Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Updated 11/18/14 The third in a series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. If the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom had used Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media to draw people to Washington, what would have been different about that great gathering on the National Mall? That question kicked off a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday forum discussion this year. The conversation has grown from what could have happened …

Technology’s Brave New World: Crossing the Digital Divide

Charlotte Whittaker – AARP Kentucky Volunteer It’s a Brave New World and I want to be a part of it – online. Growing up in rural west Kentucky, I never imagined having the world at my fingertips. But, my tablet and my smartphone both fit in my purse and they are my ticket to the Web and everything I want to know. I was thrilled when invited to join AARP Live on RFD-TV and talk about how I’m using technology …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Burger King in Japan sells a burger with all-black fixings (cheese, bun, sauce). (Learn more at USA Today) 2. It’s possible to rob a store armed with nothing more than a banana. (Learn more at Buzzfeed) 3. Four out of five heart attacks can be prevented. (Learn more at AARP) >>10 Strange Destinations to Visit 4. “Multidisciplinary analysis” tops a recently declassified list of the CIA’s most-hated cliches. (Learn more at Washington Post) 5. …

9 Things to Know if You’re Laid Off After 50

Tales from the newly laid-off have been overflowing my Facebook news feed of late. These journalist friends, all of them over 50, are gobsmacked by the idea that their publications will go on without them. I get it — the same thing happened to me five years ago — and I’m heartsick for all of them. On the dark day in 2009 when I was unceremoniously dismissed from USA Today, I was informed that my job had been “eliminated.” Of course, …

Susan Sarandon Is a Grandmother!

Actress Susan Sarandon, 67, has played grandmothers in motion pictures, including The Lovely Bones (2009) and, more recently, Tammy. Now her make-believe experience will be put to work in real life. The Oscar-winning actress and self-proclaimed “Ping-Pong propagandist” officially became a grandmother on Aug. 9, when daughter Eva Amurri Martino, 29, and her husband, Kyle Martino, 33, a sports analyst for NBC, welcomed their first child into the world: Marlowe Mae Martino, who weighed in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces. >> …

16-Year-Old Takes Awesome Selfie With Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett

It comes as no surprise these days when teenagers are unfamiliar with names like Paul McCartney or Warren Buffett. But on July 13, 16-year-old Tom White knew just what to do when he spotted two of the world’s most famous people: he snapped a selfie with both of them. Moments later, his friend, who goes by @LukeKoesters, posted the photo to his Twitter account. White also posted the selfie to his Twitter and Instragram accounts. Best picture of the night with …