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.
Viola Davis (right), the first African-American woman to win an Emmy award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, powerfully called out Hollywood in her acceptance speech Sunday night: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”
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The AARP Livable Communities team is proud to announce that our recently relaunched website ( and still-young monthly e-newsletter ( can now be described as “award-winning.”
It was a night for classic Hollywood star power to blend with the youthful glow of filmmaking's future as the 13th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala unfolded in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday.
As movie awards season draws a little closer, it's worth noting that the Screen Actors Guild will give its Life Achievement Award of 2014 to the inimitable Rita Moreno, who turns 82 in December. She'll add the SAG statue to a shelf of many others, an Emmy, two Grammys, an Oscar and a Tony (she is one of only 11 artists in entertainment history to have won that grand slam), not to mention a Presidential Medal of Freedom and a National Medal of the Arts. The presentation will be made at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 18 in Los Angeles.
Jeff Daniels courtesy ATAS
Jeff Daniels, who won Outstanding Lead actor in a Drama Series Sunday night for his performance in HBO's The Newsroom, will indeed be placing his new Emmy statue next to AARP's Movies for Grownups Award, which he won for the 2005 movie  The Squid and the Whale. The genial TV and movie actor, who lives with wife Kathleen in Chelsea, Mich., had some fun in the backstage media room after his win, playing off his onstage acceptance speech in which he said the only award he'd ever won was from AARP -  a "golden Barcalounger."
Annual Award Recognizes Those Who Make a Powerful Difference in their Community
The results are in, and A-list Hollywood stars joined AARP Magazine for the Movies for Grownups Awards Gala last week, and boy, were they A-list. The likes of Robert Deniro, Sean Penn, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Billy Crystal gathered to present and win awards.
Today, AARP and the National Association of Homebuilders recognized four companies in four categories (architect, developer, builder greater than 2500 square feet, and builder 2500 square feet and below) by awarding them the 2009 Livable Communities Awards.
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