"But Where Are You Really From?"

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 20.11.2015 | UK Parents
Simon Ragoonanan

I haven't really spoken to my nearly 4-year-old daughter about race that much yet. She has previously stated that she is "white like mummy". I responded with "No. you're light like mummy, but brown like daddy", which she accepts.

The Measure of a Man

Henri Ward | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Henri Ward

Modern entertainment inundates us with choice of male identities. Most interestingly in comedy, we often root for the lovable loser, who inexplicably beats all the odds to win the affections of a woman through some shared experience or misadventure.

Coming Together to Remember the Brave

Qari Asim | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK
Qari Asim

As we were united in remembrance, they were united in their sacrifice - men and women of all faiths and of none. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and people of other minority faiths have served in the British Armed Forces across two World Wars, facing down the hatred of Nazism and helping keep Britain safe in its direst hours of need.

It's Time to Get Real

Marie Maurer | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Tech
Marie Maurer

Thrust into the high seas of celebrity with barely a paddle, they have no choice but to define themselves by their audience. Their identity is cultivated, curated and reflected back into a black mirror: 'Who is the fairest of them all?'

How My Other Half Lives

Sarah Kwong | Posted 07.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Kwong

We had been in Hong Kong for five days, marvelling at their mild December. Through osmosis, I'd learnt even more about the culture than I already knew. But there were still parts of my history that I hadn't really considered until I was here, having dinner with long lost everyones and watching everyday life play out for the people who shared my DNA.

Are You Who They Say You Are?

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Wood

Studies show that the words we use to describe what we see, determines what we see. I encourage you to be mindful about the labels you give yourself and the labels you give others. They may be words, but these words transform into images in the mind, which can become self-fulfilling prophecies.

It's All in a Name, or Is It? The Power and Potential of Words

Alison Powell | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Powell

Names do make us think, form perceptions and yes, I am ashamed to admit but know it is universal, judge. Randy may be a perfectly common-place name among Americans, but unless it's just the people I know and I don't think it is, I have yet to meet anyone who wouldn't have to hide a smirk if they were introduced to a Randy from Swansea or Sheffield.

Killer Robots Might Be Humanity's Redemption

Karthick Ram Manoharan | Posted 05.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Karthick Ram Manoharan

Losses will be great, but we have already lost so much at each other's hands. Our victory, however, will be in our united, permanent struggle under the banner of a genuine, universal humanity.

Letter to the Young

Aaron Vallely | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK
Aaron Vallely

Settled I was, in the dim of a Café in the gut of Dublin City. I was navigating myself through the torrent of Facebook status' on my phone, when I no...

Who Am I Anyway?

Joshua Virasami | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

Personally I have found that I couldn't even place myself in cultural groups around me. When my hair was short, afro-diasporic people gave me the nod of solidarity, when my hair was long south-Asian diasporic peoples spoke to me in their diversity of languages, yet I remained neither here nor there.

Three Examples of the Evolution of Identity

Patrick Salyer | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Tech
Patrick Salyer

Allowing users to verify their identities and log in to websites and mobile applications using existing profiles from networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn not only creates a more streamlined experience for consumers, it also enables marketers to capture and leverage rich, first-party social identity data.

Dominicans of Haitian Descent Forced to Fight for Citizenship

Frankelly Martinez | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Frankelly Martinez

If the Dominican government begins to implement major deportations to Haiti, we will need to be ready to support the women, men and children displaced to a country where they do not belong.

Story-telling, Selfies and Safety

Emma Mulqueeny | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Tech
Emma Mulqueeny

Young people are using the tools of story-telling to identify themselves and each other, especially girls. The millions of selfies, much derided by the media are not born of simple arrogance - they are a continuous stream of identifiers: this is me, I look like this I am here wearing this.

Who Am I (That Bothersome Question)

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

A number of factors have persuaded me that perhaps it is time to live out the rest of my life exactly as I would want it. The last twenty years have been to say the least, quite traumatic: upheavals, long journeys, divorce and terrible betrayal within my own family.

The Road to Identity 3.0: From Microsoft Passport to the Internet of Things

Patrick Salyer | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK Tech
Patrick Salyer

The proliferation of connected devices, from connected cars to toothbrushes, has led to a new ecosystem of gadgets that must be able to communicate with each other in order to work and create personalised user experiences effectively.

Black and Blue

Caragh Little | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Caragh Little

It's just one of those passing fashions: meta, almost, a passing fashion about a passing fashion: a stripy dress which will go out of style almost as quickly as people forget the online debate about what colour it looks in different kinds of light.

Can You Believe They're Twins?

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Lucy and Maria Aylmer are twins - not that you'd think so from looking at them. The 18-year-old non-identical twins look radically different; one i...

My Children Are as Mexican, as I Am British

Harmeet Kaur Sidhu | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK
Harmeet Kaur Sidhu

Their first language is English (spoken with a British accent), their use of diminutives in Spanish eclipses mine, they eat Indian food as regularly as they eat tacos, one boy has long hair due to his Sikh heritage and because many a surfer in Sayulita has long hair.

Why Me Calling Myself Black-British Troubles My Mum So Much

Fisayo Fadahunsi | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK
Fisayo Fadahunsi

I agree with my mum that acknowledging my African heritage is important, both for the way I understand the world and the way that the world understands me. However, I would argue that how I identify is not entirely my choice.

Cutting Off My Dreadlocks

James Woolven | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
James Woolven

I was about to remove my most defining physical feature and I was scared that I would lose my identity. There's no doubt about it, when people see someone with dreadlocks they have certain preconceptions about what the person will be like.

London Is a Melting Pot of Cultures, We Should Keep it This Way

David Ready | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
David Ready

To be British is to be multicultural and accept inclusion within British society. Furthermore, stronger leadership is needed within communities to undermine extremism and promote change and integration into the wider London community.

Pledge Allegiance to the Flag or Be Against Us: An Helpful Rhetoric

Clara Eroukhmanoff | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Clara Eroukhmanoff

I am not pledging allegiance to the French flag, my country of origin, or to the British flag, my host country. I am pledging allegiance to my family, my friends, my teachers, my colleagues, my partner, to all the people from the various backgrounds that constructed "me" into "me," the diverse and heterogeneous voices of my life.

Bleach Blood: Against All Odds

Clara Cullen | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Entertainment
Clara Cullen

What Bleach Blood is exactly is difficult to define. Dance punk? Electro-rock? Forget genres, they often make things unnecessarily confined, and Bleach Blood were never going to fit neatly into a box anyway.

Everything Happens For A Reason -You Decide What That Reason Is

Jojo Furnival | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

From the moment we arrive on this earth, we're looking for answers. "What does that do? ... What does this mean? Why are you doing that?" How often, though, do we get satisfactory, or even honest, answers?

There's No Place Like Home...

Sophie Bauer | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Bauer

I have always dreaded the question "Where are you from?" For me there are only two options. I can um and ah and seem horrendously self-obsessed. Alternatively I can spare myself the hassle and just go for the easiest, least controversial option: I'm from Birmingham. What a copout...