Monday, 19 November, 2018

Aretha honored at Sunday service at father's Baptist church

Aretha Franklin and Cathy Hughes Source Jay Silverman Jay Silverman
Lora Ball | 20 August, 2018, 15:56

People everywhere are celebrating her life and her contributions to music and beyond.

"Some singers, they compromise their racial and gender dignity to make hit records", Jackson said - but not Franklin.

"On Thursday morning, Earth lost her music". Franklin is so beloved in Detroit that not one, but two streets bear her name.

It's understood she will be buried along with her late father and sisters in Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit. He went on to work with her on several songs and albums, including the memorable duet between Franklin and Mary J. Blige on "Never Gonna Break My Faith" for the soundtrack for the 2006 movie "Bobby".

A professional singer and accomplished pianist by her late teens, a superstar by her mid-20s, Franklin had long ago settled any arguments over who was the greatest popular vocalist of her time.

"She was a rose that grew tall in a garden of weeds".

She maintained her commitment to civil rights throughout her life and famously sang at President Obama's inauguration in 2009. Franklin, who has been dubbed and known as the "Queen of Soul", is known for many classics such as "I Say a Little Prayer" as well as the timeless, powerful "Respect".

The NAACP, the country's largest civil rights organization, presented Franklin with an award in 2008 for her role in advancing awareness of racial and social issues.

There's something about when a Queen calls.

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Jackson recalled once when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was facing bankruptcy.

In 1990, she sang at a rally in his honor in Detroit after his release from prison in South Africa.

"We have nothing to be sad about because she gave us so much". What would Aretha want here?' " said Mason, a producer for the project.

She continued, "And it is in Detroit that I continue to cultivate my career; it is to Detroit that I direct most of my charitable activities; and it is from Detroit that I receive much love and support, which I reciprocate".

The multiple Grammy victor cemented her place in U.S. music history with a powerful, bell-clear voice that stretched over four octaves.

To generations of women, especially black women, Franklin was an icon, an inspiration and a role model, who embodied not just the fight for racial but also gender equality.

Fans have been invited to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin at a two-day public viewing in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan later this month (Aug18).

But, after some practicing and giving it their all, he said the person who was playing the lead trumpet smiled, slapped him and his then roommate Snowden on the knees and said, "You guys are my team".

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