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Barbranda Lumpkins Walls

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Barbranda Walls is a features editor for AARP Media who spotlights everyday people doing exceptional things. These folks might not make national news, but they deserve a shout-out. She loves pop culture – especially food, fashion, television and R&B music. Family, friends and spirituality play important roles in my life. And traffic.

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T. Thomas Fortune: He Paved the Way for Civil Rights Organizers

Posted on 01/22/2014 by |Best Life | Comments

Your LifeW.E.B. Du Bois. Mary McLeod Bethune. Stokely Carmichael. Malcolm X. Martin Luther King Jr. These are names of civil rights leaders you’re likely to hear during Black History Month. But here’s one you may not: T. Thomas Fortune. You might say that Fortune was the forefather of civil rights organizers. In 1890, he founded the National Afro-American League, the precursor to a host of groups, including today’s powerful National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Fortune was born …

She Joined the Peace Corps … at Age 78

Posted on 01/17/2014 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeWhenever Vivian Davis feels like doing something, she does it. So when she felt like joining the Peace Corps, she did – at age 78. Now 80, Davis is the Peace Corps’ oldest active volunteer. But not for long. She’s winding up a two-year assignment in Vaalbank, South Africa, a small, rural village 50 miles north of Pretoria. Davis has helped to raise HIV/AIDS awareness – distributing condoms, holding meetings about mother-to-child transmission of the virus, organizing data systems and …

Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush Unite for Afghan Women

Posted on 11/15/2013 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeFormer first lady Laura Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have different political allegiances. But there is at least one thing they agree on: The women and girls in Afghanistan have made great progress since 2001, and that progress must be preserved and pushed forward. Both Bush and Clinton are active in promoting freedom and equality for Afghan women, believing they are essential to the economic and political stability of their country. They joined Secretary of State …

He’s Connecting Older Adults to the Web

Posted on 10/18/2013 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeYou can call Terrell Danley Sr. a techie. At 81, the Washington, D.C., resident is fluent in the language of the Internet: downloading, Google Hangouts, social networks, apps, Web surfing, you name it. And he’s committed to plugging his contemporaries into the online world. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Three days a week, Danley shares his love and knowledge of computers with his class of 12 older adults that is part of pilot program called AARP Foundation Connecting …

Remembering 9/11 With Acts of Service

Posted on 09/10/2013 by |Best Life | Comments

Your LifeAs we remember Sept. 11, 2001, stories of good deeds that sprouted from that tragedy abound. One of them is how the tiny Canadian town of Gander, Newfoundland, and neighboring communities came to the aid of passengers aboard 38 planes that were hurriedly diverted to the North Atlantic fueling stop. Grateful passengers and crew members on one Delta flight – who received food, shelter and whatever they needed for their unexpected stay – decided to pay forward the kindness by …