Five Good Reasons to Celebrate the Fourth of July

Can you imagine the looks on their faces in the audience when abolitionist Frederick Douglass, speaking at a commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, asked the question, “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” Visit AARP Black Community >> Many historians proclaim that speech of July 5, 1852, called “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro,” to have been among Douglass’ greatest orations. Pointing out the hypocrisy of owning slaves while celebrating independence, …

The Old MTV Is Back (Music Videos All Day!)

If you were 18 in 1981, the year MTV went on the air, you turn 50 this year. Back then, MTV actually played music. You may have to explain this to your grandchildren – to them, MTV may just be shows like “16 and Pregnant” – but back in 1981, MTV meant, literally, music television, playing videos all day. (Here’s video of the very first day.) Today, MTV is back. The channel that once introduced a generation to The Who …

4 Explosive Facts About July 4th

What’s not to like about the Fourth of July? For most of us, it’s a holiday, meaning that it’s a day of play instead of a day of work. And then there’s all the fun stuff associated with Independence Day: fireworks, parades, picnics and barbecues, fairs, carnivals, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies. What other day of the year has all that? >> Healthy Fourth of July Recipes Unfortunately, however, there are a few less-than-dandy things …