80s at the height of both the crack and AIDS epidemic. My neighborhood gave birth to Pistol Pete and the Sex, Money, Murder set of the east coast Bloods....

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The Wahlburger Effect, How Reality TV Leveraged a Good Business Into a Great One

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 6:00 AM

The first reality shows I can remember growing up have little in common with today's brethren. Shows like TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes, Candid Camera and Kids Say the Darndest Things existed in an era where shock held little value and the laughs were innocent (pardon me if I sound...

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Three Things We Have Learned From the Heartbleed Fiasco

(6) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 12:18 AM

The dust has at least begun to settle around the Heartbleed bug. The news cycle has spun forward, passwords have been updated, patches have been created and a million articles and blogs have been written. While we are inevitably doomed to repeat this cycle (ILOVEYOU,

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How Upstart Website Platforms Are Catching Up to Wordpress

(6) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 12:16 PM

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When it comes to market share and overall popularity nothing comes close to rivaling WordPress when it comes to content management systems. According to VentureBeat, as of last year Wordpress powered nearly 20 percent of all websites and 66 percent of...

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When Good Intentions Go Wrong: The NFL 'Nigga' Penalty

(23) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 3:06 PM

Before I even get into the proposed NFL rule accessing a 15-yard penalty for using the word "nigga" (I refuse to say "N-word" as it is a complete cop-out) in all its iterations on the field, I offer a moment of full disclosure: I don't use the word, or at...

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Circle Twerk in the Media: An Open Letter to Teddy Wayne

(2) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 12:44 PM

Mr. Wayne,

I start by saying that I have never read any of your work outside of your piece about twerking, and only because the piece flashed through my Twitter timeline. I have to assume that you are a writer of at least some substance to write...

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Trayvon Martin, Social Media and Inactive Activism

(4) Comments | Posted July 16, 2013 | 6:54 PM

The verdict flashed across my iPad. I winced and checked my Facebook knowing what it would look like. My timeline was filled with comments ranging from sadness to near terroristic threats with a sprinkling of pro Zimmerman sentiment. My Twitter feed was much the same. Between the two platforms over...

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Black Podcasts Bring the Barbershop to the Internet

(43) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 1:05 PM

I first started listening to podcasts a couple years ago. They were a great respite when I was at work and got bored listening to music. Running a small business I would often spend hours in the office alone and the chatter helped the day seem less lonely. It started...

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An Open Letter to Rob Parker

(112) Comments | Posted December 14, 2012 | 7:12 PM

Mr. Parker,

As a matter of full disclosure I must admit that I have never been a fan of your commentary. For some time I have been of the opinion that you are a soundbite looking for an audience. I have watched you on various ESPN shows over the years,...

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Bloomberg Can't Win on the Marathon Issue and Doesn't Deserve to

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 10:53 AM

Michael Bloomberg's handling of the New York City Marathon at its best has been foolhardy and at its worst has been plain greedy. With a city in varying states of recovery, a public transit system that was essentially crippled up until Saturday afternoon, blackouts and a death count...

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Confessions of a Non-Voter

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 9:48 AM

There are two statements a person can make in America today that will completely divide a room. I am an atheist, which I am not, and I am a non-voter, which I am. It has taken me a long time to admit this publicly. As I write this my wife...

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Corporations Cashing In on the Marriage Equality Debate and Why Everyone Loses

(29) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 7:50 PM

Let me begin by saying that I am a proponent of marriage equality. I firmly believe that any union built on mutual love and respect should not be a matter of legislation. I proudly stand beside my LGBT family and friends. For the purpose of this article, however, I am...

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Superman vs. Lex Luthor: Riding the Line of Ethics and Success in Business

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 2:34 PM

I am a huge Superman fan.  I have a bookcase in my living room adorned with action figures, graphic novels and other forms of nerdware.   At the center of it all is a small poster of the Superman Versus Muhammed Ali comic, a Bizzaro Superman action figure and...

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We Need To Raise Resilient Children

(14) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 8:17 AM

As a child I was bullied mercilessly at the small Catholic school I attended and fought almost daily. I won a few and lost a lot. I would get migraines from the stress of having to face another day of torture. The nuns at the school couldn't fathom that so...

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My Fearless Wife: Confessions Of A (Male) Law-Enforcement Spouse

(5) Comments | Posted June 25, 2012 | 8:35 AM

My marriage is not normal. First off, my wife and I are happy together, which numbers would suggest only half of married couples are. We have been together for twelve years, which I like to remind my wife is more than a third of our lives (you can do the...

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A Life Unknown: 'Fear Of Anonymity Drives Our Culture'

(28) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 8:23 AM

About a month ago I was heading into my West Village real estate office, worried about all the things a new business owner worries about. Staff issues, overhead, clients, accounting, all weighing on my mind. As I stepped off the F train at the West 4th station I blindly walked...

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