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Ruby Dee, Actress and Civil Rights Activist, Dies

Posted on 06/12/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyRuby Dee had impressive versatility as an actress in Broadway dramas, TV soap operas and movies that included Buck and the Preacher (1972) and Do the Right Thing (1989). Dee, who passed away on June 12 at age 92 in New Rochelle, N.Y., had an equally impressive career as a civil rights activist. She and her husband of nearly six decades, actor Ossie Davis, spoke out in the 1950s against McCarthyism; organized a campaign to press the government to restore the …

This Week in Boomer History: Medgar Evers … Pentagon Papers … ‘Hee Haw’

Posted on 06/8/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayOn June 9, 1969, the U.S. Senate confirms President Richard Nixon’s choice of Warren E. Burger to succeed Earl Warren as chief justice of the United States. Though generally conservative, Burger will vote in favor of school busing and abortion rights, and will write the court’s unanimous decision upholding a subpoena for the Watergate tapes. Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc immolates himself on a Saigon street on June 11, 1963, in protest against the government of South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem. After losing President …

‘Supermensch’ Starts Off a Summer of Documentaries

Posted on 06/4/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (Theaters June 6) Austin Powers star Mike Myers tries documentary filmmaking with a fond look at one of his oldest friends, Hollywood superagent Shep Gordon. Actually, it seems that Gordon is just about everybody’s oldest friend: He’s the ultimate people person, a guy who got where he is by collecting, repaying and cashing in what he calls “coupons” — favors, acts of kindness and professional courtesies. It’s hard to argue with his results: …

Opera’s Jessye Norman Finds Her Voice in ‘Stand Up Straight and Sing!’

Posted on 05/9/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentJessye Norman’s once-in-a-century voice has carried her from 1960s segregated Augusta, Ga., to the opera houses and recital halls of Europe, Asia and America. Norman tells her extraordinary story in a just-published memoir, Stand Up Straight and Sing! Despite racism, Norman describes a happy childhood. She grew up in Augusta surrounded by a large, loving family and a warm community of neighbors and teachers. At the center stood their church. Her parents and older siblings were active in the civil rights …

This Week in Boomer History: G.I. Joe … People Magazine … Rodney King

Posted on 03/2/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience Speeding on March 3, 1991, leads to a high-speed Los Angeles police chase for Rodney King and ends with a severe beating that is videotaped. When three of the officers are acquitted of charges a year later, riots break out in South Los Angeles. Mia Farrow appears as The Great Gatsby’s Daisy Buchanan on the cover of People Magazine’s premier issue, dated March 4, 1974. Other notables in the issue: Marina Oswald, Gloria Vanderbilt …

Pushed Out of the Workplace

Posted on 02/27/2014 by |Grassroots Advocacy | Comments

PoliticsHave you ever felt like an employer was holding your age against you? If so, you aren’t alone. In these tough economic times, more and more Americans believe they are facing age-based discrimination at the office. In fact, a 2013 AARP study found that nearly 2 in 3 workers ages 45-74 said they have seen or experienced age discrimination in the workplace. Of those, a whopping 92 percent said it was very or somewhat common. Nearly 20 percent of the …