We Applaud Black Oscar Winners

As we have come to the close of another empowering Black History Month, once again we are hit squarely with a reminder that there are still some places and institutions where African Americans/blacks have yet to receive full recognition. Generally recognized as the bastion of entertainment and icon for artistic prowess in America, Hollywood apparently remains one of those places. Despite significant strides, African Americans/blacks in the movie and film industries have significant hurdles to receive equitable recognition. Enter Reimagine …

Exclusive Clip: Donald and Kiefer Sutherland Have That Father-Son Chat

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Two Sutherlands for the Price of One! Can this be right? Golden Globe winners Donald Sutherland and son Kiefer have never costarred before? With this week’s opening of their new film, Forsaken, that cosmic injustice is finally redressed. Kiefer plays a burned-out gunslinger, while Donald is his preacher-man pop. In this clip exclusive to AARP, they encounter a gang of land-grabbing bad guys.   The Stuff That Dreams are Made Of This year marks the 75th anniversary of …

Will the Church Lead Racial Reconciliation?

With daily media reports of racial and cultural conflicts around the world and here at home, it is well worth noting a recent story about a multiracial group of clergy that has begun work on racial reconciliation in America. It took place with a meeting at the Potter’s House, ministry headquarters of Bishop T.D. Jakes in Dallas. On Jan. 15, the actual birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., pastors from around the country convened in Dallas to discuss …

Charlie Sifford: the Jackie Robinson of Golf

Struggling to break the color barrier in the Professional Golfers Association five decades ago, Charlie Sifford got a tip from Jackie Robinson, who had done the same thing for Major League Baseball. “You can’t be going after these people who call you names with a golf club,” Robinson told him. “If you do that, you’ll ruin it for all of the black players to come.” That was sage advice because Sifford, who passed away on Feb. 3 at age 92 …

Best Retirement Home Ever (for Once-Great Racehorses)

Just like the rest of us, the magnificent thoroughbreds that will be running in the Kentucky Derby eventually will grow old. But unlike us, racehorses don’t have Social Security, Medicare and 401(k) plans to rely on in their retirement years, and they don’t have control over their own fate. In the past, tragically, after their breeding days were over, even some great champions such as 1986 Derby winner Ferdinand have ended their lives in foreign slaughterhouses. But fortunately, thanks to the dedication of …

When Do ‘Preferences’ for Housing Programs Amount to Discrimination?

Many communities have affordable housing programs designed especially for older people on fixed incomes. The idea is to allow them to maintain a good quality of life in a safe, welcoming environment. But what if you have to be a resident of the community to qualify for affordable housing – and the community happens to be 85 percent white? Does that amount to discrimination based on race? >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter Yes, the U.S. Justice Department argues …