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R-E-S-P-E-C-T for Aretha

Who hasn’t danced to “Chain of Fools,” hollered out the chorus of “Respect” or swayed while singing “(You Make Me Feel) Like a Natural Woman”? The music of Aretha Franklin—who passed away at age 76—touched just about every person of our generation, but especially females. At a moment in our culture when women were claiming their independence, her songs became the soundtrack.

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Heavy Metal Grandpas Prove You’re Never Too Old for Adventure | NextTribe

These Heavy Metal Grandpas Prove You’re Never Too Old for Adventure

We usually don’t condone any kind of nursing home escape—but for these heavy metal grandpas, we’re going to make an exception.

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Happy 60th Birthday, Kate Bush

English icon Kate Bush turned 60 on July 30th – which gives us a reason to celebrate this splendid singer. She came to fame in 1978 while still a teenager when the song “Wuthering Heights” (inspired by the classic novel), heady with otherworldly vocals, hit number one in the UK and rippled across the charts around the world.

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Phyllis Sues Is Dancing Her Way Through Life—And She's In Her 90s | NextTribe

Phyllis Sues: A Dancing Queen In Her 90s

In the 1930s through 50s, Phyllis Sues was a New York City dancer, appearing all around town and even in five Broadway shows. More than half a century later, this dynamo’s dedication to staying in motion hasn’t flagged a bit.

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These Dragon Boat Festival Paddlers Are Pure Inspiration | NextTribe

These Dragon Boat Festival Paddlers Are Pure Inspiration

Every year, Hong Kong hosts its traditional Dragon Boat Festival, which involves some hard-core rowing competition. Teams of 22 climb into long, narrow wooden boats, with carved dragons at the prow and inside it, a large drum that’s banged to help the paddlers keep their rhythm. While the strength and coordination of all the competitors is amazing, one group deserves special mention.

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Granny Power: These Older Activists are Taking on the World

Activism is on the rise among women, whether you look at the #metoo movement or the epic Women’s March on Washington. But since we’re all about Aging Boldly, we want to give a virtual high-five to some remarkable women who prove that our middle and later years can be our most powerful. We’re talking about Granny Power, a movement of older females organizing and actualizing change in our culture. And you don’t have to be a grandma to participate – in most cases, that word is just used to communicate that the group is for women 50 plus.

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Croatia’s Female President in the World Cup Spotlight

Go ahead and cheer for the members of the French team, who just won the World Cup, or bemoan the fact that another squad you were rooting for lost. But after that, you may find yourself wondering about the woman you saw while watching the final – the one who was cheering so enthusiastically from the stands and hugging the second-place Croatian team after the loss. She’s Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the 50-year-old female president of Croatia.

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New York Times Obituaries Get an Overhaul (And It’s a Good Thing) | NextTribe

The New York Times Obituaries Get an Overhaul (And It’s a Good Thing)

The New York Times (aka The Gray Lady) has a new way of handling their obituaries, which we think deserves a round of applause. Acknowledging that too often it has only run tributes to the lives of white men, the newspaper is trying to course-correct with a feature called “Overlooked No More.”

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Here’s Something We Can Learn About Fighting Ageism

We are so impressed by what the upstanding citizens Down Under are accomplishing: The charmingly named Benevolent Society, Australia’s oldest charity, has set out to tackle age discrimination with their EveryAGE Counts program. Explaining that ageism is akin to racism and sexism and serves “a social and economic purpose of legitimizing and sustaining inequalities between groups–in this case between people of different ages,” they are out to nip it in the bud.

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Kate Spade Died: Here's Why We'll Miss Her | NextTribe

Here’s Why Kate Spade’s Death Is Hitting Middle-Aged Women Hardest

For so many of us at who are now at midlife, buying a Kate Spade bag as a rite of passage, a sign of style and success in the 90s when the shapely, label-showing bags debuted. Was yours an Audrey Hepburn-worthy navy one? Or a joyous striped number?

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